Pinja Valja

To make a film just to meet Vera
28 Jan – 20 March 2022

To make a film just to meet Vera (2020/2021) is an experimental documentary about an encounter between two women, media artist Pinja Valja and model Vera Ruuska. As a child, Pinja dreamt of becoming a princess when she grows up. The main duty of the princess was to be beautiful, wear gorgeous clothes and be admired – just like a model. Pinja begins to make a documentary about Vera in order to explore her own childhood dream. The film follows documentary project from childhood memories to fashion shoots, as getting to know Vera forces Pinja to reflect on her own identity. Through the story of the two women, the film explores representations of beauty and the performative nature of identity.

To make a film just to meet Vera has been kindly supported by Kone Foundation, AVEK and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.