(b. 1989, Vaasa, Finland)
I wanted to be monument but I guess I'm just a
Photography, digital prints on organic cotton, polyester cotton
97 x 95 x 180 cm
Fourteen parts of me
Kombucha SCOBY, flax thread, steel
173 x 74 x 43 cm
What is a body and how do we relate to ours and to others?
The body represents such a specific, physical part of ourselves
but is simultaneously the bearer of the most systems, symbols,
feelings and opinions. It can be considered as our most fundamental
element but at the same time, as one of the most emotionally and
politically charged themes in culture and society.
With a significant focus on the process and with her own body,
along with the experiences and emotions that emerge from it as
material, Irina works with textiles, sculpture, installation and
sketches as primary media. By connecting the personal and the
political in a contemporary context, she touches on questions of
perceptions of bodies, bodily experiences and the relationship
between the "body" and the self.
These two self-portraits are attempts at an understanding and
acceptance of your own body, attempting to study the possibility of
objectivity to the subjective, and attempting to be someone who
would create a monument of themselves.