Solastalgia Tampere

Work info:
Solastalgia, 2024
Recycled office lights, projection paint on fluorescent tube, glass windows

Solastalgia, derived from the Latin word “solacium” (comfort) and the Greek word “algos” (pain), is a neologism created by environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht to describe the experience of a familiar environment suddenly becoming unfamiliar. The feeling described by the term is a kind of homesickness experienced at home, when the place known as home suddenly becomes unsafe and unknown.

The artwork consists of 198 paintings on fluorescent tube, that together create a room wide panoramic landscape that builds on the nordic birch and the landscape that is disappearing because of the intensive and accelerating forestry industry in Finland. The artwork is a site specific installation commissioned for and realised with materials found on site.