Video installation, photograps, furniture, 2003.

Teos on nykytaiteen museo Kiasman kokoelmissa. Collections of museum of contemporary art in Kiasma.

Installation view: Gallery Artspace, Sydney, Australia, Photo © 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