Saturday 4 March 2017

The scientific archaeological research of "Durchgangslager Hangö 1942-1944" and Poetic Archaeology.

The scientific conflict archaeology research of "Durchgangslager Hangö" owes a lot to the photographic art project "Poetic Archaeology". The project is funded by Vetenskapsrådet (Sweden) and administered by the Academy of Fine Arts (Finland).

Photographic art meets archaeology. The find layer of "Durchgangslager Hangö". Photo Jan Fast.

Since 2015 I have been periodically employed by the project a situation that has helped me a lot in my research. Since December 2016 I have had the luxury of working with the excavation finds in the projects workspace at "Kaapelitehdas" in Helsinki.

The "Poetic Archaeology" workspace at "Kaapelitehdas". Photo Jan Fast.

"Poetic archaeology" was founded in 2014 by Jan Martti Kaila, Japo Knuutila and Jan Fast on the methodology of both artistic and scientific research. The project looks at some unexpected similarities between contemporary art and contemporary archaeology. Could artistic research serve as a platform for opening up a dialogue and collaboration between the two disciplines that mostly function as separate institutions?

"Baracke"interior from "Durchgangslager Hangö". 
Photo Poetic Archaeology Jan Martti Kaila/Japo Knuutila

In late august 2017 the project enters a new phase with the construction of a photographic art exhibition at the Exhibition Laboratory in Helsinki!!

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