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 — Terminal Beach

"The void is in no void at all. It is wild, active and obscene"

A video installation based on the novel Terminal Beach (1964) by J.G. Ballard. Work made as part of HNV Collective.

The starting point of the project is a vial of Trinitite. The jade green mineral is a byproduct of the first atomic bomb, that was dropped down into the sands of the Alamogordo desert on July 16, 1945.

The work entices the viewer into real and imagined historical borderlands and places where time has contorted and turned flexible. At the core of our work is this strange, invisible phenomenon, that to some extent remains unknowable to most of us, that can worm itself into you, your body, your flesh.

This tiny atom when torn in two, can cause devastation on such a scale that it is perhaps beyond the power of the individual to imagine. We were interested in how the birth of the fissile material age began with devastation, but later turned into an era of optimism through the energy industry. Then came Chernobyl. We are all radioactive, emitting radiation at low levels.

Felicia Honkasalo