The project in the book explores the relationships between collective and personal memories by looking at the community surrounding a textile mill, now closed, of which the artist’s family was a part. The story of one small community is set in the larger context of post-industrial cities worldwide, as they seek new identities. The book depicts a mill filled by powerful rhythms of looms and lively collectives of women workers that, in today’s competitive world seems like a bright and distant dream.
Maria Kapajeva is an Estonian artist who lives and works in London, UK. Her multicultural background informs her practice of mining the diverse range of cultural identity and gender issues within historical and contemporary contexts. She works with stories and histories that grow out of vernacular photographs that she finds in archives, old family albums, on the internet or in flea markets. Kapajeva’s most recent solo shows include: Test Shooting (CBS Digital Art Space, Denmark, 2019), Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear (Narva Art Residency, Estonia, 2017) and I just knew… She has been with me ever since (WOAK Gallery, Białystok Poland, 2017). Recent group shows include: RIBOCA Biennial (Latvia, 2018), Narratives alongside him (Kaunas Photography Gallery, Lithuania, 2018) and Field’s ONE (Sluice Art HQ, UK, 2018). In 2018, Kapajeva won the Runner-Up Award at FOKUS Video Art Festival (Denmark) and her artist book You can call him another man was shortlisted for Aperture First Photobook Award. Kapajeva teaches at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, and is involved in the research project Fast Forward: Women in Photography.