Nastja Säde Rönkkö: for those yet to be

Now showing, 17 Nov—16 Dec

for those yet to be is a performance/video project in which I visited some of the most fragile sites of our planet. I went to places and spaces that are already, or are about to be destroyed by humans: travelling to mines, glaciers, farms and nuclear disaster sites such as Chernobyl in Ukraine, Talvivaara in Finland and The Great Barrier reef in Australia.

In each place I experienced, I performed a one-person protest with a cardboard sign. Although seemingly employing the language of a political protest, the texts of the signs are ambiguous, poetic, critical and apologetic messages for future generations, loosely implying what has happened, or what will happen in that place. Next to a melting glacier I held a ‘Glaciers You Will Not Speak’ sign and in a palm oil plantation ‘Extinct Species You Will Study’ sign.

There is a sensibility that we are close to the end of the world as we know it: current ecological, political and technological narratives are volatile and often dark. Extreme weather, resource shortages, flooded cities, vanishing species and looming nuclear disasters are no longer a part of science fiction writing or a post-apocalyptic movie but a very tactile part of out reality. for those yet to be aims to reflect these changes through personal experience: exploring our fragile environment through emotions, presence and vulnerability.

for those yet to be is generously supported by Koneen Säätiö, AVEK ja Taiteen Edistämiskeskus.