Jaana Ristola

visual artist
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Of Power and Compassion

Assemblage, 2016.

11 bodies arrive to a minimalist filming set. They take off their clothes and enter the spotlight. Once they’re in the spotlight, a female voice arranges them according to their penis sizes. All-female crew documents the situation.

Producer: Mari Ljokkoi, Cinematographer: Tanja Glad, Sound designer: Aino Mättö, Lighting designer: Luca Sirviö, Set designer: Nanna Hirvonen, Research assistant, grip & still photographer: Maarit Mustonen, Production assistant: Saara Hannus


Photo by Maarit Mustonen

”The dawn is just: it stretches equally from one edge to another. — It’s a common condition: not of measured spaces, though all spacings are equal, all in the same light. Equality is the condition of bodies. What’s more common than bodies?”
(Jean-Luc Nancy, Corpus)

Photo by Maarit Mustonen

Building of the set up. Photo by Maarit Mustonen

(I wanted to distance myself from it. From that place.) research interviews trascripted, 2015.

Of Power and Compassion – Jaana Ristola