Forum Box Summer 2023 programme has now been published! Read more about the artists and the themes of the upcoming exhibitions from below. The more specific information about each exhibition will be updated during the Spring.
Mediabox: Jukka Silokunnas
2.6.–25.6.2023 Inka Bell Marianne Siri Mediabox: Artor Jesus Inkerö
This is the third year of Bærum Kunsthall’s Nordic look at curating. This year the jury consisted of Antti Oikarinen, Riikka Puronen and Vesa-Pekka Rannikko from Forum Box, and was led by Oda Broch from Bærum Kunsthall. Together they chose a total of 11 artists/artist groups to exhibit at Bærum Kunsthall in 2023.
The chosen artists/artist groups are: Sibylle Eimermacher, Qi Tan, Sissel Fredriksen, Samuel Brzeski, Miguel Rozas Balboa, Sanna Helena Berger, Jens Stegger Ledaal, Clara J:son Borg, Johan Urban Bergquist, Jonas Liveröd, and Gorjeoux Moon.
The first exhibitions opened on January 5th with Sibylle Eimermacher’s Antiomony and Qi Tan’s Cosmic Garden. Both exhibitions are on display until the 29th of January.
Forum Box spring 2024 exhibition program has been published! Read more about the artists and the upcoming exhibitions from below. More detailed information about the exhibitions will be updated on our website during the Spring.
Mediabox: Sini Pelkki
Mediabox: Pasi Autio
Mediabox: Leena Kela
ILYA ORLOV – God Out of a Washing Machine (Jumala pesukoneesta)
God Out of a Washing Machine is the first large solo exhibition by Helsinki-based artist Ilya Orlov, probably best known in Finland for his conceptualist re-enactment of the former Lenin museum-apartment in Hakaniemi in 2017, the Dadaist intervention into Seurasaari museum display in 2016, and internationally, for participating in Manifesta-10 in 2014, as well as, recently, co-founding and co-editing Shy Plumber, Anti-War Journal of Art and Anti-Art.
In Orlov’s new show, his trademark strategy of hacking traditional exhibition formats, toying with contemporary art clichés, and poeticising art administration jargon is pushed a little further. A solo exhibition looks like a group show of mutually incompatible artists; wall texts that normally explain the exhibits become exhibits themselves, to be explained by the works. Finally, the exhibition statement, instead of telling explicitly what it is all about, offers a piece of ‘international art English’ so convoluted that it makes one nostalgic about the clarity of e-flux announcements:
“Marrying Duchamp’s eroticist mechanics with forgotten baroque landscape painting; scrupulously recreating Malevich’s craquelures (only for the sake of switching on gravity in his weightless utopia); putting the artist’s own witticisms into the mouths of contemporary philosophers like Timothy Morton and Donna Haraway; planting inverted perspective of Byzantine icons into constructivist axonometry; and finally, turning Sol Lewitt’s cube into a ‘metaphysical washing machine’, the exhibition invites the viewer to look at culture and art itself through a psychedelic conceptualist kaleidoscope of sorts.”
The exhibition presents works in varied mediums, including painting, lithography, watercolour, kinetic sculpture, text, readymade, photography, assemblage, installation. The works are available for purchase via Forum Box. Half of the artist’s benefit from the works sold will be directed to charity organisations helping Ukrainian refugees.
Ilya Orlov (b. 1973) is an artist, theorist, journal editor, and Kuvataideakatemia doctoral researcher residing permanently in Finland since 2015. Orlov’s works have been shown as part of Manifesta 10 (2014). In 2018, Orlov was shortlisted for the Finnish Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale (in collaboration with Joanna Warsza, Minna Henriksson, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Ahmed Al-Nawas, Gianni Talamini). Orlov is co-editor of the independent international anti-war art journal Shy Plumber published in Finland (ISSN 2736-8203), presenting artists and writers from Finland and abroad holding a strong anti-war and anti-putinist stance.
Näyttelyssäni näkyvät valon synnyttämät ja värin energian muovaamat elävät muodot, maalauksen kielen kautta. Teokset ovat öljyvärimaalauksia kankaalle sekä värikynäpiirustuksia ja vesivärimaalauksia paperille.
Markus Konttinen (s. 1957) on toiminut kuvataiteilijana vuodesta 1978. Hänellä on ollut noin satakolmekymmentä yksityis- ja yhteisnäyttelyä yhteensä Suomessa ja ulkomailla vuodesta 1982 lähtien. Konttisen teoksia on kaikissa keskeisissä julkisissa kokoelmissa Suomessa ja sekä monissa suomalaisissa ja ulkomaisissa julkisissa ja yksityisissä kokoelmissa. Hän on valmistunut Taideyliopiston Kuvataideakatemiasta ja toiminut siellä myös lehtorina, professorina, vararehtorina, rehtorina ja dekaanina. Tunnustuksia: Vuoden Nuori Taitelija (Tampereen Taidemuseo), Pro Finlandia -mitali (Suomen Valtio), Taideyliopiston Kunniatohtori (honoris causa).
PEKKA NISKANEN & MOHAMED SLEIMAN LABAT – Nomadic Seeds
Photo: Sandstorm in Sahrawi refugee camp in Hamada Desert, Sahara by Mohamed Sleiman Labat
Small scale family gardens started to emerge in the Sahrawi refugee camps in the Hamada Desert, southwest Algeria around 2002. Leading figures in the process are Sahrawi agricultural engineers and gardeners who have been researching and developing the garden practices together with the families. The theories and practices have become rulebased knowledge in the community.
Gardens and agricultural knowledge are starting to change the food production for this community where dependency on international aid has been the case since the arrival of the Sahrawi to the refugee camps in 1975. Earlier the Sahrawi were pastoralist nomads in Western Sahara. Pekka Niskanen and Mohamed Sleiman Labat follow in their artistic research project the multi-layered story of phosphate in the Baltic region as well as in the Sahrawi Refugee camps in Hamada Desert. The project deals with phosphate and its effects on two vastly different environments. Phosphate from Western Sahara has ended up in the Baltic Sea to cause eutrophication.
Pekka Niskanen: In the previous research on “Family Gardens, an Emerging Discourse in the Sahrawi Community” Niskanen and Mohamed Sleiman Labat have observed the emergence of small scale family gardens in the Saharawi community in the Hamada Desert. The article appreciates how gardens and agricultural knowledge are starting to change people’s perception about food production and diet. Especially for this community where dependency on international aid has been the case since the arrival of the Saharawi to the refugee camps in Algeria in 1975. Niskanen was an artist in residence at Villa Lante at the end of summer 2022 invetigating community gardens in Rome.
Mohamed Sleiman Laba: Born and raised in the Sahrawi Refugee Camps southwest Algeria, my art draws upon the past and present life of the Sahrawi people. In 2015 I created Motif Art Studio after destructive floods in Samara Camp. The studio was built from the discarded materials and broken furniture. The studio organizes different art collaborations, interactive sessions and art talks. It also includes an experimental garden to grow vegetables and plants next to the studio. The garden provides some food for our family as well as an escape from the harsh desert hot environment. My art practice aims to address pressing social and environmental issues.
LEONOR RUIZ DUBROVIN
The exhibition will consist of oil paintings that will interlock to form installations. It will revolve around the notion of identity and will explore different concepts such uniqueness, sameness, alterity, alienation…
As a whole, the works will form a fictitious social scenario where different roles and idealized identities will interrelate with each other. Oil paintings of different dimensions will represent a series of scenes and portraits that will form a narrative unit that will go beyond the real, promoting the irrational and dreamlike.
My work is formed by the synthesis of a variety of dualities such as the representative and the suggestive, reality and fiction. The paintings collapse these antagonistic dichotomies that dialogue with each other in order to create alternative conceptual spaces.
Leonor Ruiz Dubrovin(b. 1978) lives and works in Helsinki. She graduated (MFA) from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2008 and has since then been exhibiting her work in collective and individual exhibitions in different galleries and museums in Finland, Spain, Austria, Denmark and Germany. Such as Taidesalonki Husa, Helsinki Art Museum, Korjaamo Galleria, Galleri Elverket (Pro Artibus Foundation), Finland, Galleri Heike Arndt in Berlin and Denmark, Galerie Toolbox, Berlin, Finnish Cultural Institute in Madrid and Espacio Alexandra, Santander, Spain. Her work has been acquired by several Public and Private collections in Finland and internationally such as the Jenny ja Antti Wihuri Foundation Collection, Pro Artibus Foundation Collection , Finnish State Art Deposit Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (deposition) of Päivi and Paavo Lipponen Trust’s Art Collection and the Finnish Art Society, Finland.
Jenni Hailin valokuvainstallaation Voyage Out lähtökohtana toimivat hänen iso-isotätinstä Fannyn ja isotätinsä Signen emigroitumismatkat Amerikkaan.
Fanny (s. 1894) oli kotoisin Suurperolta ja Säiniöstä Viipurin maalaiskunnasta. Hän muutti yksin 16-vuotiaana New Yorkiin, meni naimisiin ja työskenteli taloudenhoitajana, miehensä merillä.1930-lopulla hän muutti Kaliforniaan, avioitui vielä kahdesti, kunnes kuoli vuonna 1969 Fresnossa.
Signe (s. 1902) lähti täysin vastakkaiselta puolelta Suomea, länsirannikolta Kaskisista New Yorkin kautta Bostoniin 25-vuotiaana. Hän löysi aviomiehekseen ruotsalaisen Alfredin, jonka kanssa avioitui Manhattanilla. Myös Alfred työskenteli merillä. Heidän viimeisin asuinpaikkansa oli Malmössa Ruotsissa.
Installaation muodostamilla aikajanoilla Hailin kuvaamien kuvien rinnalle lomittuvat kuvat eri lähteistä: arkistoista, verkosta, kirjoista sekä tekoälyohjelmien luomat kuvat. Teoksen kuvat on vedostettu historiallisella märkälevyambrotypia-menetelmällä.
Jenni Haili (s. 1980) on Aalto yliopiston Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulun Valokuvataiteen koulutusohjelmasta valmistunut valokuvataiteilija. Keskeistä hänen tuotannossaan on piilottamisen ja esittämisen tematiikka, kuten myös valokuvahistoria niin tekniikoiden kuin sisältöjen kautta. Hailin teoksia on nähty useissa yksityis- ja ryhmänäyttelyissä Suomessa ja ulkomailla. Taiteellisen työn ohessa hän opettaa pääasiassa valokuvauksen analogisia menetelmiä Taideyliopiston Kuvataideakatemiassa Helsingissä.
Huhtikuussa Forum Box -galleriassa nähdään ja kuullaan Juuso Noronkosken, Tuomo Rainion ja Joonas Sirenin teoksia. Näyttely on taiteilijoiden yhteistyössä toteuttama kokonaisuus, jonka keskeisiä teemoja ovat erilaiset ajalliset kestot ja niiden havainnointi. Näyttelyssä hahmotellaan kuvaa maailmasta, joka rakentuu kappaleiden sijaan tapahtumista. Nopeat ja hitaat tapahtumat – digitaaliset generatiiviset prosessit, kemialliset valokuvat, kivi, vesi ja ääni – lomittuvat yhteen. Kerronnallisen, yhteen suuntaan etenevän aikakäsityksen sijaan, aikaa tarkastellaan kestojen välisten suhteiden kautta.
Juuso Noronkoski (s. 1983) on Helsingissä asuva ja toimiva kuvataiteilija, joka on valmistunut valokuvataiteen maisteriohjelmasta Aalto-yliopistosta vuonna 2015. Valokuvan, paikan sekä ajallisen keston välisellä suhteella on keskeinen rooli taiteilijan työskentelyssä. Noronkosken teokset ovat installaatioita, joissa hän yhdistelee valokuvaa, videota, ääntä, veistoksia sekä tekstikatkelmia. Noronkoski on pitänyt yksityisnäyttelyitä, Suomessa, Saksassa ja Japanissa. Hänen töitään on ollut esillä muun muassa Künstlerhaus Bethanienissä, Berliinissä, Loko Galleryssä, Tokiossa sekä galleria Sinnessä, Galerie Anhavalla, SIC galleriassa ja Hippolytessä, Helsingissä.
Tuomo Rainio (s. 1983) on helsinkiläinen kuvataiteilija, jonka työskentelyssä yhdistyy digitaalinen valokuva, video ja ohjelmointi. Hän on valmistunut Taiteen maisteriksi Valokuvataiteen koulutusohjelmasta Aalto-yliopistosta vuonna 2011. Rainio työskentelee taiteen ja teknologian lehtorina Taideyliopiston Kuvataideakatemiassa. Hänen teoksiaan on esitetty yksityis- ja ryhmänäyttelyissä Suomessa ja ulkomailla vuodesta 2005 alkaen. Viimeisimpänä hänen teoksiaan on ollut mukana Riga Photography Festivalilla vuonna 2020. Hänen teoksensa Untitled (Gravitational Waves) on koettavissa osana Nykytaiteen museo Kiasman ARS17+ Online Art verkkotaiteen kokoelmaa. Rainion teoksia on mm. Nykytaiteen museo Kiasman, Suomen valokuvataiteen museon sekä EMMA – Espoon modernin taiteen museon kokoelmissa, sekä Valtion taidekokoelmassa.
Joonas Siren (s. 1983) on helsinkiläinen ääni- ja mediataiteilija. Hän on valmistunut Kuvataideakatemiasta kuvataiteen maisteriksi tila-aikataiteen linjalta vuonna 2013 sekä Nordic Sound Art -maisteriohjelmasta vuonna 2012. Tärkeimpiä Sirenin näyttelyitä ja projekteja ovat mm: yhteisnäyttely “Toinen laji” Milka Luhtaniemen kanssa Forum Boxissa kesällä 2021, Nordic Sound Art -maisterinäyttely Roskilden nykytaidemuseo 2012, Kuvan kevät 2013, ääniteos Jussi Koitelan Skills of Economy –projektissa Kiasmassa 2016, OFF -performanssi-installaatio Tiivistämössä 2018 (yhteistyö Milka Luhtaniemen, Nicolina Stylianoun ja Elena Rekolan kanssa) sekä yksityisnäyttely “Softbed” Kosminen galleriassa 2019. Lisäksi hän tekee kokeellista elektronista tietokonemusiikkia Forces-nimellä, jolla on hän julkaissut lukuisia levyjä sekä remixejä eri kansainvälisillä elektronisen musiikin levy-yhtiöillä.
Last week while the gallery was on summer break, Forum Box organized an art camp for Ukrainian children and youth at the Annantalo Art Centre. The camp was organized together with Ukrainian Community Centre, All Our Children NGO, and the City of Helsinki. Ukrainian artist Maria Lenova and Forum Box member artists facilitated art workshops for the participants, in which they, for example, created collages, painted still-lives with charcoal and watercolors, and fabricated figurines from silk clay. On the last day of the camp the participants got to visit Kunsthalle and Helsinki Art Museum (HAM).
Forum Box’s autumn 2022 program has been released! More detailed information about each exhibition will be updated to our website during autumn.
The paintings in the exhibition iiris ≈ siiri pose questions about the facts of life. How a tree becomes a tree, how a flower becomes a flower? How and when did I become me? What does individuality or having a free will mean, when the development of our eyes and brains are dictated by our genes and affected constantly by our surroundings. We only see what our eyes are able to see. The world is filtered to us trough our eyes and bodies, which are shaped by the life lived. The emergence of a painting resembles humans’ orbicular being and traces of life materialize in them through a similar process.
Siiri Haarla (b. 1986) is visual artist based in Helsinki and Berlin. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki (MFA) in 2011 and from University of Helsinki (BA) in the faculty of Comparative Literature in 2020.
The Open Call for Bærum Kunsthall this year is a collaboration with Forum Box in Helsinki. The jury for 2023 is Antti Oikarinen, Riikka Puronen and Vesa-Pekka Rannikko from Forum Box and Oda Broch is leading the jury for BK.
This is the third year of Bærum Kunsthall’s Nordic look at curating. The BK jury for 2021 was Kling & Bang from Iceland and the BK program for 2022 was juried by A Kassen from Denmark. Now it’s time for a Finnish jury and Bærum Kunsthall is happy to announce the collaboration with Forum Box, one of Finlands eldest artist-run venues.
The international perspective on curating is innovating and fair. Jurying happens on different terms when the curators do not already know the artists and their story. Mixing up the backgrounds of the jury members ensures a fresh look at the Norwegian and Nordic art scene. A fair amount of the applications to Bærum Kunsthall’s open call arrive from outside of Norway and inviting various Nordic jury members makes us sure that Norway-based artists are juried fairly on equal terms as their international colleagues.
Application deadline is Monday April 25th! More info about applying can be found here.
LINNAMO PRIZE AWARDED FOR THE FIRST TIME – VISUAL ARTIST JAMES PREVETT SELECTED AS THE FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE AWARD
Press release 24 November 2021 6 p.m. | Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation and Forum Box cooperative
In collaboration with the Forum Box cooperative, Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation awards for the first time the Linnamo Prize, a new fine arts award worth 15 000 euros. The first prize is awarded to the Helsinki-based sculptor James Prevett (b.1977) in recognition of committed exploration in artistic practice. The award committee elaborates the selection as follows:
“The sculptor James Prevett’s art practice can be described as contemporary sculpture in a state of constant change. He embraces that which is going on around him and often the end result is something unpredictable and surprising. Instead of being limited to an embodied practice with materials, Prevett’s art combine elements of research and social action, focusing on situations, spaces and the people engaging in them. What resonates underneath all this is a profound fascination for the social significance of art, for that which is created by activating and engaging with one’s surroundings and its participants with a view to new and unfamiliar configurations of the everyday. By expanding both the spatial and the social reach of sculpture from the institutions of the art world towards the city space, the domestic realm, as well as the range of social media, James Prevett’s work has provided the field of contemporary sculpture in Finland with inspiring and invigorating new perspectives.”
JAMES PREVETT James Prevett is a British artist living and working in Helsinki since 2013. He creates things to gather around – objects, events, text, video that are often combined as sculpture. Prevett is interested in sculpture as means to explore the limits of minds and bodies, both personal and communal. His work draws on many influences from music to poetry to the histories of monuments. Prevett enjoys collaborating with other people, embracing the creativity and unpredictability that comes with making things together. He thinks everybody can and should ‘make’, and that this can bring unexpected beauty to the world.
Prevett has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally in countries such as Finland, Thailand, Singapore, USA, Austria and Brazil. He was part of a team of artists, musicians and architects selected to represent Great Britain at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2006. His ongoing series Patsastellaan: Parties for Public Sculpture invites artists to make something new for an existing public sculpture in Helsinki. He is currently a Sculpture Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.
The annual sales exhibition includes works by Gallery Forum Box member artists, including sculptures, photographs, graphics, paintings and media art.
All available artworks are on display here! You may reserve works through the webstore, further instructions available on the site!
Works for sale e.g. by the following artists:
Sampo Apajalahti, Petteri Cederberg (second from the left in the picture), Petri Eskelinen, Kaisaleena Halinen, Mika Hytti, Anita Jensen, Kirsi Jokelainen, Kaisu Koivisto, Arto Korhonen, Raakel Kuukka, Johanna Lecklin, Tiina Elina Nurminen, Thomas Nyqvist (first from the right), Eeva Peura, Pekka Pitkänen, Riikka Puronen, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko (second from the right), Satu Rautiainen (third from the left), Teemu Saukkonen, Joakim Sederholm, Antti Tanttu (far left on the picture), Kain Tapper, Nora Tapper, Fanny Tavastila, Tommi Toija, Pauliina Turakka Purhonen, Samppa Törmälehto, Kristiina Uusitalo, Ilona Valkonen, Timo Wright, Magdalena Åberg.
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The autumn program of Forum Box has been published! The new season is filled with versatile and high quality contemporary art by artists representing different art forms and generations.
The season opens with an international group exhibition, Companions, that is tied around London Feminist Library and combines art with activism. The year 2021 will close with Kaarlo Stauffer’s solo exhibition. In addition to the exhibitions in our main space, Mediabox is once again filled with contemporary media art, co-curated by AV-Arkki and Forum Box.
COMPANIONS Aug 20th – Sept 12th
Hanna Saarikoski / Kaija Hinkula / Minna Suoniemi Sept 17th – Oct 10th
Antti Oikarinen ja Jenni Eskola Oct 15th –Nov 7th
Christian Langenskiöld Nov 12th –Dec 5th
Kaarlo Stauffer Dec 10th –Jan 9th, 2022
Sasha Huber: The Firsts – Edmonia Lewis Aug 20th – Sept 12th
Aino Aksenja: Small town girl Sept 17th –Oct 10th
Nina-Maria Oförsagd: Arrangement non-existent Oct 15th – Nov 7th
Ewa Górzna & Katarzyna Miron: Surround (Working title) Nov 12th –Dec 5th
Jan Ijäs: Belgrade Forest Incident …and What Happened to Mr.K? Dec 10th – Jan 9th, 2022
Introducing our Artists is a new series for presenting the fantastic member artists of our cooperative that was founded over 25 years ago! There are now over a hundred members in the cooperative, representing several generations and genres of top-notch artists.
The first artist to be introduced is visual artist Kaisu Koivisto and her latest installation Siirrettävä monumentti.
At the heart of Kaisu Koivisto’s work are the special features of the northern landscape and changes in societies.The surprising combinations of subject and material are characteristic of Koivisto’s works, in which she reflects on the interfaces between nature, technology and culture.Kaisu Koivisto’s works have been exhibited e.g.in the following places : Kiasma (Helsinki), Aboa Vetus&Ars Nova -museum (Turku), Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid), PS 1 (New York), Estonian Art Museum Kumu (Tallinn), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Porin taidemuseo, Galleria Sculptor, Forum Box.
Kaisu Koivisto: Siirrettävä monumentti
Installation (textile, security fences), 2021.
250 x 450 cm
I follow the news of the world closely.Protest movements are demolishing monuments that are offensive from the perspective of our time.Some are protesting for democracy, others for other issues.The unifying factor is the security fences that restrict or attempt to restrict the movement of people.Siirrettävä monumentti (Movable Monument) is an idea of a peaceful monument that can be moved from one place to another.The textile part of the work folds softly over the structure I made of security fences into a tent-like shape.
Forum Box is open as usual Tue–Sun from 12 to 5pm. We limit the amount of visitors in our 300m² gallery space to a maximum of 6 people at a time. We kindly ask you to wear a face mask and keep a 2 meter distance to our other visitors as well as our staff. We take thorough care of the hygiene of surfaces. Welcome to enjoy art safely!
The first stage of the art competition Taidetta Jätkälle – Art for the Port has ended. We want to warmly thank all the participants!
We received 93 proposals, and the jury selected 5 of them to the second stage. The participants who were selected to the second stage have been informed personally. The winners of the competition will be published on Forum Box’s website at the latest in August 2021.
The address for submitting proposals has changed. Please see the competition plan.
The open competition Taidetta Jätkälle (“Art for the port”) in two parts seeks a public artwork for the port area in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki. The competition started on 28 August 2020 and ends on 4 June 2021. The aim of the competition is to find a site-specific artwork that reflects the identity of Jätkäsaari.
The first questions and answers concerning the Taidetta Jätkälle – Art for the Port public art competition have now been published. We are still open for more questions!
See the Questions and Answers as well as general information concerning the competition here.
The first phase of the competition started 28 August 2020 and it will last until 20 January 2021. The participants must ask their questions concerning the first phase by 15 November 2020 via email to the contact person of the competition: Virpi Näsänen, virpi.nasanen[at]forumbox.fi. The questions will be answered on Art for the Port -page of Forum Box’ website as soon as possible, however, no later than 1 December 2020.
Forum Box is an artist-driven actor that values freedom of the arts, communality and diversity. We strive to develop our activities so that they would meet our values even better, and thus observe the impact of our activities on our society.
One tool for measuring the observations on our activities is our equality plan that was approved in August 2020 by the Board of Cooperative Forum Box. The goal of the plan is to monitor and promote the realisation of equality in both internal and external activities of the cooperative and the gallery.
The plan is used for monitoring how equality is being promoted in the following sections in our activities:
accessibility of the gallery
an equal work community
non-discrimination in communication
non-discrimination in our membership activities
equality and diversity in our calls for entries and in the Forum Box program
Read more about our equality plan and its goals here.
As we want to reach better Swedish-speaking friends of art, we have published our web page in Swedish! Go to the Swedish version of our website by clicking the SV link in the left hand side of the main page or directly from here. Välkommen!
The Water of Life exhibition presents works of five contemporary Finnish artists. They are Petteri Cederberg, Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Hermanni Saarinen, Kristiina Uusitalo and Ilona Valkonen. The name of the exhibition, Water of Life (Aqua vitae), can refer to different things: e.g. the Book of Revelation, the fairytale of Brothers Grimm, distilled spirit and the Fountain of Youth. It can be mystical and spiritual, or very matter of fact and mundane. The choice of approach is yours.
The exhibition is a continuation of the co-operation between Forum Box and Kling & Bang. In 2016 the Pro Artibus Foundation organised an exhibition called By Water in Finland and exhibited works of 14 Icelandic artists. One of the venues were Forum Box. Forum Box is an artist driven gallery space and an artistic collective which has been active from 1996. The very idea of Forum Box is to create a forum for all arts and artists.
The exhibition shows the diversity of Forum Box artists and also the variations on how to treat the exhibition theme. The artists treat the theme in various ways which make clear how Water of Life can be seen from sublime or from carnivalesque perspectives. This diversity creates a parallel to the Forum Box activity which combines artistic practice with ordinary tasks.
Petteri Cederberg (b. 1976) works with different mediums, paintings, drawings, animations and installations. His piece in the exhibition is Median life and / or death (2019). The piece is a good example of Cederberg’s oeuvre. His works are dream-like or some kind of apparitions. He mixes both geometrical and organic forms which start out as abstract but turn into figurative. Cederberg turns animation into an uncanny, but at the same time humorous experience.
Vesa-Pekka Rannikko’s (b. 1968) Fall (2020) is about the contact between human and nature, and between the sacred and profane. The work is a drawn animation which is projected on paper, which hangs on an installation structure. Fall outlines the transit area of the narrative, open up a no man’s land between words and drawings and the content they represent. Rannikko works with installations and sculptures which create associations to nature, materiality, society and human experience.
Hermanni Saarinen (b. 1979) creates sculptural installations which can combine readymades or be made of wood. His installations create a sense of wonder by the unusual combinations of materials and forms. In a way he creates a piece of art in the form of scenography, which turns the exhibition place into a presentation. Simultaneously, presentation and representation initiate a dialogue.
Kristiina Uusitalo (b. 1959) has been active in the Finnish art scene from the early 1980’s. Her paintings are quite often related to experiences in nature. Her concern of plastic pollution in our seas has become a part of her work and has created a series of painting which can be related to the micro flakes but also to light and the sublime. In her works, she shows how painting can refer to aesthetics, ethics and politics, and comment on both todays environmental crisis and have art historical references.
Ilona Valkonen (b. 1980) is a Finnish visual artist who works in both traditional and experimental ways. She has been exhibiting paintings but is most well-known for a performance piece called Vieno Motors. In Vieno Motors the participating artists turn the audience into living sculptures by dressing them in flowers and other materials, subsequently turning them into human flower bouquets. In Water of Life Valkonen exhibits an installation version of her performance. The performance is carried out during the opening of the exhibition.
Juha-Heikki Tihinen works as a curator at the Pro Artibus Foundation. He is a PhD in art history from the University of Helsinki (2008). Tihinen has been working as a curator, critic, researcher, teacher and writer from the late 1990s.
Land Beyond the Sea 25th of January to 5th of April, 2020
The exhibition Land Beyond the Sea is on view at The Nordic House in Reykjavik January 25th to April 5th, 2020. The exhibition is produced by the Pro Artibus Foundation and is curated by the foundations curator Juha-Heikki Tihinen. The group exhibition features five Finnish artists: Erik Creutziger, Marjo Levlin, Carl Sebastian Lindberg, Susanna Majuri and Pauliina Turakka Purhonen.
The Following Artists Will Show Their Work in Mediabox in 2020:
Nina Lassila, Rita Jokiranta, Jarkko Räsänen, Risto-Pekka Blom, Benjamin Orlow, Seppo Renvall, Anna Nykyri ja Alisa Javits.
The works of art have been selected by Pro Artibus’ Director Nina Toppila.
This year in Mediabox starts on the 27th of March with Nina Lassila’s Verket (Laitos, The Plant).
Mediabox is a space for media art located in gallery Forum Box. The space is offered and the annual programme is planned as a collaboration between Forum Box and AV-arkki. In collaboration with AV-arkki we curate a programme of a selection of the newest media-art. Mediabox operates as one of the main channels for media-art. Read more about the collaboration of AV-arkki and Forum Box here.
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