Poetics of Encryption
Reading Performance:
Secret Words and Related Stories


with Jonna Kina, Shade Théret und Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju


6 March 24, 7 pm

In English

Venue: KW Studio

Registration via reservation@kw-berlin.de



<p>Jonna Kina, <em class="">Secret Words and Related Stories, </em><span class="">2013–2016, Videostil</span>. Courtesy the artist.</p>

Jonna Kina, Secret Words and Related Stories, 2013–2016, Videostil. Courtesy the artist.


For this event performers Shade Théret and Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju read a series of true stories. Each tale concerns the secret history of a password—as told by its owner to the artist Jonna Kina. While upholding the boundary between personal and public information, the intimate formation of our chosen ‘secret words’ pull in another direction. Usually created to protect one’s private data, passwords often reflect personal memories or other confidential references. Experienced as a series of narrative vignettes, these confessions are, by turns, thoughtful, humorous, and poignant.


Jonna Kina (b. 1984, FI) lives and works in Helsinki. She works across a variety of mediums including sound, sculpture, film, language, performance, and installation. By unveiling and deconstructing forms and methods, the works often incorporate narratives of translation and transformation as a link between the viewer and the artwork. She studied in New York, Jerusalem, and Helsinki. Her works have been widely presented in numerous international exhibitions and festivals, such as e-Flux Video & Film, Words Takeover program (2022); Berlinale Forum Expanded (2021); Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (2022); Moscow Biennale for Young Art (2018). Her film Arr. for a Scene was awarded Best Nordic Short Film (2017) by Nordisk Panorama. She received the William Thuring Prize from The Finnish Art Association (2022) and the VIDS Media Art Prize from Lappeenranta Art Museum (2021).