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Susanna Majuri: Love
“I always get attached to my newest work – I admire it, I love it, and I am extremely kind to it. But at some point this relationship ends, and I need a new image to create.” –Susanna Majuri
Susanna Majuri: Treasure, 2009
The retrospective exhibition of the work of Susanna Majuri (1978–2020), titled Love, gathers together photographs from her entire career: her most well-known pieces are shown side by side with less common early works.
Majuri composed photographs through the things she admired and adored. In her work she created worlds with real substance and invited the viewer to imagine alternative realities; each of Majuri’s photographs is like a passage from a fairytale, or a dream told out loud.
Central elements in Majuri’s work include water, strong colors, Nordic nature, and human models who acted as character within the staged scenarios. Water was particularly dear to Majuri, and she became known for the fantastical works she created by submerging an enormous background fabric onto the bottom of a swimming pool. Water can drown us and strong currents may wash us away, but water can also uphold and carry us. Of all the elements in the world, it seems to most clearly express human feelings, memories, and the unconscious mind.
Susanna Majuri spoke to us through her fictional creations, and she also showed who she was as a person, what she had felt and experienced, what pain she had carried and what her loving gaze had seen. Storytelling was a form of escape for her, as well as a method for comprehension. The wordless world was given form in Majuri’s photographs.
Susanna Majuri studied at the Turku Art Academy and gained her Master’s degree in photography at what is now Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture. Her work has been displayed in various domestic and international exhibitions since 2005. Susanna Majuri’s first large personal exhibition, called “The daughter of the water researcher”, was held in the Finnish Museum of Photography in 2010 and received high praise. Susanna Majuri died suddenly in spring, 2020.
Songs to the Waters
Cecilia Vicuña is a visual artist, poet and activist whose art inseparably links poetry and political resistance. Since the 1960s, Vicuña has been working on ecological questions, human rights and social injustices. Following the Chilean coup in 1973, Vicuña left Santiago to go into exile in London and then moved to New York in 1980.
The exhibition centers on Vicuña’s documentary film Kon Kon (2010), which discusses the privatization of waterways, the destruction of natural resources as well as the breakdown of the human-nature relationship. Combining poetry and documentary, the film weaves around the Aconcagua river, which runs from the Andes to the Pacific Ocean near the city of Concón in Chile. Vicuña’s artistic work began by this river in the 1960s.
In Chile, natural waterways have been privatized, which has caused serious consequences for both the indigenous peoples and the river valley environment. Kon Kon is a poem about the vanishing of a beloved river. In addition to the river, the culture and practices of the indigenous peoples have also disappeared in the area. The sacred circulation of water from glacier to river, ocean and clouds is disrupted when companies pump the water high up in the mountains before it reaches the valley below. Rivers dry up or companies fill them with toxic water, destroying the flora, fauna and culture of the river valleys.
The other piece in the exhibition, Cantos del Agua (2015) is a documentation of a collective performance. Vicuña invited female sound artists to improvise a water song with her. The aim was that the song would reach both decision-makers and the waters.
The creation of sensuous, sensitive and spiritual connections with other beings is emblematic of Vicuña’s artistic process. Her pieces about oceans and rivers often seek to revive something lost and forgotten, approaching ancient traditions and reinforcing erased cultural memory.
The exhibition is curated by Elina Suoyrjö.
Cecilia Vicuña (b. 1948) is a poet, artist, film maker and activist who lives and works between New York and Chile. She has published 22 poetry and art books. Vicuña’s work has been exhibited widely and internationally in museums, biennials and galleries.
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