Mother Earth 1997

I made this installation for the 195 anniversary exhibition celebrating the birth of Elias Lönnroth, he who wrote the Kalevala.


Here you can hear Oksena Mäkiselkä crying as she was one of the many oral poets and specialized in Finnic lamentations known as itkuvirsi, performing by crying and sobbing. In this recording from 1921 she is crying over the mother earths hard faith.

It is like she is performing from Tuonela, the afterworld, in the Finnish Mythology. The island on which the sun and moon never shine.

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