Pajunen’s Multimedia “Laatikko/Box” on Saturday
Violinist, vocalist, and performance artist Sara Pajunen drew inspiration for her current program while researching in the archives at the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center. “There are boxes and boxes of forgotten stories,” she says. Growing up in a Finnish-American family, Pajunen says she began asking herself questions such as, “How many generations does change take?” and “What happens in the space between leaving the familiar and finding the familiar?”
She found answers to those questions as she researched, as well as the theme for the music performance she was planning. Letters, documents, and old photographs form an interactive aspect of “Laatikko/Box”, the title of her current show (laatikko is the Finnish word for “box”) . Electronic components mix with violin and vocal compositions, and visual images explore the relationship of past to present, and generational change to individual growth.
Ms. Pajunen is the recipient of a 2014 Jerome Foundation grant and was commissioned to create “Laatikko/Box” by Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.
“Laatikko/Box” will be presented at the library this Saturday at 11 a.m. The program is sponsored by the library in association with the Arrowhead Library System and is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.