Circus of Objects
When extraordinary meets ordinary/Changing perspectives
a project by Dasha Pears and Jenni Juurinen
Are you a juggler, clown or perhaps a trapeze artist? All people play multiple roles in life. Those roles seem to be very important and we do our best to play them right. We juggle and balance between being a great professional, partner, parent, friend, trying to solve problems, predict the future and be on time everywhere. Often we get overwhelmed by trying to be the best at everything and feeling guilty for not achieving it everywhere. We get lost in worries and lose connection with the essential things in life. However, sometimes the solution is simple and it only takes a change of perspective. How often have you looked back at some difficult situation in your life and realized that it wasn’t worth all the worry? From a bigger perspective, all those mind-built problems are nothing but a bunch of tiny pins thrown on a table.
The project attempts to remind viewers that we are all performers in the circus of our own life. On another level, it shows that our brain builds meanings and perspectives can change easily. Ordinary everyday objects can become meaningful when placed next to another image. Are the popcorn boxes just boxes or do they become two boys? How do you see the pins after seeing the photo of the joggler or vice versa? The magic happens not only in the circus but in our minds. Every single day.
About the Authors
Dasha Pears is an award-winning Russian conceptual photographer, currently based in Helsinki, Finland. She started her photographic path in 2011. Since then her images have been exhibited in Russia, France, Poland, Austria and Finland. Her work was also named among the winners of Best of Russia’15, had an honorable mention during Trierenberg Super Circuit 2017 and 2018 photography contests in Linz, Austria, and won a bronze medal during Prix de la Photographie Paris, 2018. Dasha’s photographs are used worldwide by companies like Trevillion, ArcAngel, plainpicture and Millennium Images, and can be found on covers of books published in Europe, the United States and South America.
Jenni Juurinen is a fashion stylist, interior stylist and set designer from Helsinki, Finland. She has worked as a stylist for Finnish magazines Glorian Koti, Moda and Deko and her editorial work has been widely published in magazines and books. She has also worked as a production designer for tv, theatre and commercials, clients including Finnair, Mc Donalds, Fosters and more.