MADE IN MIND I Nepal-Finland screening project

Profile of the Artists and Art works from Finland

Sabotanic Garden

Brutal sounds and harsh movements from Finland. Sabotanic Garden is uncompromising international performance and music group. Neo folkloristic and ritualistic influences crashes with twisted humor and free space orientated physical approach. Sabotanic Garden was established in 2006 by performance & conceptual artist Pasi Mäkelä and sound designer Jussi Saivo.

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Obscure study and portrait of everyday life and death. Voyage to the dark matter and beyond.

Drunken Man Caused Exceptional Damage

Early Wednesday morning, police arrested an under 30-year-old man who had caused much damage overnight.

According to police, the man had intruded into a hotel room and stolen the belongings of a guest. Thereafter, the man’s drunken trip took him to the parking lot of a clothing shop, where he stole a lorry. After picking some flowers in a nearby garden, he reversed the lorry into a bakery wall, and crashed into the coffee shop.

Next, he stole a van from a car dealer. He ended his ride by first breaking the front door glass of a block of flats, and then making a man size hole into a newsagent’s wall.

The Messianic Research Centre for Visual Ethics

The MRCVE Artists Group – consisting of Jussi Matilainen, Asko Nivala, Janne Rahkila and Simo Saarikoski – was founded in 2002. During their performances, which exploit the traditions of scientific presentation and performance art, the group‘s research takes the artistic form of performance lectures transformed into theatrical spectacles. Documentations of these projects are, at times, realized through film art, or, at others, through experimental media art. In a video screening, a viewer can find oneself part of a performance as images turn into flesh.

In the last ten years of cooperation, they have performed in Europe and United States in addition to various single events in Finland. The State of the Nation I-IV (2010 – 2012) series was presented in Helsinki (FI), Malmö (SWE), New York (US) and Berlin (GER).

MRCVE has also collaborated with German artist Johnny Amore in two projects: 7 for the Price of 1 (a performance tour in Germany and the Netherlands 2010) and Operation Neuschwanstein (Germany 2008). The results of their research have been published as a book and in several documentary films.

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“State of Nation IV”.

Second Performance Festival at Glogauair, Berlin 2012.

”State of The Nation” is a performance series which started 2010. In this series MRCVE explores nations ability to confront alterity and understand their own roots. This happens in the act of performance, where MRCVE uses audience as a manpower in test situation environment. ”State of The Nation” also takes deep look to analyze fundamental localisation of nationalism and takes detailed action to reveal its basics. Every single performance of the series is culturally related to its location and forms the whole ensemble, which is functionally in all possible circumstances throughout the world.

Lora Dimova & Ana Gutieszca

Lora Dimova (Bulgaria, 1981) is a multidisciplinary artist, working in the field of performance, video, photography and installation. She explores possibilities of physical transcendence, psychic orders and disorders, alternative existence and other body & mind matters, related to the post-human way of being.

Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.

Ana Gutieszca (Mexico, 1984) is a visual and sound artist born in the dry lands of the northern Mexican desert. Her work deals with drawing and its deconstruction into sound in performance art. Her background in visual arts has influenced her approach to the sonic field, where she explores the acoustic qualities of drawing through the sonification of graphite, and the creation of analog and digital instruments.

She is co-founder and cultural producer of Third Space; a gallery located in the center of Helsinki where curates the Sound Room project.

Lives & works in Finland.

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T.E.H.D.A.S Live & Dead Art exhibition. Pori Art Museum. Pori, Finland 2014.

HUMANIMAL stems from the notion of deconstruction and reconstruction of ideas concerning mankind and particularly the human/animal relation. Footage from a butchery in Mexico is used: pigs were slaughtered on the background of a Mexican love song coming from the local radio. The lyrics of that song were translated in English and used in the performance with live voice processing.

Armed with the power of sound, voice and visual imagery a world of chaos and disruption is created. The incorporated aesthetics bring attention to the politics and poetics of a less anthropocentric world where the inner animal is unleashed, aware of its own powerful symbolic nature. What inevitably follows is a total deconstruction of identity, challenging the idea of what human is.

Profile of the Artists from Nepal

Jupiter Pradhan received his BFA in painting / printmaking at Fine Art College, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal and MFA in painting at University of Development Alternative (UODA), Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was awarded first prize; Red Cross Nepal (2000), honorable award; UODA, Bangladesh (2008) and special award (alternative medium); National Exhibition, Nepal (2011). Jupiter attended art residencies at Britto – Bangladesh (2007), Fukuoka Asian Art Museum – Japan (2011), National Museum of Contemporary Art – S. Korea (2012) and Marfa – Nepal (2013). Since 2005, he had his 4 solo exhibitions and several group shows in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Japan, S. Korea, Denmark and Canada including 13 Asian Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh and Chanwong Asian Art Festival, Chanwong, S. Korea. Though He was trained as a painter, he is also working with other mediums like Installation, Performance, and Video Art etc. Most of his current works are based on socio-political and cultural issues, utilizing local technical support, natural, traditional-cultural material and found objects.

Lives & works in Nepal.

Prithvi Shrestha is a visual artist from Nepal. He has received several awards for his outstanding performance in art. He has participated in several group shows and exhibitions in Nepal as well as in America, Dubai, Bangladesh, India and Japan and has participated in artist residencies in Britto art trust 2012, and porapara a space for artists 2008, Bangladesh. he has participated in 13th and 15th Asian art biennale at Bangladesh. He participated in the 17th NIPAF Asia Performance Art  Series 2014 ,Tokyo, Miyazaki, Nagano in Japan. He got the award from The World Bank South Asia Region and the World Bank Art Program USA 2012. Some of his major solo exhibitions are ‘Dristi 1’ (1994), ‘Dristy 2’ (1998), ‘Visible Lines’ (2007) and his recent  major solo exhibition, ‘Astitow (Existence)’ took place in 2011 at the Siddhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu. He is a Founder of Bindu, a space for artists.
Lives & works in Nepal.

Performance Description:


Life is where there is sound and there are art and cultures associated with life. Each and every species on the earth has its own peculiar sound .These sounds has touched each individual in its own way. Someway, somewhere I feel like these sounds are slowly disappearing from our life. The sound of natural rivers and streams . The sound water makes while dashing with the stones and rocks in the river, and the sound of different traditional instruments. People are trying to abolish all of these sound, the sounds that have touched each and every corner of our mind and heart for the purpose of retaining our existence. These sounds are still playing softly somewhere within my thoughts and I can feel it in my heart. I have tried to show these things through my performance where the head is covered fully with a drape bell and by making sounds with the stones I am trying to make the sound of the nature. This sound has touched everyone and our existence lies within the sound of the nature.

Saurganga Darshandhari is a visual artist and printmaker based in Kathmandu. She has frequently shown her artworks in Nepal, Bangladesh, India, South Korea and Srilanka and has participated in artist residencies in Srilanka, Bangladesh and South Korea. She has also taken part in the Kathmandu International art Festival. She has participated in 13th and 15th Asian art biennale at Bangladesh. She participated in the 19th Nippon international performance art festival at Tokyo, Nagano, Osaka, in Japan 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Tribhuvan University and Master’s degree in printmaking from University of Development Alternative, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has won several awards and was felicitated with best media award from university of development Alternative, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2008. Basanta Women’s exhibition National Academy of fine Art 2012, National  Regional Award Nepal Academy of  Fine Art 2014.Recently she is awarded from Australian Himalayan Art Foundation Award 1014. Darshandhari teaches printmaking at Tribhuvan University Lalitkala and Sirjana collage of fine art. She is a founder member of Bindu, a space for artists.
Lives & works in Nepal.
Performance Description


Almost all of our work is directly or indirectly influenced by politics. It is because of this politics that may changes occur in our society. All the politician consider themselves as good person and justify their doings whereas they always criticized their opponents and point fingers on others politicians those creating a state of chaos and confusion among the people. But the same politicians can go to any extend when it comes to achieving powers, they can degrade to any state and for the sake of power/authority they control the common people like puppets. Even after all these wrong doings the so call the politicians still call themselves a just person. The white dress my performance symbols the purity and the colorful feather as a common people which is very light and easily floats into the air. The politicians are blowing as to wherever direction they us to blow. Similarly I am linking red color with the corruption and in contrast golden color as the pure form. So I tried to show the politicians whose hand is full with corruption are going pure works, the works with which the future of the country and its people is depend on.

Manish Lal Shrestha has completed his Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from Sir J.J. School of Fine art, Mumbai, India in 2001. Thirteen solo Art exhibitions and several workshops in Switzerland, France, Pakistan, Srilanka, India, USA, Holland and Nepal in his credit, made him well received Multi-Disciplinary Visual Artist of Nepal. He received several awards, including National Fine Arts Award in 2011 from Nepal Academy of Fine Arts. He has participated in many residencies including Artist in Residence, Changdong Artist Studio, National Museum of Morden and Contemporary Art, South Korea  in 2014, VASL Artist Residency, Karachi in Pakistan 2008 etc and also part of curatorial team in Arts of Nepal, the Art Center Highland Park, Chicago, USA in 2012. He is Founder/ Executive Director of Gallery Mcube, Nepal. He curates AIR_MCUBE artist in residence Local and International in Nepal. He is a lecturer of Sirjana College of Fine Arts, Nepal.
Lives & works in Nepal.

Performance Description

“REBIRTH” performance art work by Manish Lal Shrestha has staged in Nepal 2014. In this work he tried to get out of the occupied space of limitation as a womb with natural sound effect of suffocation and temptation of outer world. It was really interactive performance where he has involved entire audiences to light up the candles. Many volunteered were there for the work in sound, light and carrying to the performance area.
I wanted to create real life time experience of existence through sound light and performance which is really a powerful expression of reawakening of self being and self realization. He states.


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