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CONTEMPORARY SANTA CLAUS ARTIST ASSOCIATION
Eemil Karila & Kalle Lampela
2004 -
 
   
 

MR. CONFECTIONER, 2008-2009

The most poetic expression of the architecture and public sculpture of the Stalinist era is the wet dream of the mad confectioner. In a concrete sculpture Mr. Confectioner socialist realism meets consumerist neo-liberalism. That is how totalitarian realism is born.

The choice of material in the sculpture reflects the Lapland war (1944-45) and the remains of the concrete dugouts of that war. We live at the mercy of history and in the surroundings that it has created. Memory is the mother of the arts and, without remembering, it is impossible to understand the present or build the future. In Lapland’s history there is darkness and taboos, that are disguised traumatically. The most visible and superficial disguise is the tourist product Santa Claus.

Eemil Karila © 2011