Atlas of Emotions


published by: Hatje Cantz
text by: Matteo Cremonesi


With Atlas of Emotions, Finnish artist Jari Silomäki delves with sensitivity and invective into the tortuous recesses of the lives of those who, behind the shadow of pseudonyms, share their thoughts on online discussion forums. Carefully and tirelessly, Silomäki has immersed himself in the virtual architectures of the world, devoting several hundred hours to the search for the priceless literary treasures produced by the anonymous users who, from every corner of the globe, share furtive fragments of their existences and biographies.

His work, however, is not limited to the archiving of these testimonies. Silomäki aims to capture those decisive crossroads that forged the destinations of each author, bringing to life the emotions and events underlying each post. The digital pages, taken from the broad horizon of the Internet, are transformed into a manuscript that draws the observer into the intimacy of the authors’ refuges, skilfully reshaped and interpreted from the clues scattered in their writings. Subsequently, masters of stage art embody these revisited scenes, creating an extraordinary synergy of reality and representation.

The texts that emerge from the surface of the work constitute authentic relics of the lives of unknown individuals, fleshed out in their mother tongue. Silomäki is a director who veils, alters, and emphasises certain details, thus preserving the veil of incognito that envelops identities he crosses. The work presents itself as a journey that transports the observer from universality to the most intimate detail: the fears, desires and dreams of individual souls materialise in tangible forms.

A sensitive and poetic traversal that speaks, recounts, reanimates and presentises both the intimate human vicissitudes of individuals, as well as the social, political and economic history that all these individuals have witnessed and participated in, a traversal, a fresco of the main events that have characterised the beginning of the 21st century.

Jari Silomäki (1975) is a Finnish photographer. He is a graduate of the Turku Arts Academy and Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. His central method of expression is narrative documentary photography, which intimately couples visual art with textual expression.

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