Heart de Love

Parantola, Paimio Sanatorium, 2016

How does the separation from non-human world affect the human mind? What if the human well-being is connected to condition of the non-human? Could the building itself be capable of healing element? What about animals and plant life?

Heart de Love is a site-sensitive installation for a room and a terrace consisting of photographs, projected moving image and objects both found in the building and brought there. Heart de Love believes in empathy, speciesism, associations and resting.

Parantola exhibition (eng. Sanatorium) at the former tuberculosis hospital creates a connection between the space and the art works including the original idea behind the famous building designed by architect Alvar Aalto. The initial idea behind the Sanatorium was for the building itself to function as a healing element and the architect referred to it as a medical instrument. Aalto combined modern architecture and artistic creativity to a humane approach of medical treatment. Besides the healing perspectives, the thematics of the exhibition aim to annotate wellness from larger context. Through its residents, the building links to the concept of temporary that more and more defines the different forms of our being and doing. Separated from the everyday world, the sanatorium formed its own unique society. The artists Anna Torkkel & Masi Tiitta, Anni Puolakka, Essi Kausalainen, Frank Brümmel, Harri Laakso, Hertta Kiiski, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Mikko Kuorinki & Lisa Radon and Tero Nauha all present site-specific works, which are specially created for the Parantola exhibition.