Mox Mäkelä’s ‘Strange’ – UK Premiere at Tate Modern in London

Video (2:33): a trailer about ‘Strange’ by Mox Mäkelä

Finnish artist Mox Mäkelä’s film Strange (Vieras) premieres on May 15, 2019 at 18.30–21.00, Tate Modern, London, UK.

Curatorial introduction
Strange [Vieras] 2018, DCP, black and white, sound, 111 min, Finnish with English subtitles
Discussion with the artist and Tate Film curators


‘Midway between a film and an audio play, the work blends the voices of off-screen characters with fantastical black-and-white visuals. The rich digital imagery is carefully edited to prompt associations between the sounds and images that unfold. Part drama, part satire, the work tells the story of The Stranger, an androgynous foreigner who travels the Finnish landscape and encounters a series of absurd yet tragic events. His estrangement slowly opens up ways of thinking about our position in the world, our relationships with others and the current ecological situation.’

About Mox Mäkelä

Mox Mäkelä (b.1958, Finland) is a conceptual artist who, since the late 1970s, has explored literary and ecological themes in her films and installations. She makes very low budget short films, and offers the results of her work for free on her Internet videostream. Her recent works include “idiot ibidem“, installation collection, text, film-diary, sound-diary and music adaptation, Suomenlinna, Rantakasarmin galleria, Helsinki, Finland, 2003, Human x – human and x, theme adaptation from an archive collection for the Oulu Art Museum, Finland, and the short film projects: meta matka / Children & Shepherd’s bank, (published on online in 2010), and Story Ambient, a spoken word video project and Sailor of Night Ship (2014) in collaboration with the Maritime Museum of Finland.

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