Bern

Salla Tykkä

Kunsthalle Bern

A young woman boxes with an older, much larger man, the vulnerability of her naked torso in stark contrast to her aggressive punches. An adolescent escapes from a building in which she has been suffocated by a triangular relationship with an older man and woman; she runs deeper into the forest until she reaches a summerhouse and freedom. The same girl, older now, spies on a young man practicing lasso tricks; she's moved to tears by the beauty and purity of his actions.

At the heart of Salla Tykkä's work is a series of highly condensed visual metaphors expressing physical and emotional vulnerability, specifically that of female adolescents. In the earliest of the videos shown here, Power, 1999, the fraught relationship between father and daughter is alluded to in the single, visually dense activity of a boxing match acted out by a professional fighter and Tykkä herself. The collision of

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