Known Named Identified

The video is about human dignity and tolerance, the living and the lost, the memories and the remembrance. Often names of the victims perished in mass destruction remain undocumented. Tracing and recording names is ongoing; the name collection becomes part of a collective memory. Name is history, identification, power, truth.

In the video voices repeat the word "name" in over 30 languages such as German, Greek, English, Polish, Hungarian, French, Spanish, Swedish, Italian. The repeatedly spoken "name" similar in most languages becomes mantra-like chant refering to memory, not forgetting and to all the unknown and known names. Shot in Auschwitz- Birkenau in Poland where wild flower meadows unaware of the past cover the ground. Not anonymous. Not foreign. Not forgotten.

  • KirsiMarja Metsähuone
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2014
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  • Student Project:
  • Nordic Film Fest
  • MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, screening
Director Biography - KirsiMarja Metsähuone

KirsiMarja Metsähuone works with film, video and photography. Themes of her work include human interaction, urban action, juxtaposing the incompatible, feminist issues, decay, memory, body, identity, deconstruction.

Metsähuone holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute/United States in experimental film and photography, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts/Finland in media arts. Her videos and films have been shown e.g. in the United States, Finland, France, Italy, Spain, England, Canada, South America.

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Director Statement

KirsiMarja Metsähuone is interested in non-narrative in film and narration in photographic expression. Often she works with image-text hybrids.

Her experimental short films and videos are without a traditional narrative and the structure is often times cyclical relying on repetition, close-ups and semi-abstract ambiguity.