Vieraalla maalla (In a Foreign Place)

The on-going Vieraalla maalla (In a Foreign Place) project is induced by personal experiences of cultural misunderstandings that affect the way we perceive images and the world around us. In this fabricated outlandish world, traditional Finnish, Carelian and Sami customs and practices have been given a slightly odd twist. Not deviating beyond recognisability for recipients with the relevant cultural knowledge, the surreal scenes toy with proverbs, phrases and obsolete customs, rendering the images absurdly strange to a viewer unfamiliar with the cultural heritage. Drawing from personal experiences of cultural alienation and misunderstandings, and my Carelian origin, the work invites the recipients to strive to decipher and locate the depicted world, thereby denoting the arbitrary nature of our interpretations of images so easily taken for granted.

 

Installation shots from the Circulation(s) festival 2016

Installation shots