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)


SBK feat. Cetusss in "Tu verras en haut on a une super vue", at Duplex, Geneva

Blockhaus, tas de patates, 2013. Installation and performance, result of the collaboration between SBK and Cetusss. 

peeling potatoes

general view of the installation (Cetusss-SBK stickers and chips to take away)

plastic bottles pipe system

throwing away the potatoes

potatoes falling into water

yellow and blue image

view from potatoes eyes

drawings as posters

"Bloco de Campos", performance in Salève mountain, two days before:

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