In 2014, Laatikko/Box was commissioned by the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Inspired by Pajunen’s research in the Finnish-American archives, Laatikko/Box is a work in stages that follows the personal and musical migration of the artist. Rather than an expected response to the archival material, Pajunen found the immigrant stories mimicked her personal journey of leaving a place of familiarity, a way of being.
SARA PAJUNEN IS A FISCAL YEAR 2015 RECIPIENT OF AN ARTISTS INITIATIVE GRANT FROM THE MINNESOTA STATE ARTS BOARD. THIS ACTIVITY IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE VOTERS OF MINNESOTA THROUGH A GRANT FROM THE MINNESOTA STATE ARTS BOARD, THANKS TO A LEGISLATIVE APPROPRIATION BY THE MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATURE; AND BY A GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.