Mother, Child

Heidi Tikka, Juho Jouhtimäki (Developer), Seppo Väkevä (Developer), Jaakko Pesonen (Designer)

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Mother, Child was completely technically reconstructed in 2011 while it was exhibited at the Finnish Museum of Photography. The first version premiered in New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles in 2000.

The installations provides a performative space for enacting an affective relation to the other, who appears to be more than a moving image, but less than a real living being.

The image of an infant is projected onto a white fabric that the spectator is advised to spread across her arms. The child is seen from the point of view of the nursing mother. He reacts to the audience movement around him by crying, as if disturbed, but can be comforted by the person holding him. These behaviors are intuitive and the audience gradually discovers them while interacting with the child. The installation is based on the double exposure of two kinds of projections: the video projection is aligned with the psychical projective experience of responding to an infant.

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHelsinki
PublisherThe Finnish Museum of Photography
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeF1 Published independent work of art


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