the soft spot (ongoing)
Still pouring from the soft spot is a performance-installation giving space to sensitivity as multi-sensorial and visceral. Through dance and performance art as well as lens-based animation it aims to materialise emotional labour as not measurable, but experiential work. As supporting, holding, nurturing, staying silent, being in process, bursting, dwelling, cleaning. The project is based on curious, open and experimental collaboration between media- and dance art. Our aim is to make space for an open and soft reflection on emotional labour and sensitive, emotional bodies.
Still pouring from the soft spot is a multi-diciplinary collaboration between dance artist Sonjis Laine and photographic artist Veera Nivalainen. The continuous project takes different forms in different spaces and occasions. Our work on emotional labour and sensitivity has grown into an important practice of friendship, collegiality and taking care.
sharing fruit and other
intimate encounters (2023)
Sharing fruit and other intimate encounters is a photographic body of work consisting of scannograps and photographs. The project ponders about fruits, skins, flowers, insects, weekday breakfasts, brushing teeth, vournability and closeness. In Nivalainen’s artistic process the camera works like a sensitive skin trough which the external world and internal experiences are allowed to meet. Essential themes are intimacy, sense of safety and care which the artist investigates trough their immediate material surroundings.