Akantupakilla (Lähirohtola)

Akantupakilla (Lähirohtola) was exhibited in Turku Art Hall in Maan Oikeus (Earth Right) -exhibition in 2. – 24.2.2019. Akantupakilla concisted of two pieces: sound installation Earthling Companion Yarrow and participatory ritual Akantupakilla / Holding Space with Yarrow.

Yarrow is one of the oldest remedies and is considered to help with many illnesses and conditions. The plant itself have about 150 names in Finnish, all describing its’ different features. The names also connect linguistically to the Baltic Sea area healing culture that is documented in poems and stories. These names are present in the sound installation.

A performative and participatory ritual Holding Space with Yarrow engaged through foot bath, hydro bodies and meditation with yarrow. Raising questions like: Yet what may this powerful plant, which many consider merely a weed, mean for us today? How could its voice be heard in human communities?

Yarrow was one of the plants of Lähirohtola which is a community art project and common plant remedy apothecary created in Kannelmäki and Malminkartano in Helsinki. The project explored together with the local residents about remedies, their use and how the plants are present in human domain and searched a deeper connection with the environment. Important part of the Lähirohtola were the local Plant ambassadors representing different plants.

Thank you curator Taru Elfving and everyone in Turku Art Hall.

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