Elina Priha: Familiar Stranger III
In Elina Priha’s exhibition you are met with an ensemble consisting of textile pieces, ceramic installations and a work of video art.
“In the summer of 2021, I spent two weeks in solitude on an island that belongs to my maternal family. The island is called ‘Kalmonsaari’ which means Island of Dead Bodies. Despite the ominous name, some of my fondest childhood memories are from this island. Our family has spent summer holidays there since the cottage was built by my grandfather in 1972. During the two weeks I spent alone on the island, I reflected on my relationship with the place and its inhabitants. Though I consider Kalmonsaari as one of the places I am most familiar with; on the island I am still a visitor and I have no knowledge of what happens to/in the island in winter. The island and I were both familiar strangers to each other. Childhood memories, imagination, past and present started to blend in interesting ways where the boundaries of ‘self’ are no longer so clear or rigid.”
The exhibition shows a tactile collection of iterations based on these embodied memories.