Heidi Kilpeläinen, who became known in the art world as “HK119”, is not the first performer in her family. Kainuu-born Daniel Cajanus (1703–1749) had gigantism, but he turned his notable size into an advantage and ended up performing all around Europe. Now his legacy is kept alive in The Great Unknown exhibition in which Kilpeläinen discusses themes such as immigration through Cajanus.
In the video work Land of Dreams the artist builds bridges between different worlds, generations and cultures. The songs in the video unveil the importance of small gestures and undivided attention. People who were previously strangers come together when Kilpeläinen performs to both war veterans as well as asylum seekers.
The exhibition stands up for boundless hospitality, consideration and caring.
The Great Unknown is part of Kajaani’s Daniel Cajanus Summer which will culminate in performances of the Finnish-Dutch collaboration Cajanus – A Giant Opera at the Eino Leino House at Paltaniemi 24.–28.7. More information of the Opera can be found at: www.cajanus.fi
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