I hope that it brings out the value of craft, and the history that we have
As a person, as a lover of the past and things that have happened before us I think that just bonding with the past, having an appreciation for things that have happened i somehow think that it brings hope for the future and maybe it is going to shape the world. That is how I see my own work with things from the past. It makes us appreciate the present more, make the future differently, meaning that there would not be so much mass culture and destroying everything old instead of restoring things.
I hope it would open our eyes, both for the museuand the public on how to look at old things, what to do with them.
For myself i hope – fashion is something that is not usually considered as an art form
Not usually exhibited, I feel like when it comes close to bodies it becomes very everyday But if we showcase it in a different way you can maybe get an idea of how we see fashion in our everyday life as well.
I think personally for me the value is that I have been able to use those materials and that the audience can see clearly where the starting point is
But what was striking for me was to learn about the role it plays in the political history of Finland, its role in the building of national identity which is so important for all of us now in the Nordic countries, really big question about what it is to be Swedish or Finnish
How that idea is changing
The collection shows how artists have been struggling with that idea in ways that today might feel strange, say some pieces that are trying to evoke for instance a kind of Sami identity from a southern perspective
We may not do it that way now
But this was a serious attempt to say well what is the right way to represent it