JOHANNA LECKLINPhotographs, video
The normalcy of abnormalcy
Photographs and videos are my primary artistic media. I have made various kinds of video portraits in which I have dealt with, for example, immigrants ' problems, severe depression during pregnancies, visits to psychotherapists, as well as one man ' s attempt to voluntarily live as a vegetarian outside of society.
The works are often positioned at the border between performance and documentation; the viewer can never be sure whether or not the situations are staged. Certain of the interviewees ' narratives may seem quite far-fetched. I frequently present my videos in connection with photographs that allude to the world depicted on the videos.
My work Story Café will be presented at the Helsinki Photo Festival event in October 2005. I invited random passers-by to tell stories about their lives in a shop space outfitted to resemble an East London pub. The compensation for telling the story was a cup of coffee. I then edited the narratives to form a video compilation.
The story of my Paljon on iloakin (There is a lot of joy, too) video installation is based on my co-operation with a young boy who has Asperger syndrome, an autistic spectrum disorder that hinders the boy ' s daily life and social interaction. The work ' s characters are fictitious, but draw on my recorded conversations with the boy. The script is built around an imaginary dialogue between the boy and his mother, even though they never meet on-screen. The boy tells of his dreams and the mother relates her experiences as the mother of a certain child. A series of photographs complements the video installation. Certain images portray children in various kinds of dream-like situations, while other images could be derived from a child ' s imagination or fears.