Almost All The Flowers In My Mother’s Garden

Kurki, Hilla

Regular price €30,00

“[A] 144-page work containing more than 100 pictures of flowers, mainly photographed in the author’s mother’s garden, and intimate memories of mothers by anonymous daughters. In the book the memories are merged together, and thus do not personify in one specific mother, making even painful memories easier to encounter. The flowers in the pictures symbolize the care, or the lack of it, that forms the basis of our growth.

The background of the work is the artist Hilla Kurki’s realization of the silent gap between herself and her mother. In conversations with other artists of her generation, many recognized something similar about their own relationship with their mothers. In the book the collected memories form a text, that alternates with the flowers, where artist from e.g. Finland, France, Slovenia and Hungary try to remember their mothers.”

A beautiful book of riso-printed images of flowers interspersed with text fragments in which various daughters remember their mothers; personal and specific, these glimpses into different mother-daughter dynamics build a multi-faceted picture of motherhood, the soft flowers sometimes chime with warm and gentle memories and sometimes clash with turbulent and troubled ones.

Soft cover with dust jacket, 20 x 14,5 cm, 142 pages, 2nd ed., Helsinki 2023

ISBN: 978-952-68478-6-3