Henna-Riikka Halonen uses a wide range of historical and cultural references, including Avant-Garde theatre and science fiction literature and cinema – testing the tensions between performers, audience and acting and non-acting. Her projects often examine the present and future through pre-existing events, and fictions, highlighting the problem in showing courses of events though isolated images. She creates stories within stories, spaces within spaces, events within events, in which social possibilities are both rehearsed, performed and re-performed. In this, historical and contemporary and futuristic references are brought together through an intertextual playfulness in collage like process. The narrative structure of her video and performance work remains enigmatic and the reality and fiction are hard to distinguish and the temporal and spatial relationship of the events is open to question.

Halonen graduated with MFA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London in 2006. She lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. She has worked on and produced many collaborative large scale video projects and commissions in UK, Israel, Ireland, France, Sweden and Finland and has shown her work widely in international exhibitions and festivals such as
You Imagine What you Desire, Biennale of Sydney 2014,
Eden The Pow(d)er of Fear, Lilith Performance Studio. Malmo, Sweden,
Fictitious Entry, Uqbar, Berlin,
Ny Finsk Videokunst, Kunsthall, Grenland, Norway,
Video Dumbo festival, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, New York,
Gallery Factory, Seoul, Korea,
Saison Video, France,
Transmediale, 2012, Berlin,
Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris,
Festival De Nouveau Cinema, Montreal,
Brussels Short film Festival,
Musrara Mix, Jerusalem, Israel,
Collective Gallery, Edinburgh,
Berwick Gymnasium Gallery, UK,
Loop Video Art Fair, Barcelona,
Grimmuseum, Berlin,
Gstaad Film festival, Switzerland,
Incheon International Biennale, Korea and ARTE TV Channel(France/Germany) etc.

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