a monument of confusion and shame

a monument of confusion and shame

Monument of Confusion and Shame (2011 – ongoing)

One five cent coin and 15 cm of transparent tape, in sidewalks of Kallio, Helsinki and also in i.a. Tampere, Turku, and Riga (Latvia), Malmö (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Athens and Rhodes (Greece), Tallinn and Pärnu (Estonia), Geneve (Switzerland), and Paris (France)

How much responsibility has an adult to take of oneself and one´s own life? What is a responsibility of a society, how far does a responsibility of one human being to another extend? When one can pass it to someone else, to another direction than one´s own?

My home is in Kallio, Helsinki. I walk there a lot, to a grocery store, to the library, to work. Lately a man, 30-40 years old, looking like a dormitory resident has been stopping me disturbingly often and asked for money, saying that he hasn´t eaten for three days. I answer to him that I don´t have any cash, I always pay with a card, which is almost true. Once I remember a five cent coin in my pocket and give it to him. He takes the coin but says, so small amount. I don´t know what to answer, I was naively thinking that five cent is more than nothing. But this five cent coin was an insult to him.

Would it had been better not to give him anything that time, too, because actually I wouldn´t had wanted to give it either…

Helsinki_3369Helsinki, 2016

Helsinki_3368Helsinki, 2016

Helsinki_3367Helsinki, 2016

Helsinki_3364Helsinki, 2016

Helsinki_3250Helsinki, 2016

Helsinki_3247Helsinki, 2016

Helsinki_3246Helsinki, 2016

Helsinki_3243Helsinki, 2016

Helsinki_3237Helsinki, 2016

Helsinki_3236Helsinki, 2016

Helsinki_3254Helsinki, 2016

Helsinki3249Helsinki, 2016

Helsinki_3234Helsinki, 2016

TampereTampere, Finland 2017

Riga_4053Riga, Latvia 2017

Rhodes4300Rhodes, Greece 2017

Pärnu4011Pärnu, Estonia 2017

Paris3349Paris, France 2016

Paris3348Paris, France 2016

Paris3299Paris, France 2016

HelsinkiBaanan yl3769Helsinki, 2017

Ateena_syntagma square3716Athens, Syntagma Square, Greece 2017

Ateena3711Athens, Greece 2017

Tallinn_3648Tallinn, Estonia 2017

Tallinn_3646Tallinn, Estonia 2017

Turku 25.3 smallTurku, Finland 2018

Malmö_odradek_smallMalmö, Sweden 2018

GVA_airport_smallGVA, Switzerland 2018

Geneve_smallGeneve, Switzerland 2018

Geneve_Rousseau_smallGeneve, near Íle Rousseau, Switzerland 2018

Copenhagen_smallCopenhagen, Denmark 2018

Helsinki elo2018Helsinki, 2018

Turku syyskuu 2018Turku, Finland 2018