Room with a view
Room With a View is an installation consisting of text, photographs and video. It places the individual in the historical events of his/her era.
The centerpiece is the textual work One moment, Two pictures, in which Silomäki has collected moments and thoughts of unknown individuals from historically significant events. These events include e.g. the Night of Broken Glass (die Kristallnacht), the invasion of Normandy, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of the president John F. Kennedy and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
In the photographs these moments are present as pictures inside pictures. They are a part of a portrait that Silomäki has taken of three individuals from different generations. From the final print he has removed the object of the photograph. All that remains is their possible presence and the historical frame of the time period.
The third part of the exhibition is the video work, starring an elderly person. The person is slouched, as if being flogged. On the person’s back we can see reflections from history events of the last century and its icons.