“Someone has to do something about the winter in Finland.” Having suffered enough of the interminably harsh winter in Finland, the artist finally decides to act. With a waterproof vacuum cleaner and a video camera, he goes to the frozen sea and sets to work.
Adel Abidin (born 1973, lives and works in Helsinki) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad before moving to Helsinki, Finland in 2000. Having started his career as a painter, he began to work with video and completed an MFA in New Media at Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts in 2005. Adding sculpture and installation to his repertoire, Abidin uses humor and irony to investigates themes of cultural identity, marginalization, nationalism, war, terror and heroism, surveying different experiences of living in a conflicting and precarious world. In 2007, Abidin represented Finland in the Nordic Pavilion of the 52nd Venice Biennale. Selected filmography: Foam (2007), Bread of Life (2008), and Memorial (2009).
Adel Abidin, IQ/FI 2006, 9:00 min