This project is about how we understand and navigate through the world. It started in China and with your help will head to Finland.
Hi there, thanks for checking out my project! My name is Katie Zazenski and I'm an artist who will be heading to a small village in Haukijarvi, Finland for two months this summer. I am going there for an artist residency at Arteles Creative Center where I will make art about people, and how culture influences our communities and ways of being.
I started this work while living in Beijing, China this past fall. I lived in a small village called Fei Jia Cun, on the outskirts of the city, where I became hyper-aware of just how many factors affect how we are, who we are, how we relate to one another, and how we understand this world. This is what my work is about. It is about people, life, our organizing principles, and how we create a sense of place.
When I begin one of these projects I spend many hours walking through and observing where I am, taking pictures, making recordings, as well as keep a daily journal of my time. Once I start to have a sense for the place, I then develop a specific way to approach the people within the community and create work from there. For example, in my Good Luck Series I asked strangers on the street in Mongolia, China, and Korea to make stitches on a cloth (http://cargocollective.com/kathrynzazenski#1120703/Good-Luck-Series)in an effort to instigate a connection to people that would normally just pass by. It creates an opportunity to share an exchange even when we can't communicate with language. I will be continuing this series in Finland.
Currently I am working in Anacostia, a section of Washington, DC as a resident artist at Honfleur Gallery. Here I am planning walks and creating opportunities for people to come together and share stories. With this I want to tap into understanding the myriad ways in which people interpret the same place.
I always create specific projects that are unique to place, but also continue with others that are made everywhere I go. An example is my Memory Maps Series: (http://cargocollective.com/kathrynzazenski#1120494/Memory-Maps-FeiJiaCun) where I would make a unique map every day based on a sentient experience I had during a daily walk. The pieces are based on sounds, physically navigating a space, memory of route, people and places that have become significant to me, etc. This project is also being continued in Anacostia and soon to be in Finland(!).
With your help, I will make it to Finland without prematurely greying or loosing my hair all together. Your contributions will pay for my flights (Philadelphia to London, London to Tampere) housing accommodations at Arteles, and my working materials (mainly consisting of paper and cloth). My flight is booked for May 30, your contribution will help to make this day blindingly bright. I believe in this work, I believe in this world!
Please feel free to email me with any questions, I am excited to share this work and am happy to talk about it whenever possible.
Thanks a million!!!!!!!
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Mar 15, 2011 - May 28, 2011
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Awesome photo email from Finland and sincere thanks!!!!
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Fun and fabulous postcard sent from Finland! And of course, very sincere thanks for your support!
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Hand written letter and rubbing sent all the way from Finland!!!
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An awesome hand written letter, a rubbing from the earth of Finland, and a hand-made, unique map (in the style of my memory map series) sent from Finland! Thank you thank you!
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The fabulous hand written letter, rubbing, and TWO maps will be yours....with the addition of a super fun and exciting trinket from Finland!!!!
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The SUPER FANTASTIC AWESOME CARE PACKAGE!!!!! To include: a letter, TWO rubbings, THREE maps, TWO crazy Finnish snacks and TWO crazy Finnish trinkets!!!!!!!
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The FINLAND SUPER AWESOME CARE PACKAGE!!!!!! This includes the super fantastic awesome care package as above, and also includes a hand-stitched architectural piece, specific image to be determined based on the series that develops in Finland. Approx. size will be 8"x10", this piece will be sent after the journey.
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This includes the FINLAND SUPER AWESOME CARE PACKAGE, PLUS a CD of the sound files I've recorded on the trip. This hand-sewn piece will be approx. 11"x15"
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This is the most incredible option EVER!!!!!!! You will receive one post card per week for the duration of my stay. One care package per month (total of two) to each include one letter, 2 rubbings, 5 maps, 5 Finnish snacks and 5 Finnish trinkets from my travels. You will also receive one 11"x15" stitched piece, the cd of sound files and a cd of images that I take in Finland.