Hélène Baril was born in the French Alps, but grew up by the sea, the same part of Brittany frequented by the great filmmaker/biologist Jean Painlevé, who among other things, practiced filming under the sea. After getting an MA in literature, Hélène quit her job teaching French to study art. Moving to Finland, she began a career painting houses, purposely confusing the work of fine arts and decoration. Recently, she’s been developing a “tale” involving racecars. In 2011, she created Orlandus Gallery, inspired by a fictional Finnish painter and racing car driver from the early 1800s. The artist also served as inspiration for SBK, an experimental collaborative Hélène founded in 2012, which uses a car for meetings, projects, and as a working tool. Constructing its name and logo after Shell Oil, SBK is “an allegorical and poetic initiative,” whose sphere of operation touches literature, geography, economy, environmentalism, and popular psychology. In 2013 she started a collaboration with anthropologist Michael Taussig in what they call their Sea Theater. Hélène’s work is a fairy tale aimed at confusing real and fictional worlds, or simply encountering the one into the other.

www.sbkland.com (racing car tale)


Performance in Parque de la Constitución, Azuqueca de Henares

Azuqueca de Henares is a rather small city half an hour north from Madrid. SBK was staying there for a week. Tonight there will be a performance in one of the main park of the town. Let's try to figure out how to make a contemporary art opening ... just different.  (but... is this art?)
It has been raining a lot this week, and also it has been quite cold. Now the sun is back, with quite a lot of wind still. 

Murillo, Los nińos de la concha (the children of the shell), Museo del Prado

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