SENSE OF WATER
ABOUT THE BOOK
For the past fourteen years Susanna Majuri has been working with water. She uses water as if it were paint. It merges people and landscapes together, blurs the dimensions and adds a metaphorical depth to her photography. In her images Majuri composes multiple psychological and symbolically charged scenarios to mirror her innermost feelings.
”My photographs can be seen as different places for emotions. I want to narrate feelings like in novels. I photograph strangers, they invoke my desire, and I ask them to come with me. I conceal my dreams and desires in images. Water paints with me, it merges the people and the landscapes together. Feelings can be revealed, but remain hidden. You can recognise these photographed places in your imagination. Mysteries will become your secrets, and I want to take you into your dreams. Here, in the images, my protagonists sing with tunes of joy and yearning. I borrow poet Tua Forsström: I said it was a dream, because I wanted to stay.” Susanna Majuri
Sense of Water is Susanna Majuri’s first book. The book takes the spectator on a visual and emotional journey inside these deeply personal scenes, which are loaded with things one cannot talk. The untold stories, the fear of losing someone you love, profound loneliness. The images will be paired with writings from four Nordic writers Vigdís Grímsdóttir, Monica Fagerholm, Tua Forsström and for the first time Susanna Majuri herself. She hands the reader a map into this other, secret world and unveils the enormous narrative potential that hides outside of the frames.
Title: Sense Of Water
Texts by Susanna Majuri, Vigdís Grímsdóttir, Monika Fagerholm and Tua Forsström
Designed by: Elina Patjas
Trim size: 20 x 25 cm
Page Count: 154 pages
Illustrations: 64 color ills.
Release Date: 2.9.2016
The book has evolved through a number of iterations with major input from the designer. The final design and content has shaped into this beautiful 154 paged hardcover coffee table photobook. In october 2015 the book dummy was presented in the Aarhus Photobook Week in Copenhagen by Pirkko Siitari, the former director of Kiasma. The book got very positive feedback. Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg Berlin, a book publisher company specialized in books in the fields of photography, fine arts, and culture has promised to publish this book. Up until now, this project has been completely self-funded by Susanna but 24.5.2016 she is launching a crowdsourcing campaign to provide the core funding to pay for the design and printing of the book. With successful funding, it is expected the book will be available by September 2016.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Fine art photographer Susanna Majuri (b. 1978) is known for magical images, where water is often a key element. Another recurrent theme in her works is the north both as a landscape and as a state of mind. Among other qualifications, Majuri graduated in 2007 with a Master of Arts from the University of Art and Design Helsinki, majoring in photography. She is currently completing her doctoral studies on photographic fiction at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. Majuri’s works have been included in numerous international group exhibitions and she has had solo exhibitions at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland (2010), Museum of Photography, Charleroi, Belgium (2011) Sogn and Fjordane Museum of Fine Arts, Norway (2011), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, France (2014) and Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany (2014) among others. Majuri is also a member of the internationally active Helsinki School artist group and her work is included in several major public and private collections both in Finland and abroad. Besides frozen rivers, waterfalls and windy landscapes, she’s inspired by songs about water and especially loves Riverside by Agnes Obel.