SAKU PAASILAHTI
In the hands of God
12.12.2002 – 12.1.2003

In the Hands of God - Life in Orthodox Monasteries in the Balkans

I have spent the past two years living and taking pictures in several Orthodox monasteries in Serbia and Montenegro. I have been allowed to roam and photograph freely, also in places usually closed to outsiders. Living and working with the monks has given me an opportunity to study monastic life as well as to make personal acquaintances with the monks as individuals.

Throughout my travels in Yugoslavia, I have been surprised by the strong influence of monasteries on the daily life of "ordinary townspeople". The people I have met effortlessly intertwine in their lives the traditions of the Orthodox Church and an urban lifestyle. The contrast between monastic life and the value systems of my own environment, having been raised in a consumer society, is immense.

The portraits allow me to examine the ways in which a spiritual philosophy is made manifest in the physical appearance, demeanour and presence of individuals. I have observed monks going about their daily tasks both inside monasteries and in the outside world, as well as their participation in religious ceremonies.

In addition to portraits, I have also photographed the architecture of the monasteries and their frescoes, which are of great value in terms of both cultural and art history. The monasteries in this region are invaluable testimony to the architecture and painting of the Byzantine era.

Saku Paasilahti

Siirry sivun alkuun
paasilahti/10--Tuohukset---Svece--2002

The tapers - Svece, 2002
C-print
100 x 100 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/11--Manastir-Josanica--2000

Manastir Josanica, 2000
C-print
100 x 100 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/12--Despot-Stefan-Lazarevic--2000

Despot Stefan Lazarevic, 2000
C-print
100 x 100 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/13--Oikeamielisten-Sielut-Jumalan-kadessa--2000

The souls of righteous in the hands of God, 2000
C-print
100 x 100 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/15--Uskontunnustus--2000

Credo, 2000
C-print
100 x 100 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/16--Miro-voitelu--2000

Miro anointment, 2000
C-print
100 x 100 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/17--Kaste-Tonavassa--2000

Christening in the river Danube, 2000
C-print
100 x 100 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/18--Pyha-Miro-oljy--2000

Sacred Miro oil, 2000
C-print
100 x 100 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/4---Manastir-Komin-freskot--2002

The frescos of Manastin Kom, 2002
C-print
100 x 100 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/5---Monah-Kozma--2002

Monah Kozma, 2002
C-print
100 x 100 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/6---Ehtoollisleipa---Prosfora--2002

Holy Bread - Prosfora, 2002
C-print
100 x 100 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/7---Poslusnik--2002

Poslusnik, 2002
C-print
100 x 100 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/9---Zito--2002

Zito, 2002
C-print
100 x 100 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/1---Monah-Hrizostom--2002

Monah Hrizostom, 2002
C-print
100 x 70 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/14--Kelija--2002

Kelija, 2002
C-print
100 x 70 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/3---Jumalan-Aiti---Bogorodica--2002

The mother of God - Bogorodica, 2002
C-print
100 x 70 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/8---Vieraiden-tervehtiminen--2002

Greeting of visitors, 2002
C-print
100 x 70 cm
edition 5

paasilahti/2---Pantokrator--2002

Pantokrator, 2002
C-print
edition 5

 
 
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