YLE (the Finnish Broadcasting Company) made a radio interview with me working here in Ii/Kulttuurikauppila. It’s in Finnish so, hyvät herrat ja rouvat, tytöt ja pojat sekä kaikki muutkin immeiset: Jos haluatte juoda kupillisen kahvia ja kuunnella kun tää nuori ukkeli turinoi vanhemmista ukkeleista ja täällä Iissä olemisesta, niin nyt siihen olis elämänne tilaisuus. Ei muuta kuin kahvi tassuun ja äänet täysille.
Haastattelijana YLE Oulun toimittaja Kati Teirikko.
Stylistically many of my photographies are located somewhere on the borderline between documentary and art. This summer 18.7.–20.9. I will present a series called Endless Summer in public spaces here in Ii. The series was created by objectively following the lives of some of the personalities but also by actively discussing with others of them.
Here in Ii some of the elderly that I have shot has prepared masks to wear in the pictures. With these masks they are able to hide or highlight their wishes, dreams, or fears. The idea to the masks came from some of the old men I shot in more traditional documentary way. They had made themselves masks and other objects to strongly mediate their feelings. In this final series these situations, feelings, and persons documented in a more traditional way are mixed with photos that were created by using more community based working methods. Together I think these images create an honest and multifaceted picture of the post-war generation.
For my Finnish speaking friends: Here is an article released in the the local newspaper Rantapohja. Text and photos by Leena Takaluoma
I have made some, what we in Finnish would call, K-65 workshops here in Ii; that means they are not allowed for people under the age of 65. I never ever believed that one of those workshops would end up in YLE’s (Finnish broadcasting company) TV news. But here we go! …And to be honest, I never imagined to laugh like that on the news 😉
Around 650 kilometers up north from Helsinki is a town called Ii. The place is not only blessed with the shortest place name in Finland but also with a amazingly active cultural life with for example an environmental art biennale. At the moment I’m working here as a guest artist together with another artist in residence from Japan and a bunch of local artists. It’s going to be an extremely busy month up here but I can already now say that I’m super happy to work here with all these people.
BTW, today I met a lady who told me that the origin of the name Ii comes from the North Sami word “idja” that means night… Hmmm… If you describe night as the time between sunset and sunrise then at this time of the year here in Ii there so much light that the idja lasts only for 1 hour and 31 minutes. –Sounds like the Sami people had a good sense of irony wink emoticon
I will try to be active here during this month so you will have a chance to follow my adventures here. Next time I will tell you more about my forthcoming project here.