In Memoriam, in Strengbergs Kunsthalle, Jakobstad, 2014. 

A performance based on a long process where I have struggled with issues dealt with life and death. Questions that I have tried to keep away for many years, but when my friends' six years old son died and also my neighbor died, I could no longer keep the questions away. How do you explain that one can live for six year and the other for 98 year? It has been a long process. I began to realize what people around me have gone through. People who have seen death come too early and been forced to accept the situation. I began to feel something bottomless.

The creative process began with a small video installation, which was shown in gallery Gro, Jakobstad. I continued to struggle with the issues, and the final result became a performance, In Memoriam. In Memoriam, is a memorial ceremony. I wanted to honor those who have passed away, but also to give my time to those who have experienced sorrow. I used old VHS tapes. Each tape symbolize a person, a person who I have been in contact with. Those who wanted gave me a tape, others let me choose one for them. In the performance, I assumed the years or months that these people have been living in longing for someone. I built an installation that consisted of videotapes and a rotating doll.  I took time for every single person, through a VHS tape. I danced a very slow rotating dance, where the videotape was pulled out from the tape and spun into my feet. Slowly a circle grew out of the tapes.

The performance was done in silence and it lasted for two hours.

If you want to see the video from the installation click here

photo: Ken Kackur