Foley Objects


FOLEY OBJECTS (2013)

Series of 28 photographs, 38 x 38cm, archival pigment print, framed

 

 

In 1956 René Magritte declared “a thing which is present can be invisible, hidden by what it shows.”

It is an aphorism that perfectly sums up the work of Jonna Kina

 

The series Foley Objects presents about thirty objects –everyday things for the most part – in an equal number of photos, each accompanied by a short caption. At first blush, the latter seems to bear no relation to the image associated with it, conjuring up an atmosphere of surrealist weirdness.

 

Then, little by little, it dawns on the viewer that the phrase relates to the sound made by the object depicted. Once this principle is grasped, perusing this gallery of images becomes not only disconcerting but fun too. And it is not long before one catches oneself hearing photos.

 

In audiovisual parlance, the term “Foley” designates sound effect added to a movie at post-production. The noise of footsteps, of a door slamming, of a piece of paper being screwed up – the types of sound not easily recorded during the shoot. The Finnish artist organizes photographs of the objects used by technicians to reproduce these sounds into a typology. Yet this arrangement quickly appears as more than a mere nomenclature, since, above and beyond its purely documentary approach, the series offers a veritable experience of synaesthesia that requires us to reflect on our perceptions and on the limits of the text-image relationship.

 

 

Lydia Dorner, Curator, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne

 

 

Foley Objects, Installation view, Mänttä Art Festival, Finland 2013

 

 

 

 

Pigeons

Pigeons

 

 

 

 

 

Bed

Bed

 

 

 

 

Bathroom

Bathroom

 

 

 

 

Wind

Wind

 

 

 

 

Fire

Fire

 

 

 

 

Waves

Waves

 

 

 

 

Leaves of grass

Leaves of grass

 

 

 

 

Spaceship door

Spaceship door

 

 

 

 

Empty space

Empty space

 

 

 

 

Snow

Snow

 

 

 

 

Fart

Fart

 

 

 

 

Champagne

Champagne

 

 

 

 

Dinosaur skin

Dinosaur skin

 

 

 

 

Church bell

Church bell

 

 



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