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KATI ÅBERG: Now you see it…Now you don´t

ST-59 August –1 September 2013

MUU studio

“Imagine a lovely garden. In the middle of the garden there is a dark hole, a missing piece of the puzzle. Your gaze is drawn by the missing piece; It fascinates you more than all the bright flowers around it.”

Over twenty years ago someone dear to me lost her sight. Following her everyday life and the challenges she faced, I began thinking more personally and deeply about sight and seeing and their meaning in how we perceive our surroundings. The two video works in this exhibition are the result of these reflections; they approach the theme of seeing from different perspectives.

Seeing Things tells the story of a woman who suddenly loses her sight. At first, her visual recollections of her surroundings are so strong that she doesn’t really consider herself blind. Seeing Things depicts the process of her gradually moving further away from the world of the seeing into her own private world, which grows increasingly oppressive, insecure – even frightening.
The second piece, Walk on Sound, focuses on what sounds can reveal about our surroundings. The camera follows Riikka Hänninen, who was born blind, as she walks around the streets of a town. She perceives her surroundings through sounds and with the help of her guide dog. As she walks, Riikka describes her surroundings to us. We get to perceive the town through her conception of it.

Kati Åberg (b. 1967) received her MA from the Media Lab of the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Her work is often documentary or based on the performing arts. They range from videos and interactive installations to live visualisations created in collaboration with performing artists.

The exhibition is supported by AVEK, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, City of Helsinki Cultural Office and Kone Foundation.