Der Tapir im Birkenwald. DLF Kultur. Production: Tina Klopp.
"Selfmade Life", that's how the Finnish term "Ite" – Itse Tehti Elämä – translates. Erkki Pirtola who died in January 2016, was obsessed with his life-long project to document on the self-taught artists populating the remote corners of Finland. He produced thousands of video tapes. I was told that a person working daily on Pirtola's archive would need up to 4 years just to catalogue the material.
Erkki died at the age of 65 – and very suddenly. The feature is my homage to this extraordinary artist and friend. Music: FX Schroeder et al.