SUSANNA MAJURIGet out of the water, dear 3.9.2016 – 25.9.2016
Elise was found drowned, underwater. First the diver discovered the clothes, the dress and the shoes, and then a body. The garments were so graceful they immediately identified her. We lifted her out. The velvety clothes were wet and heavy. Her fair hair had soaked in the mud. I found you! It was forbidden to remember her due to the quarrels of the family (relatives, house). I wanted to bring her with me. I could prove that she was still present. We moved her around, I was examining her body.[i]
I received a phone call across the sea. "Get out of the water, dear", he said. That sentence haunted me. I was trapped, until I made a decision: I would not leave the water. Water is the body. Water is sense. Sensation. Emotion. I thought further back: when I was a child. Where the water began. The water and darkness accompanied. I lost the landscape. I found a person. They´re all here, Elise, dad, my sister, Heta and the one, who is a girl and a boy all at once. I started telling things that were to be left unspoken. When I opened the box of secrets, I remembered.
Fine art photographer Susanna Majuri (b. 1978) is known for images, where water is a key element. Majuri graduated in 2007 with a Master of Arts from the University of Art and Design Helsinki, majoring in photography. She is currently completing her doctoral studies on photographic fiction at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Majuri´s works have been included in numerous international exhibitions since 2005 and she has held solo exhibitions at the Finnish Museum of Photography, the Charleroi Museum of Photography, Belgium and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, France among others. Majuri's works are included in several major public and private collections both in Finland and abroad. This fall she will also exhibit at the Daikanyama Tsutaya Gallery in Tokyo, the Daegu Photo Biennale in Korea, the Finnish embassy in Washington DC and at Kunsthalle Göppingen in Germany. A book showcasing her works will be published by Kehrer Verlag in October 2016.
[i] A dream, October 2006.