Mourning School is an artistic study program on the notion of being in grief as the stuff of our everyday, initiated by Lucie Gottlieb and Rosa Paardenkooper.


leijuvat ∿ liehuvat ∿ liitelevät
whine ∿ wail ∿ whimper
Raoni Muzho Saleh, Emmi Kuittinen and Jonas Holmer

At HIAP Open Studios
18-19 November, 2022

Images by: Ellis Hannikainen and Mourning School
Start slow, feel the softness of your breath. Experiment with the sound of a syllable, move into a word, lean into a sentence, do you feel the vibrations in your gut, hear the echoes of your voice?

leijuvat ∿ liehuvat ∿ liitelevät    //    whine ∿ wail ∿ whimper  
is an open invitation to experiment with the voice as a generative instrument for healing and grieving. During the open studios we share part of our research into voice activation and grief through a work in progress that brings together a soundscape by artist Jonas Holmer, a lyric inspired by Ingrian runo-songs written by musician Emmi Kuittinen, and a moaning instruction by artist Raoni Muzho Saleh.

Starting from conversations with practitioners of the ancient lamenting tradition in Karelia, our research during the residency at HIAP brought us to an inquiry into the relationships between our voices and grief; how does grief sit inside our bodies, and how can we unlock it as we unlock our voices? In this installation we share the potential of the voice as a generative instrument for healing, transcending, and grieving.

An essay and mixtape inspired by our research at HIAP have been published in the LINGERING, a broadsheet by Blackwood Gallery. The text and mixtape can be accessed here

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leijuvat ∿ liehuvat ∿ liitelevät    //    whine ∿ wail ∿ whimper consists of newly commissioned lyric by Emmi Kuittinen, a work by Raoni Muzho Saleh and a newly commissioned sound piece by Jonas Holmer. 

We would like to thank the team and other residents at HIAP for their endless support and the joyous times we shared together. 

The installation is made possible with support from HIAP and Kulturrådet, and the residency was made possible by HIAP and with support from the Helge Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse.