Four women in mourning weeds wander around the city singing hymns for misplaced rubbish. When they find one, they gather around it and bury it with a ceremony to the nearest bin. They follow the riverside of Turku’s Aurajoki and end up singing a hymn to the Baltic Sea. At the bank behind the mourning women lies text “Here rest’s the Baltic Sea”.
The title Itkijänaiset (Weeping women) refers to a karelian tradition of the 17th and 18th centuries, in which pagan women groups went to cry and sing lamentations on yards of houses and communities faced by tragedy.
Performance combines karelian tradition and ecology together in a form of collective grief. It was performed at Olohuone 306,4 km² open urban art festival in Turku.
May Collective: Veera Alaverronen, Maia Häkli, Tarja Sahlstedt, Veera Turunen