1986–1937 (Sunila), 2012
Two-channel film installation and camping stools
16mm film transfered to Blu-ray, silent, loop, 4 min
This film explores the transformations in the material landscape of the Sunila pulp mill and housing area in Southeast Finland, a planned industrial community designed by Alvar Aalto in the 1930s. Once a symbol of industrial progress, Sunila was originally conceived as a utopian ‘forest town’, embodying the modernist ideal of a semi-urban residential area that integrated work and leisure. As of the 1980s, most of the real estate for factory staff has been transferred to private owners, following a period of economic depression that led to massive cuts in workforce and the dismantling of public services.
Photography: Pol González
Focus puller: Julieta Lutti
Edition: Glòria Martí
Produced with the support of Botín Foundation, 2011