Films, videos and photographs
Finnish artist Salla Tykkä tells stories frontally, instinctively, even primally. Her films show complete mastery of the medium and powerfully use it to visualize the experience of young girls running, discovering things, and discovering themselves. Salla Tykkä’s fascinating films, videos and photographs also manage to convey psychological elements and a real sense of the body: a kind of breathless physicality.
Her film/video installations tell stories in which the artist makes the protagonist face unexpected encounters and conflicts and odd situations. In the first film of the CAVE trilogy, a girl called Lasso comes back home from a run and goes behind her house to see if there is anyone behind a big window. There she sees the fascinating spectacle of a bare-chested man dancing majestically with a lasso. Here it is the girl and not the boy who is the voyeur. Salla Tykkä’s girls come out of their secret rooms and their adolescent skins, becoming women as they do so. In the photographs and videos displayed at the Lambert Collection, these girls see and feel themselves as strong presences: they want to be seen and recognized.