MAIN EXHIBITION SPACE
May 17th – August 13th, 2017
Sasha Huber. Agassiz: The Mixed Traces Series. Somatological Triptych of Sasha Huber IV, Agassiz Range, New Zealand, 2015
It is difficult today to speak of a cohesive Nordic art scene, or national scenes for that matter, even in the relatively small countries that comprise the Nordic region. But still we do every now and then.
For «Nordic Delights» the curators have discussed the concept of the Nordic region, as well as each country’s different art scenes from the 1990s onwards. What we have observed is that the art scenes, once they are represented nationally and in group exhibitions, still tend toward homogeneity.
We all have our own opinions of what Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or Finnish contemporary art is. The best example of a cohesive representation of Nordic art is probably the Nordic Pavilion in the Giardini in Venice, designed in 1962 by the Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn. The pavilion is Swedish-Finnish-Norwegian state property; each country owns one third. Every other year you can see Nordic architecture, or contemporary art as part of the Venice Biennale. But even here, we observe, Denmark and Iceland have their own pavilions next to the Nordic. How the Faroe Islands and Greenland are dealt with is unspoken. The system of pavilions in the Giardini represents colonialism and post-colonialism in the global context.
Group exhibitions, wherein artists are lumped together on the basis of domestic origin, are problematic. They often leave a bad aftertaste. While at the same time they constitute a sort of sample of what occupies a certain art scene during a certain period or time.
«Nordic Delights» can be seen as an attempt to break the homogeneity. The artists included in the exhibition all live and work in the Nordic countries yet most of them have their roots elsewhere. This time it is the so-called minorities who are in the majority rather than the reverse, which is most common.
Artists: Dejan Antonijević, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Nermin Duraković, Michelle Eistrup, Behzad Farazollahi, Anawana Haloba, Sasha Huber, Jane Jin Kaisen, Henrik Lund Jørgensen, Bita Razavi, Bella Rune, Nita Vera, Adolfo Vera, Carla Zaccagnini
Curators: Marianne Hultman, Kristine Kern, Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger.
Nordic Delights is organized in collaboration between Oslo Kunstforening, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki and Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden.
Heikki Willamo: The Mythical Journey
May 17th – August 13th, 2017
Heikki Willamo has photographed Nordic landscapes and nature – its flora and fauna alike – for over three decades.
In his photographs he takes the viewer back to an imaginary and mythical time, a time before the construction of civilizations and their boundaries. Willamo places his photographs as a part of a millennia-old continuum of pictures of animals, they become inner images and visions, echoing myths and dreams where the animals take on different, almost shamanistic, meanings.
The exhibition is comprised of Willamo’s black and white photography, and contains a video of the artist made by Perttu Saksa.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the Finnish Museum of Photography and Salo Art Museum.
Tanja Konstenius: Confirmation
June 2nd – August 20th, 2017
Confirmation (lat. confirmare) means to strengthen, reinforce, consolidate. For many Finnish youths, confirmation also means the ending ritual to confirmation classes.
Tanja Konstenius’ video installation, comprised of portraits in motion, is a representation of the Christian confirmation, and explores the phenomenon as a rite of passage. She examines how transition and change happen in front of the camera – how portraiture becomes a manifesto for change.
Tanja Konstenius (b. 1982) is an Amsterdam based photographer, who mainly works with photography and video portraiture. Her works often explore themes related to human identity.
Lorenzo Servi: Art Is Everywhere: Helsinki
August 24th – October 29th, 2017
There are wonders and beauty all around us, but do we really see it?
The exhibition Art Is Everywhere: Helsinki by Lorenzo Servi (alias SerraGlia) is a photo-series of objects, colours, shapes, and parts of the urban landscape that normally go unnoticed. Each image carries a story, revealing the unexpected in everyday life in Helsinki.
Truly blurring the boundary between what is framed and what is not, the exhibition invites the viewers to explore the city with new eyes, to visit and observe the city from an alternative, more curious point of view.
Part of the series has been recently published in the book, Art Is Everywhere: How to Really Look at Things.
Lorenzo Servi (b.1979) is an Italian-born architect, visual artist and designer domiciled in Finland. He is constantly researching and analysing issues in everyday life and built environments. Servi has been a part of several group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, among others in the Finnish Museum of Architecture.
Sofia Okkonen: Rose
November 3rd, 2017 – January 2018
”The woman does not speak, she is spoken of. The woman knows herself only through what is said of her. The woman only exists in relation to being desired by her audience. The woman does not dream of anything, but the perception her audience has of her.”
Rose by Sofia Okkonen is a photographic foreplay and profile of a woman. It presents a woman isolated in a studio, posing for a camera. The model is like an amateur actor, who gets the script just as she arrives in front of the casting directors.
The photographs are loaded with a tension, born from the discrepancy between the physical presence and the emotional absence of the model. The woman is simultaneously inviting and rejecting the gaze.
The works pose sensitive questions about how the need to be seen correlates with the need to hide, how lust correlates with fear, the natural with the artificial or the banal with the sublime. How does a woman perform femininity, and to what consequences?
Sofia Okkonen (b.1987) is a fine art photographer based in Helsinki, Finland. Okkonen is currently completing her MA studies in fine art photography in Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. In her works she explores the masquerade of beauty and femininity. Along with her art practices she is specialized in fashion photography. On one hand the ideals of beauty ever-present in fashion photography provoke her, on the other hand she is inspired by the roleplay, masks and fantasies they provide.
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