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Artists' Association MUU » 30.10.-22.11.2009 Heta Kuchka
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30.10.-22.11.2009 Heta Kuchka

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I have begun to draw once again. I long for a greater sense of freedom in my work. I am very excited when my friend Joyce agrees to let me accompany her to a sing-along group she leads in a dementia unit. I concentrate on tracing the endless routes of joy and sorrow on unfamiliar faces. The wrinkles tell about the past, all that is left are expressionless faces.

“My Mom used to play the piano too sometimes, not very well, but we sang anyway,” a small woman with braided hair whispers, her eyes sparkling. I stop. I have never experienced anything like this. This fragile creature was carted into the room, uncertain about who she was or where she was. Now, for the duration of the familiar song, she is herself again. With a wide smile on her face, she grabs the lyrics floating in the air, while my friend accompanies the group on the piano. Even if it is difficult to move, you can always dance by swinging your shoulders and slowly waving your fingers. I attend regularly the rehearsals of the drumming group in the old age home. I learn to know a colourful group of people, the angry Mrs. Green from Harlem, the former Broadway dancer, Rose, who is still a diva, and Mr. Walker and his assistant.

Death has become a taboo, because it is out of sight, hidden away in institutions. I have thought about death a lot in recent years, and about the loneliness that is so typical to this age. I wanted to pay tribute especially to those old people who do not live at home. They no longer count in society. This is where the portrait series Ghosts comes from.

My light box works also explore the theme of isolation and fears. Darkness makes a safe place seem threatening.

It is in the daytime that old men visit each other on their balconies. The fishing tales of youth have given way to struggles against illness and the size of the daily dose of medicine. (Every Day Is A Bonus)

In the video They Were All Wonderful, Anna dreams of the moment of reunion on a rainbow bridge that she will cross after her death with her twenty or so cats.

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