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3. June 2021 @ 10:00 - 13. June 2021 @ 20:00

Inspired by visits to abandoned houses in Valencia, Spain, Such is the Silence addresses our corporeal connection to time and place. 

In this series of work, Orpana poses for and with the camera. She explains, “As I step into the room, my subconscious starts to form narratives of fictitious past events that I recreate through the character depicted in the images that I call Miss Silence.” 

Through the presence of Miss Silence the rooms come to life once again. Yet without shared memories or a connection to the houses, a tension and narrative is created between the place and her own presence, subtly navigating timelesslyneither in the past nor the presenton the borderlines of truth and fiction.

From the layers of time lurking in the corners of the rooms, Such is the Silence also addresses questions of existence, identity and memories: Whose past is present when spending time in these houses? What happened in these rooms a hundred years ago? 

Such is the Silence is being presented as an installation consisting photographs, a video, wallpaper and found objectscreating a story-like installation where each part is in a dialogue with the other.

The Camera House presenting Such is the Silence by Essi Maaria Orpana has been designed and built by Josephine Bailey, Amalie Bonde Fabricius, Isabella Eid Larsen, Emilie Schleppegrel and Elisabeth Friis Torp, Bachelor students from the Institute of Architecture and Design, Royal Danish Academy, under the supervision of Architect and Teacher Kristian Hansen, from Marstal Søfartsmuseum. Head of the Bachelor program is Architect, Associate Professor Jacob Sebastian Bang.

Her project and participation is supported by the Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark and FRAME Finland.

We wish to thank our key partner Institute for Architecture and Design, The Royal Danish Academy for co-creation of the architectural framework of the exhibition. 

The festival centre and CPF has generously been supported by Københavns Kommune, Det Obelske Familiefond and Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond. 


Essi Maaria Orpana (b.1988) is a visual artist based in Helsinki with a background in photography and video. Orpana studied a BA in Visual Arts from Turku University of Applied Science Art Academy as well as Fine Arts at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain. In 2021 she will be graduating with an MA in Photography at Aalto University, School of Arts.

Characteristic to her practice is to perform for, or with, the camera. In this way her artistic approach is personal, flavoured with an uncanny twist.⁠


Opening Day: 3.6: 17:00-22:00

4-6.6: 10:00-20:00

7-9.6: 12:00-20:00

10-13.6: 10:00-20:00

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3. June 2021 @ 10:00
13. June 2021 @ 20:00
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