A memory: Mud... trash... footstep... invisible things... a thing from childhood that you also may remember? A wooden construction that is built to shield a machine... a little hut made to shield a place from rain, a tarp to shield an open hole in the ground, a rock laid down on another. I walk past these things, there is a crack from which I see to the inside: an empty room, sometimes an abandoned room, sometimes a place of an important, yet unknown event. I went to the place and I was afraid of the place. I like to think of it so that I'm paying my respects to the place: I make a circle around it, I stop, nod and say mm-hmm.
Celebrating the release of Iina Esko’s new zine, Soft 🐚
In a dream I saw the old square of Siena. It was limbo. The square, like the whole town, was somewhere high up. There was no horizon. The square was tilted and covered in ice. There were people skating on it and a cembalo was playing a Christmas tune. Otherwise, it was quiet. I wondered how people could skate on the tilted plane, the angle must have been 40 degrees. That's quite a tilt for limbo-skating.
A few years later, I am standing on the old square in Siena. You can't see the horizon. There is no ice but the square is indeed a bit tilted, perhaps five or ten degrees. This is the square after the limbo, and also outside it. I feel somehow calm and good.
It’s better now. Don’t you think so?
It helps if you're softer.
Photos & text by Iina Esko
Translation by Otso Harju
Design by Anna Niskanen
Binding by Anna Niskanen, Lotta Blomberg & Liina Aalto-Setälä
Riso printing Vallilan Risopaja / Tuukka Kaila
Edition of 60
Self published 2018
Photographing should be meaningful here and now, not unlike existence.
YYY is an experimental zine and exhibition concept initiated and published by Katri Naukkarinen. For each issue two photographic thinkers, besides Naukkarinen, are invited to have a conversation of sorts, within the pages of a tabloid magazine.
GODARD IS DOG is a text on the back of a black wool coat a girl in South China wore in March 2016. It is also the name of Helen Korpak's zine trilogy with photos of English language signs, slogans and prints in People's Republic of China. The release coincides with a one night only exhibition of carefully curated sartorial pieces showcasing the best of fake logos and designer knock offs.