[muffled music playing in the background]
I keep on getting stuck because I cannot visualize distance. I don’t know how it looks.
Something has passed by, but we encounter only what was left behind.
We revise and recreate memories, relying on the fragmented information that has been carried over. There are too many faces, too many moods, and temporary situations to fit into one frame.
How do we formulate ourselves when the pieces are scattered?
Amanda Lono, Hanan Mahbouba, and Saara Mahbouba explore different modes of visualizing distance – temporal, geographical, generational and cultural. Their collaboration functions as a form of cross checking — separate memories and life events running on parallel channels of migration and absence.
This project is supported by Kone Foundation and Suomen Kulttuurirahasto.
Amanda Lono (b. Caracas, 1990) explores identity politics through the allure and desire that emerges in the myth, the dreams, the absurdity. These thoughts and materials have been torn in pieces because of migration, and otherness. By using video, archive, memory and sculpture, Lono has an urge to create new sets of realities out of disparity. They work and live in Helsinki.
Saara Mahbouba (b. San Jose, CA) is a visual artist, writer, and artistic researcher based in Helsinki. Her work explores the complexity of embodying an identity that is neither fully within nor without categories of hegemony and Otherness. Saara’s projects often draw upon a mix of critical theory and pop culture, playing with the visual languages and strategies of other fields to ground her work.
Hanan Mahbouba (b. San Jose, CA) is a writer and filmmaker. Her work focuses on storytelling that explores the space between belonging and otherness. She is particularly interested in studying informal archives and in the singular moments that end up framing our understandings of ourselves and others.
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