Letter to Joroinen
In “Letter to Joroinen” I use a metaphor as a starting point: to scrutinise a landscape as a base for writing. In a metaphor one thing is expressed through another thing, where one thing leads to think of another. You easily end up having a multi-layered structure.
The work is referring to my family history, to a small minority group in Finland. It is about reflecting a community inside the society where the cultural identity is laid and reconstructed through a language of ancestors. It emphasises a language, which is absorbed by vicinity of social relations. By transcribing the letter on the snowy landscape I use public space as a kind of archive, restoring and presenting inscription.
Here the writing is not for gaining semantic values, instead it is performed like a symbolic act. The idea is to use the body as a writing tool. It is not about performance but it is the inscriptions of written text laid down on the ground. It is about existing, making and being visible. Time is pressed at least in a double way; first it is an old document as a starting point and then a snowy surface indicating temporality and challenging the notion of oblivion.
The old document is written in Arabic script, which was commonly used among the Tatar community.
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