Eyes as Big as Plates is an ongoing collaborative venture between Riitta Ikonen (Finland) and Karoline Hjorth (Norway).
Ikonen and Hjorth met during an artist residency in Sandnes, Norway in May 2011, where the first part of the series was produced in collaboration with local senior heroes, sailors, retired agronomes and 90-year old parachuters. The project was exhibited for the first time in Sandnes in May, before being presented at Pecha Kucha in Oslo in September. In January-February 2012 the series was shown at the Finnish-Norwegian Culture Institute in Oslo, and NRK’s Nasjonalgalleriet (national television) ran a program about the project, featuring the artists on a shoot in the swamps of Oslo.
During the summer of 2012 the series was also exhibited in the Camouflage show at Kiasma in Helsinki and a group show in Seibu, Tokyo. As the series got its first exposures abroad, the production also moved over the boarder to Ikonen’s home turf in Pohjois-Karjala. Part two of Eyes as Big as Plates presents Pohjois-Karjala seniors through references of familiar characters and protagonists of Finnish folklore, infused with the participating local seniors’ own stories and personal relationship to folklore, myths and imagination.
For the Recess Session in Redhook Eyes as Big as Plates continued with a multidisciplinary visual art and performance program for the senior residents of New York. In the autumn 2013 the series continues in Iceland and The Faroe Islands. More destinations are scheduled for 2014, if you’d like Eyes as Big as Plates to visit your neck of the woods, get in touch.
Riitta Ikonen: +1 732 731 9465 / +358 2345678 2480 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.riittaikonen.com
Karoline Hjorth: +47 45 77 57 67 / email@example.com / www.karolinehjorth.com