As time passes, routines and behaviors become safe ways to act. Year after year we read the same paper in the same position in the morning. We eat, we fight, we get offended and laugh like we always do. Although we are very different from each other, we also have many similarities. We share some of the same values and attitudes. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between your own and another person’s opinion. Is this how I feel or has my relationship with this person altered my opinions, altered me? Somewhere else I may behave differently. In a long relationship the boundary between me and you is blurred. Does this, in a way, lead to the creation of a new person, us?
The Rauhalas utilize symbolism related to Finnish wedding traditions. The name of the exhibition, Love Never Fails, refers to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, a text often read at weddings. It refers to the permanence of love, to love that always exists. Love between people does, however, seem incomplete and sometimes even transient. One has to work hard to keep it alive. So what is love and what is becoming accustomed to something because it feels safe? Is it love that we trust this new person called “us” when our own boundaries seem to be blurred and when we are the furthest away from each other?
Love Never Fails is part of the extensive Bears All Things project which the Rauhalas have been working on since 2013. Bears All Things documents everyday life and the renovation of an old house in wedding outfits. It includes a series of videos and photographs, installations as well as performances and recordings thereof. Different parts of the project have previously been on display at the Paikkari Performance Festival (2013), Forum Box (2014), Riga Art Space in Latvia (2016) and Galleria Lapinlahti (2016).
Check out short video documentation about the exhibition
The exhibition has been supported by Taike
3D printed sculpture
2016, Love Never Fails, Galleria Huuto, Helsinki, Finland