Viljelijät (Farmers)


Video 2015
Site specific performance 2014
Viliina Koivisto, Vilma Merta
Sarka – The Finnish Museum of Agriculture, Loimaa, Finland

Viliina Koivisto ja Vilma Merta are daughters of farmers. Neither of them knows how to drive a combine harvester or when is a right time to sow. In Farmers Koivisto and Merta became farmers and the only rule was: fathers are not allowed to help. Artists wanted to find out if they have inherited any knowledge about farming as a result of growing up in the countryside.

The project took place in a field of Sarka – The Finnish Museum of Agriculture in Loimaa during the spring and summer 2014. Artists documented their process and discussions with their fathers. The video document allows us to ask what is the role of farming in our society.