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Helsinki School

Gallery Taik Persons

No Name
The series No Name deals with the themes of childhood and memory. Childhood and adulthood, like layers, are present in the same photograph. I re-create my memories (also false and invented ones) and stretch the visual representation of these memories by loosely attaching texts to the images. By doing this I define and question the means that a text and a photograph are using in mediating a story/memory.

I hope that looking at the series could resemble the actual, complex process of remembering and the constant re-writing of a memory.  At the same time, the texts comment on the photographic representations and the possibilities of posing for a photograph.

In 2012 the series No Name was published in the form of a book titled “Heiress” by the German publishing house Kerber.

The Woman who married a Horse
The Woman Who Married a Horse is a story about our longing to control something stronger than ourselves, told in the form of photographs and video. The young women so prevalent in my photographic art are now sharing their twisted realities with horses.

In art, the horse is a symbol that does not seem to wear out with time; it rather seems to defy definitions. I borrow horse stories from girls’ books and folklore. The entity tells about the ability of the photograph to operate with shards of our visual world and still create something surpassing the commonplace, something dream-like.

Meditations
It is said that spending time in nature makes it easy, almost unavoidable, to seize the moment.  My new work started with this realization. Hiding and imitating have been present in my photographic practice for a long time. Yet, the ongoing work emphasizes the merging and the losing of the borders within oneself, but also those between landscape and portrait photography.

It is amazing how well certain Eastern mindfulness techniques, such as yoga and meditation, resonate in our busy Western lives. Patience, grace, balance and letting go are the new, yet ancient mantras, which seem like clichés until the rare moments when we truly experience them. The work in progress started with experiences I had while practicing meditation. A strong bodily sensation suggested to me to blend in and become one with my surroundings, as if I was expanding pass my own outlines or the landscape was growing into me.