HETA KUCHKA & TUIJA KUCHKALet's Give It One More Try 14.9.2013 – 13.10.2013

Temporarily Out of Order, 2010
video
7'57''
edition 5 + 1AP

HETA KUCHKA

I'm raking leaves. My mom opens the door and yells: "Heta, come and draw!"
"Ok", I say
If I'd been drawing and my mom had told me to go and rake some leaves, there's no way I would have done it.

Why is it so hard to be nice to your own mother? No matter how many times I promise myself Ill be nicer to her, I end up standing in front of her throwing a tantrum like a 3-year-old. I guess I just figure Im her kid, so shes got to love me no matter what! God, I'm scared of getting old. But what Im even more scared of, is watching my mom get old.

Everyone knows that the relationship between mothers and daughters is a tough one. Youre always comparing yourself to each other, from the time one is born to when one dies. There are expectations and disappointments and, as you're trying to change the other to fit your idea of how they should be, you end up repeating your own mistakes over and over again. And were also just really different.

My mom worked in an art gallery for almost 40 years. When she retired, she got a really bad herniated disc. Our roles were reversed in a heartbeat. My younger brother and I became caregivers to our once fiercely independent mother.

I've loved my moms drawings ever since I was a little girl. Art has always helped the both of us to get through tough times. We started to process our feelings about our loss of independence by drawing each other. For us, the process is as important as the drawings.

Working together to create this joint exhibition has been a really rewarding experience. We've spent a lot of time together. And that's really important. We've taken turns spending hours studying each others faces and features. Sometimes we fight over stupid little things, and in those moments her face is the last thing I want to see. And Im sure the feeling is mutual. Its a pretty big challenge when you dont even want to be in the same room with each other.

Tuija: "You know, now that Im really looking at you, your chin is actually really huge. Especially this part right here" (as she pokes her finger at me annoyingly). "And Im going to have to fill out your cheeks, too." I roll my eyes. My mom hates it when I roll my eyes. And she hates how I always leave everything to the last minute. But we have our share of fun, too!

In the (freely translated) words of the famous Finnish singer Jamppa Tuominen:
"Lets give it one more try
Lets not waste any time
I love you today as I always have
I wanted you to hear that right now
Lets give it one more try, tomorrow is a new day
Weve both made mistakes for sure
But I guess some things can be fixed if we try."

Heta Kuchka & Tuija Kuchka

The exhibition consists of two separate shows. At the front of the gallery is Let's give it one more try, a joint exhibition by Heta Kuchka and Tuija Kuchka. At the back of the gallery is Heta Kuchka's video installation Present, created in collaboration with people living with Alzheimer's disease. Present is a video portrait of 11 people in which a live musician plays them music from their past or their own cultural or ethnic background. Viewers will be able to see the positive influence of the music through the subjects' own idiosyncratic responses, ranging from a faint smile to clapping and even dancing and singing. The video installation was produced by Residency Unlimited and was shot at the Shore Hill care home in New York City in the fall of 2012.

Many thanks to Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Frame Visual Art Finland, and the Consulate General of Finland New York.

 
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    Heta Kuchka & Tuija Kuchka: Bond, 2013
    pencil on paper
    76 x 95,5 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: Sleeping Beauty, 2011
    pencil on paper
    62 x 78 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: Pain I, 2010
    pencil on paper
    91 x 137,5 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: Pain II, 2010
    pencil on paper
    91 x 137,5 cm

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    Tuija Kuchka: Crack (detail), 2013
    pencil on paper
    83,5 x 137,5 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: Crack (detail), 2013
    pencil on paper
    83,5 x 137,5 cm

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    Tuija Kuchka: Bitch, 2013
    pencil on paper
    80,5 x 64,5 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: The Wicked Bitch, 2013
    pencil on paper
    80,5 x 64,5 cm

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    Tuija Kuchka: The First One, 2012
    pencil on paper
    79,5 x 61 cm

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    Tuija Kuchka: Daddy's girl, 2013
    pencil on paper
    57 x 46 cm

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    Tuija Kuchka: Beast, 2012
    pencil on paper
    57 x 45,5 cm

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    Tuija Kuchka: Girlie, 2013
    pencil on paper
    81 x 64 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: Dear Mommy, 2010
    pencil on paper
    43 x 33 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: Stockings, 2011
    pencil on paper
    79 x 61 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: Elder, 2010
    pencil on paper
    42,5 x 33 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: Exhausted, 2012
    pencil on paper
    57 x 45,5 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: Ache, 2010
    pencil on paper
    73 x 54,4 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: With Mom, 2012
    pencil on paper
    42,5 x 33 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: Rest I, 2013
    pencil on paper
    47 x 56 cm

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    Tuija Kuchka: Damn You Furry face, 2012
    pencil on paper
    79 x 61 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: Rest II, 2013
    pencil on paper
    62 x 78 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: Chilling, 2011
    pencil on paper
    62 x 78 cm

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    Heta Kuchka: The Mummy, 2013
    pencil on paper
    47 x 56 cm

  • kuchka/2013/Present_James_2012_netti

    Present (James), 2012
    video installation
    23'46''
    Edition 5+1AP

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  • kuchka/2013/Present_Joe2_2012_netti

    Present (Joe), 2012
    video installation
    23'46''
    Edition 5+1AP

  • kuchka/2013/Present_Ella_2012_netti

    Present (Ella), 2012
    video installation
    23'46''
    Edition 5+1AP

  • kuchka/2013/Present_Jean_2012_netti

    Present (Jean), 2012
    video installation
    23'46''
    Edition 5+1AP

  • kuchka/2013/Present_Louis_2012_netti

    Present (Louis), 2012
    video installation
    23'46''
    Edition 5+1AP

  • kuchka/2013/Present_Robert_2012_netti

    Present (Robert), 2012
    video installation
    23'46''
    Edition 5+1AP

  • kuchka/2013/Present_Goldie_2012_netti

    Present (Goldie), 2012
    video installation
    23'46''
    Edition 5+1AP

  • kuchka/2013/Present_Teresa_2012_netti

    Present (Teresa), 2012
    video installation
    23'46''
    Edition 5+1AP

  • kuchka/2013/Present_Socorro_2012_netti

    Present (Socorro), 2012
    video installation
    23'46''
    Edition 5+1AP

  • kuchka/2013/Present_Umberto_2012_netti

    Present (Umberto), 2012
    video installation
    23'46''
    Edition 5+1AP

 
 
 
 
 
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