Hanover Project are pleased to invite you to an exhibition of work by British artist Flis Holland, who relocated to Helsinki in 2011. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.
Her research is an attempt to slow down and re-complicate how we think about our relationship to the built environment. It investigates the compulsion to revisit locations that are no longer physically accessible to us, to see how their persistent presence at the back of our minds impinges on our experiences of the places in which we live and work. The act of facilitating a repeated return to a particular site, to tread the same path through it and yet be unable to interact with the surroundings, only to look, takes on the characteristics of a traumatic dream or a haunting.
The installation consists of a series of viewing boxes dispersed throughout the gallery. Peering into them, we find two sets of images. The first walks us round a detailed scale model of the exhibition space, but mirrored in such a way that we look back at the very place in which we are standing. The closer we try to get to our privileged position, the further away it moves in the images. The second set takes us from the light and airy gallery to the dimly lit narrow corridor of a house. The scenes are unsettling, with signs of forced entry at one end, and a peculiar lump under the carpet blocking the doorway at the other. Spending a little time with the images it becomes apparent that certain spatial relations can be seen not only within but also between the sets of images, and key features cross the boundaries between the two.
Thanks to UCLan and the Kone Foundation for their support.
For further information please see www.flisholland.fi