Petrik Saarikko

17/02 - 28/03 2018

It’s been said that children speak the truth. Yet we may ask where this blind belief in the truth they supposedly provide us with originates from? Is it perhaps from the metaphysical aether of ideas? Is it from the Sirens in the seas of the unconscious, or from the dreamtime? Or is it perhaps simply from our own foolish unconditional love?

Indigenous cultures preserved the essence of their traditions in orally transmitted songs. We save it all in the cloud and ask for Siri. Aboriginals used songlines to navigate their arduous passages through endless deserts. African tribes used culling songs to defend themselves. They all sang their songs. We search the web.

But we still tell stories today. We sing karaoke, slam poetry and speak in metaphors. Russian fairy tales involved wise narrators who often took animal form and performed dramatic acts. These stories live on still, even among adults.

Lullabies is a project that delves into the dreams of today. In the autumn of 2016 a group of organisers worked around the clock with the children and pensioners of Saint Petersburg to generate a master lullaby that puts the whole wide world, or at least the city, into sleep.

Lullabies was created again by the children of Glenorchy, Tasmania, Australia, to give parents a break from watching TV and keep them away from slot machines. Another recent stop has been Mörbylånga community in Öland where local and migrant children came together to rock their brave, but exhausted, parents to sleep.