After 100 Years in Finland

Tuomas Koskialho

2012 - 2013

Hugo Simberg was painting his dream-alike world with its creatures more than 100 years ago.

Now it's time to wake up.

Simberg's creatures have turned into young adults and, at first, they were wandering around trying to figure out what went wrong. Now they don't care anymore. As the society has ignored them, they gradually stopped caring about anything. However, the concern about social exclusion has taken its place as a hot topic in the daily news, but this is not about it. It's about the lack of solidarity and equal treatment. Total ignorance is a powerful tool - and you reap what you sow.

I see Simberg's symbolism as an image of a lost paradise. As the time has went by, the paradise has been long forgotten. Being too tired to fight against the unconscionable rules gives birth to a thought below the level of consciousness: is it better to take a step sideways and drop out?

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