began working on my art-project Happiness as an
Art-project in Johannesburg, Southafrica in March 2000. This
since I realized how important happiness is to be able t0 live a
good life, then and there.
The project includes e.g. videos, sounds and interviews
with people from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Southafrica, India and
Johannesburg the emphasis was put on happiness in such a criminal
society. What do people think about happiness when they protect
themselves with weapons and
live behind high walls?
These issues resulted in my masters-degree-exhibition
At Gunpoint, that was
shown in Galleri 60, Umeå, in
Singapore the focus was set on how to achieve happiness thru' pain,
among other things. The Hindu-priest Paul Raj tells about and shows
in a projection in Ananda - Happiness -
Lycka. Apart from
annually walking on fire for the goddess Sri Mariaman he
also participates in the Thaipusam-festival, to honour lord
Murugan. In the Thaipusam-festivities there is a parade,
where the devotees, with hooks thru' their bodies march far in the
heat. To the hooks small containers with milk are attached. To show
their devotion to lord Murugan Kavadis (large jars) filled
with milk are carried to be carried out as offerings to him.