Born into the Sauna
Parta (Teuvo Mecklin), the character of my second sauna film lives in Pispala, a district of the city Tampere in Finland. He is now 83 years old and was born in a Sauna. His regular sauna sessions are an integral part of his live. Two times a week, every Wednesday and Saturday, he is heating the Sauna in his garden. While preparing the Sauna and during a later bath he is telling his story and giving insight in his personal memories, his sauna ritual, his relation with the sauna and the value it has in his daily life. Sauna is a spiritual place for him deeply rooted in finish culture. He was not only born in a Sauna, but also into the Sauna culture itself.
The film was part of my my third exhibition about sauna culture "Saunassa Syntyneet / Born in the Sauna" in 2017. For this exhibition I have interviewed, photographed and filmed Finns who were born in Sauna in Finland during the last 100 years documenting their memories between birth and death.