INTERIOR/EXTERIOR

IN STRINDBERG'S ROOMS

MILAVIDA
t e x t
e x h i b i t i o n s

SPEAKING HOUSE

CAMERA OBSCURA WORKS

LIKE A BREATH IN LIGHT

PINHOLE

HERBARIUM

I AM #1

I AM #2

INNER LANDSCAPES

PRINTS

 

MILAVIDA 2012-2013


I began photographing the Milavida mansion in Tampere in 2011. The building, currently known as Näsilinna, had been standing empty for years.
As I worked long days in the deserted silence of the house, its spaces began to exude its varied and wild history. In the rooms which I transformed into camera obscura it felt as if present and past were engaged in constant dialogue.
In the dim, spacious rooms my eyes slowly became accustomed to seeing the wraithlike reflections born in by the light which came into being as the outside and inside spaces dovetailed into each other.
I repeatedly became aware of a sense of wonder: the blind photographer regained her sight! Eventually I had before my eyes that which I was seeking – I opened the shutter and exposed the photograph. The pictures recorded transitional spaces, doors, thresholds and doorways which reflected my feeling in the face of a change in life and the unknown and my love of light and its capriciousness.

The ten-part series entitled Milavida/Nottbeck is based on the old family photograph albums of Peter and Olga von Nottbeck. This couple had the Milavida mansion built as their home and venue for entertaining, but just as their mansion was nearing completion in 1898, they both tragically died, leaving four small orphaned children.
For days I exposed the solarigraphy images on the roof of the neo-baroque mansion,
when the paths of the sun were drawn onto paper negatives. By combining these solarigraphy images with the photos from the old family albums the arabesques of the sun dovetailed in with the old memorial shots of the extinct family.