Video installation, photograps, furniture, 2003

Installation view: Artspace, Sydney, Australia, © Erkki Valli-Jaakola
© Veli Granö

Kirsti, 2002

Installation tells a story of a middle-aged woman living in Helsinki. She is a healer and cleaning woman. Actually Kirsti developed her skills quite accidentally after having got ill herself in a very strange way. She began to get wounds without any logical reasons, and finally even people around her could get wounds. After having noticed also strange mental abilities in herself, she got courage to completely change her life. This all led to an extreme dedication in the fields and methods of paranormal.


Subtitles for the video ”Kirsti” by Veli Granö


My grandmother was able to

massage people into health –


and my great grandmother

was a witch


I got angry with my neighbour

and a few minutes later –


some panelling fell off the wall

right above the kitchen sink


Then flower vases fell down,

objects started to move about, –


My dog

looked around amazed –


and I just

banged my fist on the table


Now I don’t dare to get angry

and I control myself –


as I don’t know

what might happen


Often a poltergeist phenomenon

is caused by the fact that –


people have certain energy,

for example teenagers have it


But I’m not energetic


Uncontrolled energy

may cause anything


The best way to put it into use

is healing people


Once I was healing a person and

saw something on the ground


It was like a small lamp

gleaming there


During treatments sparkles

started to appear everywhere


At another time during

my 10-year career as a healer –


cuts appeared on the skin


Customers told me that

they got cuts after treatment


I couldn’t believe it


Later I noticed them

on my own skin, too


I would have cuts on my leg,

my arm or elsewhere


Then when a customer

came in for a session –


we noticed that my cut

was in the same spot as theirs


A day after treatment a lady

came and said that her clothes –


were covered with blood but

there were no marks on her skin


Nowadays the cuts have gone

and there are more sparkles


Here are only

some of my diaries


In these diaries I have collected

sparkles and some stories


I see sparkles

in the most ordinary places


On a bus I see that the person

in front has one on his cheek –


or on the back of his neck

It’s not always a special

moment, it can be any time


I don’t know if you can see,

but there’s lilac and pink ones


I don’t know

the meaning of the colours


Gold and silver you see often


Also copper-coloured ones,

like on the day my mother died


That day

I also saw pink and lilac ones, –


which I haven’t seen since


They are some kind of signs


Maybe signs of

support and encouragement


If only people could realise –


that all the time there are

others present who can see us


When a person starts to find

these mysteries in them, –


it can be a hard experience,

this “awakening”


We are certainly not

the only ones here


We are only a small part

of a great whole


There’s so much more

in this universe



Sonja Kärki/Pre-Text Oy