Pilvi Takala (1981, Helsinki) & Siri Baggerman (1978, Tiel) responded with 'Swap With Siri' to Van Gogh's letter from 23 December 1881.
The work of the Finnish artist Pilvi Takala tends to involve unusual behaviour in everyday situations. She responds to a passage from Van Gogh’s letter about clothing he received that did not fit:
‘Because since I’ve been here Pa [...] more than once [has] bought a coat or trousers, for example, which I’d actually rather not have had, even though I really needed it.’
Giving and receiving make people dependent on each other. Takala’s video investigates this theme. Her friend Siri received two unwanted funeral insurance policies, one from each of her divorced parents. These ‘gifts’ led to an awkward and complicated situation.
Takala looked into ways of getting out of one of the policies, since Siri wasn’t planning to die twice.