Taking a Chance on Love, 2017–2022 (Ongoing)
‘To Err is Human’, Mänttä XXV Art Festival, Finland 2021
Solo - ‘Taking a chance on Love’, Le Pave D’orsay, Paris, France 2019
The artist Mariam Haji in her transformation to Meri Helmi places the audience as a voyeur in this project. Her autobiographical story visualises the marriage to her Finnish Lover, Hannes Särkkä, from its inception to finality. The works represent the transformative stages of the artist’s love to Hannes and the endurance marriage requires, her transition to motherhood, and the boundaries of their interracial relationship and their religious beliefs. These stages are aesthetically expressed through drawing, paintings, video and sculpture. Taking a Chance on Love is an autobiographical collection of varying artworks where the artist draws inspiration from reality and vulnerability and executes her art with transparency.