People assume I’m an only child / moving image / 15:22 / 2017
People assume I’m an only child is about the problems of making personal work, as well as work in which a power imbalance is directly present. By presenting the relationship between my autistic younger brother and I the work seeks to explore consent and culpability, and the responsibility to ones subject in the wider context of art making. It asks how to be careful, how to be gentle, yet how to still be honest, how to strike a balance, and then how to still make the thing.
For a 2023 exhibition I wrote a postscript to recontextualise the work six years later. I wanted to reflect on the process with some added hindsight, address my own shortcomings and difficult feelings, and allow myself to show a work that makes me uncomfortable as a moment for growth and accountability. It can be read here.
Screened at DocPoint Documentary Film Festival and Savoy Teatteri
Exhibited at Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku and Kuvan Kevät, Helsinki
Helsingin Sanomat feature here
Installation documentation by Ville Mäkilä Museum Centre of Turku, and Petri Summanen.