Katri Lassila. A spiritual journey through India, Nepal and Southeast Asia, learning about the different belief systems and ideas concerning such concepts as death, religion, afterlife and the soul.
Talking Spirits is a series which combines over 10 years of work from several different countries. It includes approximately 50 images from which I chose a select few to be presented here. The focus of the series is in the spiritual journey I have made during my travels in India, Nepal and Southeast Asia learning about the different belief systems and expanding my horizons concerning such concepts as death, religion, afterlife and the soul. I have visited places which have a special kind of aura due to the beliefs linked to them as Varanasi in India, in which dying means the liberation from the eternal wheel of reincarnations; or Yeak Laom in Cambodia – a lake formed by a meteorite, which is believed to be inhabited by a large spirit creature, a big fish which feeds on fishermen adventuring too far above the abyss.
The encounters with these places and in these places have changed my narrowed Western views about the relations and forces affecting us in the Universe and helped me to achieve what could be called as inner peace, or unity with the surrounding world, unknown to me before.
Head On at 541 draws together 9 photographic artists.
Katri Lassila (MFA) works with analogue photographic techniques, printing each silver gelatine photographs by hand in her darkroom. The close sense of the material gives her works a unique aura of craft, contact and intimacy, exceptional in this digital age. Lassila is currently completing her practice-based dissertation for the Department of Film at Aalto University. In her dissertation, Lassila studies conceptual and poetic aspects of landscape imagery in film and photography. For Lassila, experiencing nature is the strongest singular form of inspiration and runs as one clearly visible strand through her career. She believes strongly in the relevance of nature in understanding what it means to be human.
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