29th Nov – 17th Dec
12 min on loop
A Swedish-speaking and a Finnish-speaking girl play snowball fights with their friends in the areas in central Finland in Mänttä-Filpula where the front line was during the Finnish Civil War. The children are divided into two teams: one team has red and the other team white armbands. The girls also play the board game Battle of the Reds and Whites in Finland in 1918. They read the game rules and think about the children’s situation during the civil war. The snowball fight continues and the children exchange armbands with each other, that is, they switch sides.
Johanna Lecklin is a visual artist from Helsinki, Finland. As a child, she lived in Sweden. She works with moving image, photography and participatory art and her work has been shown at exhibitions, film festivals and biennials both in her home country and abroad. Lecklin has a doctorate in visual arts from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts in Helsinki.
During the Umeå European Film Festival, Vita kuben in Norrlandsoperan has invited Lecklin to show the work Not just a matter of passion. It is a film that searches for clues in history and can offer keys to understanding our present. Does the division in Finland today still depend on events in history?
Opening hours Vita kuben:
Monday – Friday 10.00–12.00, 13.00–15.00
as well as when the Electra is open 16.00–20.00