8th Turku Biennial

Minna Suoniemi

17 November – 17 December 2017

Minna Suoniemi: Tongs (Pihdit) from the Series Practical Ecology, 2017, 41 x 28 cm, framed pigment print on aluminium, edition 1/5 + 2 ap

The 8th Turku Biennial is undertaken by 16 top of the line artists working in Finland. The exhibition is displayed in two locations, the museum Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova as well as Turku Artists’ Association’s Gallery Å.

During the 8th Turku Biennial art works of the three biennial artists will be on display in Gallery Å. The first exhibition showcases Minna Suoniemi‘s works.

Minna Suoniemi photographs inventions made by her father from things and objects that have fallen into disuse. She often names her works according to the original object: a hand truck, for example, is made of components of a backpack and a draining rack, and a luxurious bird table is made of a landscape painting. The artist has photographed these imaginative and even impractical inventions in a studio environment as if they were consumer products. The photographs and videos feature the figure of some kind of mad inventor and themes of ecology.

The exhibition was supported by the National Council for Audiovisual Art/Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

The exhibition opening is on Thursday 16 November at 6 pm, welcome!

8th Turku Biennial -guided tour Sat 2nd December
A guided tour (in Finnish) with the biennial artists Hanna Vihriälä and Minna Suoniemi on Saturday 2nd December at 12.15 pm. The guided tour starts from Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and continues to Gallery Å.

Turku Biennial in Gallery Å:
17 November – 17 December 2017 Minna Suoniemi
22 December 2017 – 28 January 2018 Simo Ripatti
2 February – 4 March 2018 Reija Meriläinen

The artists showcased in Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova are Anna Estarriola, Teemu Korpela, Riikka Kuoppala, Juha Mäki-Jussila, Pekka Niskanen, Tuula Närhinen, Anssi Pulkkinen, Minna Rainio & Mark Roberts, Päivi Takala, Nora Tapper, Nita Vera and Hanna Vihriälä.

The recipient of the Biennial Prize will be selected by the Editor in Chief of Turun Sanomat, Riitta Monto. The winner will be announced in February 2018.

Gallery Å’s opening hours: Tue-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-16. The gallery is closed on Mondays and on the independence day 6th December 2017.