Art Exhibition in Köln

On September 30 2017 the art exhibition 100 Jahre Finnland – Identity und Bewusstsein opened at The Altes Pfandhaus in Köln, Germany. I was one among 11 artists who participated in the show. The works were either related to Finland, or the artists had a background in the country. The artists were: Volkmar Ernst, Silke Haase, Eeva-Kaisa und Magdaleena Jakkila, Jaakko Heikkilä, Lala Nomada, Rauno Salminen, Jürgen Umlauff, Robert Willim, Jussi Valtakari, Antti Ylönen. Some events were also arranged, like a literature reading by Matti Mäkelä (writer) and a sensory walk by Helmi Järviluoma (sound, music, and cultural scholar and Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Eastern Finland).

The techniques of the different works included in the exhibition ranged from large-scale photography to miniature wooden sculptures. It was uplifting and inspiring to set-up works as well as to walk around and enjoy all the different works. I enjoy shows that are not “over-curated”, where you find place for creative friction between works and room for thought-provoking juxtapositions.

I showed works from the series, Selkonen and In Praise of Other Places, as well as the installation Give Voice – At Hand. The exhibition as well as my own works was well-received, and I had a really great time in Köln! A big thanks to everyone who made this happen.

Here are PDF’s describing the three works I showed:

Selkonen

In Praise of Other Places

Give Voice – At Hand.

 

Here is a text in German about the exhibition:

Am 6. Dezember 2017 feiert Finnland 100 Jahre Unabhängigkeit (1917-2017). Anlässlich dieses Jubiläums zeigen Künstler verschiedener europäischer Länder aus den Bereichen Bildende Kunst, Bildhauerei, Fotografie, Grafik, Installation, Neue Medien und Performance Arbeiten zum Thema „100 Jahre Finnland – Identität und Bewusstsein”. Wissenschaftliche Ansätze wie in Sensory Walk und eine Literaturlesung ergänzen die Ausstellung.

Teilnehmende Künstler/Innen und andere Mitwirkende:

Aus Finnland: Jaakko Heikkilä (Fotografie), Magdaleena Jakkila (Malerei-Video), Eeva-Kaisa Jakkila (Malerei), Rauno Salminen (Grafik), Jussi Valtakari (Bildhauerei), Antti Ylönen (Bildhauerei), Helmi Järviluoma (Sensory Walk) und Matti Mäkelä (Literaturlesung).

Aus Frankreich: der deutsch-französische Künstler Volkmar Ernst (Malerei)

Aus Österreich: die mexikanisch-deutsche Künstlerin Lala Nomada (Performance-Video)

Aus Schweden: Robert Willim (Fotografie und Neue Medien)

Aus Deutschland: Silke Haase (Grafik-Installation) und Jürgen Umlauff (Malerei-Video)

Verantwortlich für Idee, Konzept* und Organisation: Silke Haase, Eeva-Kaisa Jakkila, Kaisa Kerätär,
Jussi Valtakari und Jürgen Umlauff.

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