KÄRSÄMÄKI - FINLAND
The third location for 'News From Home' was Kärsämäki in Finland. This project was completed as part of the residency program at AIR Frosterus during June 2019.
There are 6 large pieces that will be exhibited as part of this series. Each piece combines over 70 individual photographs captured throughout the residency period. These images were digitally recomposed to create scenes that illustrates the people, stories and places that we found intriguing during our stay in Kärsämäki.
An additional aspect of this project is a series of eight smaller designs presented as postcards. Our choice for the postcard form is important for this project, it helps our intention of favouring what is outside the tourist gaze. The cultural history of the postcard means that whatever is placed on its front is given a symbolic pedestal. This is a space usually reserved for the iconic. We hope that these new postcard forms change the narrative of the postcard, to offer insight into underrepresented but important people, stories and places. We hope these postcards can find their way elsewhere to help share an alternative view of Kärsämäki and Finland.
In the future this project has been confirmed for three future artist residencies in 2019. These residencies will take place in Russia (July), Denmark (August/September) and Iceland (November). At each location, while the key focus remains, each project will be place specific, responding to the people, space and stories uncovered during the stay.
To view the exhibition notes for this project, click here. For latest updates of this project, visit our Instagram Page.
DOCUMENTATION OF RESIDENCY PERIOD
ARTIST TALK 12.06.2019