2020 — London, UK
About this series
EHA is a series of portraits of my mother, portrayed in a series of unusual situations, poses and attire.
Eha was born in Estonia in 1950, moving to London with myself and my son, just before the dawn of the new millennium. Widowed, suffering from epilepsy and lacking great command of English, Eha stayed tightly involved in our lives. In 2015 Eha began to suffer from depression. Something had to be done. I came up with a plan to give her something new to focus on, beyond her new procession of doctor’s appointments and medications. The ‘EHA’ project was born.
The story is about therapy enacted through fantasy and imagination, where exhibitionist personae helped bring the real Eha back to the surface of life.
Originally from Estonia, Sirli has been living in the UK since 2004.
Sirli’s images span portraiture, landscapes and interiors, but portraiture – especially involving ambiguity via costume or displacement – is her heartland.
Sirli is a one-person production, style, hair and make-up, scene setting, producing intimate photographs that provoke contemplation, questioning, explorations of boundaries of people and spaces , always remaining playful.