Virtual Installation Fate of Place
A Virtual Installation by Maritta Nurmi
Đông Kinh Nghĩa Thục Square, Hoàn Kiếm District
Our perception of a place is formed through the different ways in which millions of pieces of information are received through our sense of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Bit by bit, that place becomes a part of who we are and shapes our identity. As all of this goes on, this place is transformed from one generation to the next in mysterious ways.
Located in the North East of Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Đông Kinh Nghĩa Thục Square connects the Old Quarter with the French Quarter. The square is known as Hàm Cá Mập (Shark Jaw) by local people thanks to an ugly building situated nearby.
Walking around Đông Kinh Nghĩa Thục Square, the artist plays with the idea of a magnificently pervasive gaze drilling into the buildings and people to see and feel all that is part of this place. Places and buildings are, after all, condensation of time. Holy land covered with coconut garden, the Tonkin free school, a statue on top of the Turtle Tower, grim scenes of colonialism as well as elephants walking towards their extinction are all a part of this work as ’Fate of Place’ looks to encompass this place as a whole across time.
Maritta is a Finish artist based in Hanoi. Her 25 years in Vietnam, together with an education in Finland both in natural sciences and visual arts have merged into an alchemist-like metallurgic experimentation in painting. Maritta equally enjoys exploring other genres of art, including ceramic art, wearable art, public art and community based art projects. She has exhibited in numerous countries across 3 continents.