A spatial installation with audio, video, photos and drawings. This exhibition is being held in the former Pärnu Prison and will take the audience on a journey into the traumatic childhood of the artist, raising questions about abuse and trauma.
When we look at photos of our friends or family from our childhood, we don’t think about how they might portray someone before or after experiencing sexual violence. They may be smiling or grimacing, their faces sad or indifferent, their eyes narrowed, they may seem angry or proud. Only when we know that such an event has taken place do we begin to look for signs that could speak of the experience; perhaps we might ask, “What do you feel when you think about it?” To make these traces visible, audible and tangible, Mare Tralla creates an audiovisual environment that reflects their childhood and traumatic experiences linked to it.
The taboos and fears associated with such experiences make talking about them almost impossible. This project is the result of a more than 20-year thought process for the artist.
‘Before and After’ is a space in which relationships and proportions have changed and where imperceptible details have become the most important carriers of meaning. As they move around the room, visitors have the opportunity to listen to an audio play based on conversations the artist has had about their experience over the years with friends, family and therapists.