JUHANA MOISANDER (Soome)
Petri Eskelinen & Juhana Moisander kaardistavad mooste inimeste jutud ja mälestused neile olulistest külasündmustest joonistuste abil. Nii saab joonistamisest omamoodi sotsiaalne vahend siinsete elanike küsitlemiseks. Joonistamine kui alternatiivne dokumentatsioonivahend uurimaks välja kuidas erinevad inimesed ühtesid ja samu sündmusi mäletavad, milline on küla jagatud mälu. Sarnase projekti on nad varem läbi viinud 2002. A suvel Haagis Hollandis.
Petri Eskelinen & Juhana Moisander: In the village we would work as a kind of an alternative documentive drawers. Drawing things that have been, but may still have some influence in the life of villagers. Maybe some public happening that many remember, but what time has little altered in the minds of participants. There will be different versions of past/reality and how it has affected in the personal lives of villagers today. Central point of this project will be the encounter of the local people and how they remember things. How detailed can one’s memory be and how it fill fit in the larger picture of this same memory when told the same story/happening from several points of view. We will just simply walk around, draw and meet people.
The project is also about using drawing as a social tool. A soft way of interviewing. There will be a language barrier, but with some (we only speak English and Finnish) paper notes in Estonia and a map we hopefully can make enough understood and can do some exploring in the shared memory of the village, what has changed in public surroundings and how this is remembered personally.
The way to move in the village is important element of the event. We will move according to the directions and hints of places local people think would be interesting. Places they think are worth of visiting or just point from the map. Again in those places we will explore and draw. Making it a route, which reflects the idea of ‘our place’ of these people who actually inhabit the village. Process will form a chain of encounters through the village.
I have done similar project (Adjustable memories) for three months in Holland in the city of The Hague at summer 2002. During this project I noticed that people in streets took more easily contact to me than they normally would (well, why would they). Many came to look what I was doing, thinking that I was drawing for money and mainly portraits. But after I explained what I was doing they got really excited. I got lots of hints where I should definitely go and I also heard lots of historical facts and fictional stories. Sometimes I didn’t have change to draw these stories until night. All this was very inspiring and good material to draw and I also noticed that the people of The Hague had a very different idea of their city than I had previously read from some officially texts.