The project 'Habitat vol.1' revolves around the life of a student campus located 40 minutes from the center of Helsinki. Due to the local life schedule, travel time takes forever: people look at you with pity. However, the rental cost is an advantage. In Helsinki, one can rent a tiny closet for this sum. But with high ceilings. Life in Helsinki aspires to verticals. Here, in a temporary dwelling for a mixture of people, cultures, and languages, one needs to build horizontal connections.
Ksenia Yurkova decided to enter communication with the community in a peculiar way. Making small installations using leftovers of previous tenants, or reshaping common areas, even pranking a management company, she provoked discussions among the community members struggling with an unexpected and uninvited intrusion. Through interventions into spaces, through small transgressions questioning the guest status, then she pursued questions about vulnerable boundaries between notions of public and private, and conditions where hospitality turns into hostility.