The Stories of Migration
Premiere December 2017 | Vaba Lava, Estonia
Produced by: Kaspart Kast
Interview support: Laura Jamsja, Terje Tamm
Thank you: Anu Juurma-Saks
A performative installation on staying.
THE STORIES OF MIGRATION is a performative installation about people who decided not to leave their country when their family members and people closest to them had decided to emigrate towards better economic and political conditions.
Placed into different public squares, the faceless illuminated figures play back the monologues of people who deem themselves as stubborn, patriotic and nostalgic for a home they’ve never had. These stories create a portrait of a post-Soviet country going through the struggles of finding its identity in the first two decades after regaining independence.
Lehtna’s interest in the transformation of her own country that went through the biggest wave of emigration after the second World War between the years 2011-2013 marks the point of departure for this work. The presence of the figures in the public space is used to enter a dialogue about identity, absence and home.