Jenni Toikka & Eeva-Riitta Eerola
English and French with no subtitles
Lighthouse was shot on 16 mm film at Maison Louis Carré in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, central France. The focus of the work is the house designed by Alvar Aalto in 1959, commissioned by the art collector Louis Carré and his wife Olga. The building was erected on an elevated spot with a view over rural expanses, making their home a prominent landmark. The woods around it have now grown high and the house has become a time capsule, a reminder of its own era. The film takes us to these material and mental borderlines between the architectural and the organic, the constructed and the growing. It navigates the house and its grounds along its boundaries, skimming along half-walls and pausing at the wooden grilles that open and close the flow of view as well as air between the inside and the outside of the building. Sounds and images do not frame together a fluid singular narrative or space-time in the film, but rather direct attention towards diverse parallel events, experiences and points of view. The spoken lines are partly from Virginia Woolf’s novel To the Lighthouse (1927).
Jenni Toikka (b. 1983) is a Helsinki-based visual artist working predominantly with moving images. Toikka graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki in 2012. She has had several solo exhibitions in Helsinki including at Sinne, Forum Box and Kluuvi Gallery.
Eeva-Riitta Eerola (b. 1980) is a visual artist based in Helsinki. In her paintings, she explores the concept of perception and how we understand and experience images. Eerola also works with Jenni Toikka as an artist duo. The collaboration has opened up new possibilities for experimentation and play, apart from their individual practices.