Helsinki School

Gallery Taik Persons

Tanja Koljonen

In my work the paradox of humanity appears in the simultaneous presence
of rationality and instincts, control and freedom. Opposites create tension
and call for communication. Language can be seen as our prime instrument
for reasoning through which we gain logical thought. In contrast, images
that do not necessarily possess any rational or linear order, can be seen as
vehicles for instincts and intuition. When dialogue between the textual and
the visual continues further, fragments of text start to resemble images
and vice versa. By cutting, covering, erasing or rearranging I seek to disturb
the rational order of things and to question language as the typical feature
that usually distinguishes humans from animals.


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