Artist: Camilla Sæberg, 2nd year MA Fine Art student
Location: Kubburinn, LHÍ Laugarnes
Opening: February 16th, 16:00 - 18:00
Also open: February 17-18, 12:00-16:00 & February 19-23, 13:00-17:00
"And then Saara had a child, who grew up to be a beautiful boy and a boy so intelligent that he even knew the priests' sermons by heart, but what a cruel fate, that boy fell ill with a falling sickness and his mind went, blown out, and it had to be cared for like an animal, the door barred so it couldn’t run away. But it got away anyway, and woe to those days and nights when the father and mother searched for their son like a lost sheep through the great swamp forest. But then, luckily, that poor boy died..." (Ilmari Kianto, Travels in Northern Finland, 1927).
WAKE presents a visual narrative of trauma and disease, which explores the generational impact of loss and fear. In the exhibition Camilla Sæberg engages with her personal family history through the medium of painting, studying an event which portrays the weight of trauma carried through generations. In 1960, in the remote woods of Northern Finland, a boy falls ill of a mysterious epileptic sickness and dies. A wake is held in which family members, neighbours and relatives gather around to witness the body before the burial. The effects of death become re-enacted through the maternal line into the contemporary moment, as trauma itself becomes a hereditary trait of a genetic mutation.
Camilla Sæberg (b.1991) is a Finnish born visual artist based in Reykjavík, Iceland. She graduated from the Iceland University of the Arts’ BA program in 2017, where she is currently finishing her MA degree in Fine Arts. In her practice, Camilla studies different themes in relation to trauma and subjectivity through the medium of painting.