What Remains?

Sampsa Virkajärvi

The video depicts the final years of a mother suffering from dementia in her own home, and the way the understanding of time and place changes as the illness advances: How many homes she lives simultaneously. The work also tries to describe some of the difficulties that an old person and her carer encounter when she does not remember, see and comprehend. In his works, Virkajärvi depicts with an intimate and essayistic approach the challenging nature of life situations and the form they take in the mind – what it is like now and how we can try to understand, tolerate and accept it.

Production Year
2018
Duration
00:22:32
Type
Genre
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Original Title
Mitä jää?
Finnish Title

Mitä jää?

English Title

What Remains?

Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
Yes
Sound
Yes
Cast
Sampsa Virkajärvi (Author), Sampsa Virkajärvi (Cinematographer), Sampsa Virkajärvi (Director), Sampsa Virkajärvi (Editor), Sampsa Virkajärvi (Producer), Sampsa Virkajärvi (Script), Sampsa Virkajärvi (Sound Design), Sampsa Virkajärvi (Actor), Raija Virkajärvi (Actor), Riikka Lenkkeri (Actor), TAIKE (Funder), Sampsa Virkajärvi (Funder)
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Sampsa Virkajärvi

Born: 1970

Sampsa Virkajärvi is a visual artist and documentary filmmaker. His works deal with cultural issues and historical matters. Virkajärvi is interested in people’s experiences of living under the pressures of economical powers and technological changes. His works explore the ways in which people attempt to make the world more understandable and suitable for themselves. Virkajärvi’s works have been seen in exhibitions and festivals including Helsinki Art Museum’s Kluuvi Gallery (2008), Mänttä Art Festival (2008), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (2008) and Kunsthalle Helsinki (2001).