Photo by Michael Miller
- Jean Claude Saintilus, Jean-Louis Huhta and Per Huttner perform at Lenin in Murmansk (June 7), Skolt Sami Museum in Neiden (June 8), Terminal B in Kirkenes (June 9), Fristaden in Stockholm (June 13) and at Putte’s Bar & Pizza in Helsinki (June 14).
Vision Forum is proud to invite you to a touring performance in the Nordic countries by visual artists and musicians from Haiti and Sweden. The performance offers a unique blend between conceptual art, contemporary music, Voodoo practices and brings them into dialogue with the cultures of the arctic. The performers use video projections, texts and create music using modular synthesizers, percussion and voice. They merge experimental music, traditional music and electronic dance music into a performative unity.
In the “The Boundaries of Death Challenged” they will focus on how views on human mortality informs and shapes our every day existence. The project brings together two distinct and opposing cosmologies: on the one hand, the secular, scientific Western tradition that sees death as the end and the Haitian outlook where the boundaries between the living and the dead remain porous. The dead "stay" among the living and voodoo artists like Jean-Claude Saintilus. He sees and interacts with them on a daily basis. In the performance the artists use field recordings from the arctic region and bring them into dialogue with their own artistic and spiritual practices.
Jean Claude Saintilus (b.1960) is Haitian artist and musician. He started working with the collective Atis-Rezistans in 2002. Most of his work is figurative and Voodoo-laden. He has created an incredible structure dedicated to Gede in his yard which is half altar and part art installation. He represents a strong blurring of boundaries between religion and art, citing the spirits as his biggest influence and inspiration. “My whole family is mystical. I asked the spirits that I could do work with my mind and be creative. They told me to do work that is mystic and so I can better understand the mystic. The mystic is an absolute truth. It exist, so therefore I love it.” Exhibitions include Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, the Ghetto Biennale and In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art, Fowler Museum.
Jean-Louis Huhta (b. 1965) is a Swedish musician, drummer, producer and DJ. He has a history in various Swedish bands going back through the mid 80s, ranging from punk and art-music to grindcore and funk. He started his musical career in the early eighties as a member of Freddie Wadling's post-punk band Cortex. He later joined the Swedish hardcore band Anti Cimex, in which he played percussion between 1984 and 1987. Since then he has participated in various bands and more or less experimental art projects. Together with Texas Instruments he created rhythm-based, industrial noise and as a member of the art collective Lucky People Center he found his way to the contemporary dance music. He has also tried his hand at funk, hip hop with The Stonefunkers.
Per Hüttner (b.1967) is a Swedish artist who lives and works in Stockholm and Paris. He was trained at Konsthögskolan, Stockholm and at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. He has shown extensively in Europe, Australia, Asia, North and South America. Solo exhibitions and major presentations include Zendai Contemporary in Shanghai, Göteborgs konstmuseum, the Nobel Museum, Chisenhale Gallery and Wellcome Collection in London. Participation in group shows include Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM); Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Hayward Gallery in London, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, MACBA in Barcelona. He has performed at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Pinacoteca and the Venice Biennial. A dozen monographs on the artist’s work have been published in the last decade. Hüttner is the founder and director of the Vision Forum, a project-based international experimental research network.
The project is a collaboration with Vision Forum and is supported by Stockholm stad and the Nordic Culture Fund.