The main question is: are memories to be observed as a material that defines our personality or, quite contrary, a heavy burden that keeps us firmly to the ground?
In far eastern traditions one must get rid of his roots in order to gain deeper knowledge of himself. In present post – war recollections, the art of forgetting imposes itself almost as an imperative.
This was the sort of climate in which the concept of not forgetting(preserving images) and forgetting(destroying the same) was developed.
2001, installation, CarbonArt2001, Chisinau, Moldova
The installation consists of a large number of glass jars (used usually for keeping food for a long period of time).
The inside of jars (bottom and walls) are covered with photo emulsion, and then this (now light sensitive material) is exposed in a dark room. As a result, photographs are developed inside of the jar.
Jars are then labeled with the exact date and time when the photographs was mad e and placed one on top of the other to form columns.
The focus was on subjective documentary photography and the final result a kind of personal warehouse.
Images preserved in their potent impotence.
2002, installation, Hankavaara, Finland
“Now that my house has burned down
I can see the moon more clearly”