Kaisu Häkkänen graduated visual artist from Academie Minerva, Netherlands. Häkkänen works with photography and pinhole camera is her main instrument. She considers the idea of externality, the experiences of being in the periphery and the effects of these experiences on people’s identity. In her images she wants to raise questions of presence and connections to others. The non-eventfulness of the long exposure of the camera obscura image subtly expresses externality without my having to make the externalized subject the object of externality.
Finnish folklore contains a myth of metsänpeitto, a forest’s
cover. It was used to describe people who unexplainably disappeared
in forest. Metsänpeitto was imminent especially for women and people who
were poorly attached to the community. It has been considered that because
of the absence of words and understanding a myth of
metsänpeitto was a way process demons and insanity of human mind.
With my series I want to explore the spiriting away from the point of today
– it doesn’t seem to be that different from before. Forest still represents
retreat and protection, and it offers us an option to face our subconscious
mental turbulence – and thereby an option to face ourselves.