Aki-Pekka Sinikoski with Astrid Sinikoski
Royal Botanic Gardens
As children, our fears are often easy to name or recognise. We are afraid of monsters, ghosts, or the shadows behind the curtains. As we get older, our fears often become more abstract. 'New Ghosts' is a collaborative project, where my daughter, Astrid, and I reenact our fears and nightmares in photographs. Through the cathartic process of addressing our fears, my daughter and I tame these faceless figments of our imagination. They are no longer our enemies, but our servants who are ready to support us and make us feel stronger. Together, we splash light into the darkness and get to know the unknown. After showing Astrid the photographs of our monsters, he didn't find them scary anymore. On the contrary, she saw the creature as a new friend who would comfort and protect her. This collaborative project has encouraged us to spend more time with one another. 'New Ghosts' provides us with a space to share our thoughts, fears, and dreams and expands upon the traditional relationship between my role as a father and her identity as a child.
When: 12pm Sat 4 May
Where: Festival Hub, Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford St, Paddington, NSW, 2021
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When: 12pm Saturday 4 May
Where: Festival Hub, Paddington Town Hall
Aki-Pekka Sinikoski was born in Porvoo, Finland, and currently resides in Helsinki. Sinikoski has studied in Kunstakademiet at Kunsthøgskolen in Norway and received his Master of Fine Art from the Department of Media at Aalto University in Finland. He is a multi-faceted portrait photographer whose works has been exhibited both in Finland and internationally. Sinikoski has also worked as an executive producer and curator of the Helsinki Biennale exhibitions since 2006.
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