I'm Regina &
This page is my project-introduction for the Fresh AIR residency, Berlin.
I'd like to address the moral responsibility of applying for housing and monetary support for the purpose of talking about people who often face unfair difficulties stabilising both. Therefore, I aim to create a project which outlives the duration of the residency itself, and can independently continue helping people in need and educating those who are not.
"Made your bed"
As I had my first diploma in printmaking and the second one in graphic design, it became apparent that the boundaries between these two fields are quite flexible. Mixing fine art with design is something that I would like to build on during working on the project "Made your bed": the work would have two platforms of expression. On the one hand, there would be a series of big-size printed graphics, functioning as a fine art statement, visually representing feelings, experiences and thoughts of people who are or were in the process of migration. In other words,
giving them a voice through art.
On the other hand, there would be a series of digitally printed booklets created with the mission of educating people on the matter of migration. The booklets, however, are not designed to sit on the shelf, but they would occupy different urban areas, making it way harder to ignore the issue. The booklets would have a unique design: they would resemble tents, and stand in a triangle-shape with their spine up. Groups of them would recall the sight of the camps of people going through relocation.
The two parts of the project would be
intertwined through visual language.
Media: printed graphics
& book design
Field of action:
Migration as a phenomenon has many ways, both in human environment and in nature. I'd like to highlight that every story of migration is different, and it is a gradual process with long-lasting effects both on an individual and societal level. Behind using the symbol of a tent, my motivation is not the generalisation of the experience of relocation, but rather showing
the diversity of the concept of home.
My project is focusing on the mental aspect of such an intimate space becoming portable, security turning into uncertainity, and constancy turning into change.
However, I wouldn't like to stop at giving these people a voice: I would like to get it to the audience, too. Ispired by guerilla campaigns, I'd create miniature tent-camps out of booklets, occupying urban environments. The gesture itself is a statement against ignorance, making the issue visible, and reaching people who normally don't have the topic in mind. Anyone could freely take a booklet, the act of "raising the tent" would invite the person on an educative journey to get to know more about what lies behind it. Education on the issue is vital, and my tent-books aim to do it in an interactive way.
This step is especially important for making
a bridge between groups who went through migration and those who now became their new community. The contents of the booklet would consist of personal stories, informative material of migration, articles based on relevant scientific publications, and illustrations that signify that migration is not a collection of demographic data, but the life of many people. I'd make a series of photographs of the installed tent-booklets once
they are in the city as documentation.
On a mission like this, authenticity is one of the most important things. I am lucky to know Linda Romy, a Berliner who works at Greek migrant camps at the moment, and shares the genuine issues of people in this situation. She provided me with contacts I could use when I am in Berlin to meet and interview people at different stages of the process of relocation. These interviews would be the spine of my project, as I want to depict real stories and not merely my
impression on the issue.
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Through the photos Linda published lately on social media, the frequent appearance of tin-foil mats caught my eye. As a substitute for a bed, this object is loaded with meaning. On the one hand, a bed is the place of intimacy, a place we trust enough to fall asleep, and feel secure enough to become vulnerable.
A "portable" version of such an intimate object feels almost self-contradictory. This is why I chose these mats to be the canvas of my mixed media print series, which would explore the change of the concept of home and the challenges of identity. The series would consist of six big-size prints using black and white on the silver surface of tin-foil beds. I find it important that the choice of medium and material contributes to the meaning of the artwork. I'd use block prints mixed with the printed surface of textured objects I find in an urban environment.
The end result of the project would be a coherent narrative aiming to tell the story of people going through migration, using both fine art and graphic design. As a conclusive exhibition I'd create an installation of the tent-booklets, showcase the photo-documentation of how they behave in an urban environment, and exhibit the printed graphics as a fine art statement. I expect the project to live on after the residency as I'd offer my educational material to be further printed and distributed, helping to spread information on the topic, and create a bridge between all of us.
PARAMETERS OF THE WORKS:
Booklet: A6 Saddle stitch, lenght & numbers are flexible
Printed Graphics: 2 pieces of 150×200cm, 4 pieces of 60×180cm
Style: Contemporary, mixed media
Relevant works from my portfolio
I was curating and organizing the exhibition of international student in ASP Wrocław.
One Minute Stories
A bilingual book with
a hourglass cover.
This is my bilingual edition of a book of one-page novels by István Örkény. I was curious how can I incorporate movement and time into a book, so I turned the cover into a functioning hourglass. The trick is, English texts in the book are printed upside down, so with each "turn" the timer in the cover starts over again. The books are handbinded, and were born as a result of a lot of experiments involving sand, seeds and glue. The illustrations in the book are made of different seeds, photographed on a lighttable I built using my chair, some plexi and a table lamp. The project won the Ukrainian Book Design Awards & featured on Sagmeister's social media.
An interactive book with pop-up elements.
When we think of folklore, we depict a thing of the past, labelled objects behind a glass, and traditions which only exist on the countryside. To put it shortly, a shadow of what it used to be. Or is it? My work explores Estonian folklore, intervowing shadows to be part of the book through interactive pop-up pieces which show their true nature when the reader uses flashlight on them. My goal with the shadow pieces was to explore how illustration can expand outside of the book, and can have an animated nature without a screen. The atmosphere is fitting: Estonian folk tales are rather gloomy, painting the picture of forests full of spirits, devils, wandering souls and shadows.
installation with glasses.
Ususally my problem with philosophical ways of understanding a world is that all of them are from human perspective, despite humans are not the center of the universe. In this printmaking installation I oppose the human viewpoint with objectivity, using phrases of language and scientific figures. From behind the glasses, expressions like "in cold blood" can be read, from outside the glasses the letters are mirrored and only the figures can be seen and understood. The installation became interactive at an exhibition in German, allowing people to put the glasses on and engage with the project.