Wednesday 4.12 at 6pm at Arkadia: Contemporary Finnish Prayer, an exhibit by Daisy Lafarge

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to Contemporary Finnish Prayer, an exhibit by Daisy Lafarge on Wednesday 4.12 at 6pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)


Warm regards,


Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome

Contemporary Finnish Prayer by Daisy Lafarge

Contemporary Finnish Prayer is a visual and textual exploration of pilgrimage and everyday strategies, using Nordic walkers as pictorial subjects.

The government championed phenomenon of Nordic walking is used to combat the ailments brought on by the long dark seasons; both physical and mental. In this light the walkers can be seen as modern pilgrims; their 21st century destinations being those of inner strength and positivity. In an attempt to excavate the evolving place of ritual and the sacred, influences are lightly assimilated from ancient authorities: the walkers pose as Osiris using their poles as crook and flail, and the images are cloaked with a loose saintly aesthetic.

The works try to illuminate the undercurrents of ritual motives that continue to drive us in the everyday, though often disguised by secular safeguards of ‘health’ and ‘fitness’. The ardent care of the body is modern parlance for the spirit that we have banished.

Daisy Lafarge is a Fine Art student at Edinburgh College of Art, currently on an exchange program in Lahti. Her work is driven by and assimilates everyday practices; manifesting as performance, documentary images, collage, film, and primarily the written word.

A list ofpublications and ongoing visual practices can be found at: