wall writings

Wall Writings I, 2010
in collections of Kiasma Museum Of Contemporary Art

The starting point of the Wall Writings -project were 120 collected wall writings. The idea came to me in an underground passage in October 2008. There it stood, on a concrete wall, written in block letters: DOWN WITH DEMOCRACY. So the next day I came with my camera and took a picture of it. The dark side of life seemed to me more attractive underground than it did up in the daylight. Conversations written on city walls deal with things we never utter aloud. Fundamentalism, atheism, hedonism, racism and love, all appear in an apparently friendly dialogue, telling their own truth of the ideal world. After I had collected quite a number of pictures – from backyards, underpasses and gateways – I began to look for a visual form for my project, representation in the context of art.

This project is an attempt to understand and deal with a world that is different from my own personal reality. I organize twenty thousand pin badges into rows and lines so that I can step back and see a bigger picture, even if it is a fragmented one.


Wall Writings II and III, 2010
MUU gallery, Helsinki