At the Untitled festival in September Mari Keski-Korsu will enact a performative intervention called ‘Holding Space with Yarrow’. It is a participatory and performative session that engages with yarrow through foot baths, hydro bodies and meditation.
Yarrow (siankärsämö) is one of the oldest plant remedies in Nordic region and is considered to help with many illnesses and conditions. The plant has about 150 names in Finnish, all describing its different features. The names connect linguistically to the Baltic Sea area healing culture that is documented in poems and stories. What could this powerful plant, which many consider merely a weed, mean for us today? And how could its voice be heard in human communities?
Mari Keski-Korsu is a transdisciplinary artist who explores how ecological changes manifest in everyday life. The work is based on collaborations with different kinds of communities, individuals and species. Her medium of expression is a hybrid combination of performance, visual arts and live art. Her current practice for several years now, is focused on interspecies communication and care, aiming to enable empathy towards whole ecosystems. She is interested in intersections in between art, activism and science from permaculturic and ecofeminist perspectives. In 2020 -2022, she’s artist member of an art & science team working in Access Abisko -programme in sub-Arctic Sweden, researching on how climate breakdown affects values and rituals.
More about Mari Keski-Korsu and her art at marikeskikorsu.net.
More about Holding space with Yarrow at www.artsufartsu.net/akantupakilla-lahirohtola
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