Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is a London-based artist who works predominantly in animation, sound, video game development, and performance, creating interactive spaces. Their practice focuses on intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively retell the stories of Black Trans people.
As part of Helsinki Biennial 2023, Brathwaite-Shirley invites visitors to take part in a role-playing performance event and installation exploring a new mythology for Vallisaari Island, taking participants on a journey to meet the various characters and scenarios that guide their collaborative decision-making.
The characters take the form of physical sculptures on the island, and you can also listen to their background stories online. Live events will take place over several days in June, August and September 2023. The sculptures and the online content can be experienced throughout the duration of the biennial.
Commissioned by HAM / Helsinki Biennial 2023