Through the use of body gestures and her own facial expressions as a medium, Finnish artist Pia Lindman explores our relationship with our gestures in light of the proliferation of media images in society. By taking body and facial gestures from these images and introducing them in another context, she studies the effects that these transmediated images have on us. Specifically to what extent are they a memesis or embodiment of our internal being, and can these in fact be ‘re-engineered’ for another outcome?
In 2002 the mass outpouring of grief over the loss of loved ones from the September 11th attacks by people living in Manhattan and the subsequent display of images depicting these mourners in the NY Times prompted Lindman to do a re-enactment of them in another context. She would spend a whole year from 2002 to 2003 collecting images of terrorist victims expressing grief from the Times, trace over the outlines of these gestures and mimic them in another setting.