Choosing My Religion
The major world religions seen through the eyes of the media artist.
Marita Liulia’s most recent multimedia project views the major religions of the world from multiple perspectives, particularly the female one. Liulia’s work juxtaposes Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto. The exhibition is a visual and experimental whole comprising photographs, paintings, objects and media works. The exhibition had premiere at Kiasma, Helsinki, then it travels to Tampere, Turku and Vaasa.
• touring museum exhibition with informative materials (70 photographs, 12 paintings, interactive multimedia installations, religious objects, 2 documentary films)
• www.maritaliulia.com/cmr offers parallel presentation of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shintoism
• Choosing My Religion art book, available in Store. Published by Maahenki 2009
CMR is divided into an artistic and a factual section.The artistic part focuses on the intense experiences offered by religions, while the factual section highlights the role of religions as our mental tools.
The exhibition started from Marita Liulia's interest in different cultures. When staying in Japan, Liulia realised that she could not understand what it is to be Japanese without getting to know the local religions. Religions are closely intertwined with culture; the languages we speak and the way we think and perceive the world. They have also had a strong impact on arts: the visuals arts in the Western countries, for example, would be difficult for someone not familiar with Christianity to understand. A need to know more about each other's cultures – and religions – has increased with globalisation and mobility. Awareness of religious backgrounds helps us meet people we come across abroad, but we also more and more frequently need this awareness when encountering our neighbours or relations, who no longer necessarily are Lutherans.
In her powerfully visual exhibition, Marita Liulia has made use of various techniques. In addition to large paintings, photographs and installations, the exhibition contains two documentaries on the artistic processes of the exhibition, as well as computers through which the visitors can get acquainted with the factual online work at the exhibition's website. Liulia's approach to religions never overlooks the perspective of a woman. The artist, who is also the model in her photos, has placed herself in roles that normally are reserved for men. The tasks of interpreting holy scriptures or leading rituals are ways of taking part in the communal practice of a religion from which women normally are excluded.
(Joanna Kurth, intendent, Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum)
Hemmo Hytönen, Jakke Kastelli, Juha Vakkila, Tiina Porthan, Virpi Pahkinen, Kaisa Blomstedt, Tiina-Maija Lehtonen, Liisa Heikkilä-Palo, Raija Kallioinen, Riikka Löytökorpi, Michael Garner, Kalle Niemi, Matti Knaapi, Johan West, Sari Lindell, Stella Bottai, Paula Turku, Petri Kuokka, Juha Ferin
Production and contact
Marita Liulia, Medeia Ltd
Toinen linja 31 B 89, 00530 Helsinki, Finland
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KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art
Tampere Art Museum
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum
Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art
The City of Vantaa
The Ministry of Education, Finnish Cultural Fund, Arts Council of Finland, Kordelin Foundation, AVEK – The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture, FRAME, Maahenki Ltd., Finnish Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, USA, Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan