Pekka Niittyvirta


Photography, 2014


Al Ma'mal (The Tile Factory)

'And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…'

Revelation 21:2


Aerial photographs depict Jerusalem and the heavens above it as a fiery inferno or as a tranquil landscape. The photographs fall between traditional landscapes and satellite imagery often seen from conflict areas.


In this case, the artist visited a Jerusalem he had previously only experienced as a media event: the overwhelming imagery of hell and biblical history.


Memories of major events often gain their meaning through media, and not only through political or academic interpretations. As time passes, one creates an intimate relationship with such a media-sourced event, and the memories produced from this experience distort our awareness of ourselves as individuals, as members of communities, and as participants in history.


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