Felicia Honkasalo (b. 1986) is a visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland.

Her work, exhibited globally, includes solo and group shows, international film screenings, and her 2019 monograph, Grey Cobalt, published by Loose Joints.

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Felicia Honkasalo — Ghost In The Atom

To the epicenter and it’s warmth. Hallways crisscrossing. In the dark.

The work was filmed at TVO Nuclear Power Plant in Olkiluoto, Posiva Nuclear Waste Repository, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Sotkamo Silver Mine.

Ghost in the Atom celebrates the importance of remembering and of time passing. The spectator enters a seemingly empty space, puts VR-glasses on, and through this act enters a different, fantastic and invisible world. The starting point of our piece is the world’s longest funeral that takes place at the nuclear waste repository in Onkalo, Finland, 435m underground.

Copper encased capsules of nuclear waste will be placed in these underground caves for 100,000 years. It is a surreal, imagined landscape, where everything is seeped in a longing for touching and being touched, it is a labor of love.

The work uses VR technology and can be experienced by one spectator at a time. The groundwork for the work consisted of onsite artistic work at the Onkalo facility of the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant complex. The work was executed in collaboration with Masi Tiitta and Akuliina Niemi.

Felicia Honkasalo