LOCALE: WIEN, AUSTRIA, 2015   Archival pigment print, framed 78 X 86 cm Edition of 8 + 2 AP
LOCALE: WIEN, AUSTRIA, 2015 Archival pigment print, framed 78 X 86 cm Edition of 8 + 2 AP 

Jari Silomäki – Framing the World

24/11/2017 - 10/02/2018

Lindenstrasse 34 
10969 Berlin


“Who decides whose stories matter?” Silomäki asked himself ten years ago when he began to browse through threads in online forums, searching for anonymous protagonists around the globe. For this project, Silomäki collected more than two-hundred personal stories written on online platforms from all over the world, from people completely unknown to him. He translated a selection of these stories into a series of photographs that are now on display in the exhibition. Together, they form a collective narrative, in which the personas behind the aliases begin to unfold. Taking these online records as a starting point, he travels to the places described in the scenarios and events and thus begins to recreate his own interpretation of their personas. “I’m showing classical surfaces of identification,” he says. The core of the work is to create the right atmosphere, the distilled, central tension that defines the life and persona behind each alias. Through the various sceneries and cultures of his protagonists, Silomäki leads the viewer to a certain intimacy: towards our very own core, where we all fear, desire, feel, and dream alike.
In 2006, Silomäki bought a collection of papers, found in the estate of an elderly lady: letters and notes, everything she had written over the course of her lifetime was packed away in waste bags. This finding inspired him to a photograph of a woman he never had met. “Reading through the bag’s contents, I suddenly felt like I knew her very well“, he describes his experience. The portrait was the beginning of Framing the World. An Essay on the Organisation of Experience.
From Lahti, Finland, to Capetown, South Africa, he understands the environment as an essential part of an individual story. The textual references have been his clues and guidelines, cumulating into a profile and a photographic portrait of a decisive moment, a turning point of an unknown online author’s life.