Sara Hornig and Karoliina Paananen: Half of Us
25.01.2020 - 01.03.2020
“At that time he was an adult already. I didn’t want to poke my nose into his life in a meddling way. Now that I think of it, I chose wrong.”
What is it like to be close to someone who’s lost their love for life? Half of Us gives us a look into the varying feelings and experiences of those who have a loved one suffering from depression.
Sara Hornig has photographed tissues that were collected from therapist appointments. Ordinary paper tissues have been transformed into sculptural objects. The viewer has the freedom to choose what to see in the abstract forms. Aside the images there are interviews of those who have a depressed close one. The interviews have been collected by journalist Karoliina Paananen.
The exhibition also includes a sound installation with observations from everyday life with a depressed person. Feelings of guilt, helplessness, sadness, hopefulness, worrying and anger can be heard from the stories. Close ones have to balance between supporting the depressed and taking care of themselves.
Sara Hornig (b. 1984) is a photographic artist. Her themes often concern societal issues and she is interested in the things that lay behind the surface of our everyday life. Such as otherness, communication and sharing. Hornig has graduated as a photographer from Lahti Institute of Design. She works as a photographer but also as a social instructor for school dropouts. These two professions feed each other as they both let you close to another person.
Karoliina Paananen (b. 1994) is a journalist who mainly works with news. She is a Candidate of Social Sciences. At the moment she works for Suomen Kuvalehti magazine and studies journalism at Tampere University.