Leave No Trace
This exhibition, Leave No Trace, is a part of the Climbing a Memory cycle. The title is linking to one of the important environmental principles in contemporary rock climbing. Being applied to the bombing traces in the city of Helsinki - how can we keep them as a part of the city landscape and not let them disappear?
In phytology, climbing roots are roots that grow on the above-ground parts of a plant. They function as anchors, affixing the plant to supporting structures such as rocks and walls. Cover photo by Oilli Larjo
Climbing a Memory
There are many places in Helsinki that still retain traces of World War II - scars of grenades and bombings. Do these traces have some value for collective memory? History without memory is as unreadable as a flat wall made of granite. There is nothing to hook on to.
Back to Petsamo
We all have a childhood and sometimes we dream about going back there. History is an area where memory meets politics. Recalling Petsamo, I’m changing my viewpoint from an occupant to an immigrant, the scale from the collective to the personal, the intention from militarism to nostalgia.
Performance is based on records found during the trip to Belomorkanal in a big red package with a Joseph Stalin's portrait on the cover.
The Wooden Language
In many languages, the etymology of the verb “to hear” links us to the verb “to obey”.