Bita Razavi, How to Do Things with Words: A Legal Performance, 2006.

Bita Razavi's new work Divorce Ceremony on Dec 5 at the Dependence Party

Bita Razavi's new work Divorce Ceremony is a public event that takes place on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence in Exhibition Laboratory as a part of the Dependence Party program.

The ceremony, that celebrates Razavi's divorce, is the closure of a process she started in 2011 with her MFA graduation work, How to Do Things with Words: A Legal Performance, in which she got married in her studio in the Academy of Fine Arts.

We don’t have to be married anymore. And we want to say this publicly, because we believe that society does not consist of units. Families, marriages, residence permits and nationalities, these are the relationships we have founded ourselves, as individuals – they are the forces that act upon our bodies. These relationships individualize us, Rasavi states in a press release.

In Divorce Ceremony, Razavi returns to, and brings to a close, an older work, How to do things with words: A legal performance (2011). The work documented a decision: her marriage ceremony performed in her studio in collaboration with Jaakko Karhunen.

This legal union enabled her to get a permanent European residence permit as a result of a six-year long process of tackling the legal/social system. Now this process, or bureaucratic performance is over and she can ceremonially divorce herself from the legal contract, to individualize herself again in the eyes of the law.

The Master of ceremonies for the event is the UK based curator Alexandra MacGilp. Please RSVP to

The event is a part of the Suomi 100: Critical Map exhibition program of the Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki.

On December 5, 2017 at 6pm, Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36, Helsinki. Free admission.