In the work, the confirmation picture, a familiar item in Finnish family rooms, receives a new form. The portraits of “Confirmation” form a collective performance in which identity is created for the picture.
A rite of passage is a symbolic shift from childhood to adulthood, but what does it mean? Do the portraits tell about what is expected from an adult or how adulthood is perceived? The moving portraits examine how change is being confirmed. Here, gender also becomes a performance.
The exhibition is made possible with the support from Arts Promotion Centre Finland and The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK)
Tanja Konstenius (b. 1982) is a Stockholm-born, Finnish-Chilean visual artist based in Amsterdam. She mainly works with photography and video. Her works often explore themes related to otherness and identity.