I'm being provocative - or at least I am trying to be with the title of this post. Laitenin's work exposes ideas of possession as ridiculous. Possessing and 'owning' land, an identity or fixed identity at least, nationality, history, all of it. Subtly, subversively, unassumingly and humorously, Laitenin explores and potentially destroys it all in his projects which take the form of interrelated performances - sometimes taking place over many months, as in It's My Island where Laitinen built an island by manually stacking sandbags from the seabed up and finally planting a solitary tree on it - photographs and films.
You can see his work on NETTIE HORN'S site and even better in May when he will have a solo show there. I will definitely review the show so stay tuned.