PAULA SARASTE

Haunt, HilbertRaum, Berlin 2018

Eine erste Seele ringt panisch nach Luft – sich gewiss, es ist ihr
letzter Atemzug.
In einer Lücke zwischen zwei Atemzügen dehnt sich eine zweite
Seele aus – sie betrachtet ihren eigenen kleinen Tod.
Der ersten Seele zuinnerst eine Krise – eine Leugnung – sie
fürchtet, es wird keinen nächsten Atemzug geben.
Die zweite Seele – ganz in der Schwebe – wandelt von hier nach
da und in die Fremde, um Stätten heimzusuchen und ein Zuhause;
 das geheime Verlangen, das sie mit Leben erfüllt.
Eine dritte Seele ist entflohen und irrt umher, sie sucht nach
Etwas, das sie zu erkennen vermag – sie ist verloren in der
unheimlichen exotischen Fremde.
Hinter einem Spiegel hält die zweite Seele Ausschau, die dritte
fühlt eine Gegenwart davor, vielleicht ein Gefühl – und als sie
sich ausstreckt, schlüpft es durch ihre Finger.

Heimweh.

Die zweite Seele bricht voll der Hoffnung auf, ihr nächster
Stammplatz wird ihr Zuhause werden.
Die dritte Seele bleibt zurück, eine ortsverlorene Touristin,
losgelöst, in der Übersetzung verloren gegangen.

Die erste Seele spürt mit Erleichterung das Nahen des nächsten
Atemzuges.
Die zweite Seele flieht rückwärts.
Letzen Endes werden sie nicht sterben. Sie werden leben.
Es war eine Heimsuchung. Die verlorenen Erinnerungen der
Vorfahren und der exotischen Geister versuchen, eine Verbindung
aufzunehmen.

 

One spirit takes a panicked breath, thinking it will be her last.
A second spirit expands in the gap that opens between two
breaths, observing her own small death.
A mounting crisis in the first spirit, a denial, as she fears the next
breath will never come. In limbo, the second spirit goes here and there and abroad to
 haunt places, searching for home, the secret desire that animates her.
A third spirit has flown and is meandering, looking for something
she can recognise, lost in places in the uncanny exotic abroad.
Behind a mirror there the second spirit looks out, in front of it
the third spirit senses a presence, a mood maybe something to
capture – and reaching out, it slips between her fingers.


Homesickness.

The second spirit leaves full of hope that the next haunt will be
her home.
The third spirit stays behind, a tourist dislocated, disconnected,
lost in translation.
The first spirit sees the next breath nearing with relief.
The second spirit flying back.
They will not die after all. They will live.
It was a haunting. The lost memories of ancestors and exotic
spirits try to make contact.

 

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ROHTO / REMEDY, Galleria Uusi Kipinä, Lahti 2017

The exhibition Rohto / Remedy dealed with questions of presense, power and different roles through installation, videos, photographs and performances that could be seen as individual works even though they were also part of the spatial collage built into the exhibition space. Together with different materials they linked various situations, spaces and moments together during the performances.

The exhibition was part of a long-term collaboration with the visual artist and dancer Sara Kovamäki. In our artistic work we question hierarchies and power relations and we are interested in the presence of different roles and their influence in ourselves as well as in our surroundings. Through play and the absurd we attack the unstable relation and dynamics of hierarchical structures.

Varasto / Storage, Galleria Lapinlahti, Helsinki 2017

Varasto (transl. storage) was an exhibition based on invitations and it featured works from 21 artists from Finland and abroad, organized and curated together with Heli Kaskinen and Noora Sandgren. It consisted of photos, videos, paintings, installations and performances from well-known as well as younger artists. The exhibition spread to Gallery Lapinlahti’s four spaces in August-September 2017 and made the artists hidden artworks visible again pointing out different aspects of storing the meaningful.

The exhibiting artists: Sampo Apajalahti, Mika Elo, Eeva Hannula, Heikki Heinonen, Antti Huittinen, Marko Karo, Heli Kaskinen, Sara Kovamäki, Jyrki Parantainen, Iiri Poteri, Jorma Puranen, Joakim Pusenius, Tuomo Rainio, Aura Saarikoski, Noora Sandgren, Paula Saraste, Sanni Seppo, Kaarlo Stauffer, Nathalie Tafelmacher-Magnat and Roi Vaara.

Where do the works of art disappear a er an exhibition on ends? They end up in different art collections, in the homes of the artists and their relatives or in the corners of their studios. They hide on hard drives, tailor made transport boxes and cardboard folders. The artworks travel by buses, trams and are transported by hand between neighborhoods and countries, from warehouse to another. Much of their lives are therefore hidden in invisible structures.

Varasto exhibition shed light into stored treasures. The works were selected based on the artists’ own suggestions, examining the idea of the storage from different perspectives. A storage is the place for memories and memorizing, it raises emotions and allows observation of the past. Seen as a sensory, bodily and private space it invites the visitor to think about the need of storing and keeping things as well as ones own existence. The forms of storing remain many yet they all have the same function: to preserve the meaningful.

There are storages everywhere and at the same time new art is created. Some of the works of the exhibition had been shown only once, some never before. The exhibition offered a glimpse into the storages of the artists. At the same time it was a chance to ponder how the life of these artworks could last longer at the times of the pressure of having to constantly produce new works. Art can not escape the greatest challenges of our time, the questions of ecology and sustainability.

 

Transitions, Galleria Huuto, Helsinki 2017

The exhibition Transitions at Galleria Huuto June-July 2017 approached mixed feelings triggered by flying and traveling from different perspectives. The exhibition took shape through thoughts and notes inspired by human fear and through the examination of its characteristics. The anxiety caused by flying also appears as a journey to an inexplicable area, as both feelings and accidents sometimes remain unexplained. Fear of flying is the archetype of a modern phobia, consisting of different feelings, like fear of losing control or claustrophobia. Fear intertwines with death and flying can enable one to imagine and practice one’s own death. In the exhibition, the feeling was displayed as a physical and mental space in which some absurd elements were also highlighted. Featured were, for example, photographs of items that help nervous passengers when flying. The exhibition featured installations, videos and photographs that are notes of fear, its manifestations, attempts to free oneself from it and also links to the simultaneous presence and possibility of death.

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Kemal Can+Sara Kovamäki+Paula Saraste, Exhibition Labratory Project Room, Helsinki 2015

The work All things, passing was first featured in the exhibition Kemal Can+Sara Kovamäki+Paula Saraste in 2015. It is a conceptual work about fandom and desire consisting of 28 photographs and a digital video projection. The photographs are reproductions of printed documentary photographs where the main subject, John Lennon, is removed and replaced with imaginary pictorial material.

 

Media Ambages, HilbertRaum, Berlin 2015

Both ambiguous medium and also a long, detailed story in Latin, Media Ambages headlines a manifesto about photography and moving image. What is the stuff of image? The show, curated by Nat Tafelmacher - Magnat, explored how this intangible medium, not at all a clean window opening onto a clearly definable reality, instead becomes, for the viewers' private kinos in their minds, a projection surface, a mirror, creating ''realities'' - the witnesses' very own stories - out of thin pixel and paper.