Exhibitions at Kunsthalle Turku August 2.-25.2019

Posted on 29.7.2019

Vilma Pimenoff: Images of Women

Vilma Pimenoff’s exhibition ’Images of women’ focuses on looking, being looked at, and the gaze as a means of power. The still-life photographs and installation are made with material cut out from womens’ magazines and advertisements; smiling faces, shiny hair, painted nails…

By cutting, folding, and re-photographing this ordinary imagery, the artist creates new images, and also works on the collective mental images related to the subject presented in the image – the woman, and her many roles. When detaching the image from its original context, the advertisement, Pimenoff challenges both the image creator’s intentions, and also its consumer’s (the spectator’s) thoughts. The question here is: Who makes and defines the image of a woman? And who profits from it?

The power structures related to gender are visible in the media in a subtle yet direct way through particular stories and roles. According to semiotics a picture doesn’t lie, but it distorts (Barthes). A kind of distortion happens for example when only a certain type of imagery is continuously presented to the audience, validating and strengthening only the certain ideas about femininity and what is acceptable.

With their bizzarness the artworks in this exhibition are asking for new alternatives to the very narrow roles that women have in traditional and popular stories, for example in films and in advertising. The names of the artworks invite the viewer to imagine a new story for the fictional character in the artwork, a person who smiles and refuses to take seriously the traditional ‘pretty’ and ‘nice’ roles commonly reserved for women.

Vilma Pimenoff (b. 1980) often works with everyday objects and imagery from popular culture, and uses them as material to study different cultural conventions, their meaning, and the way the meaning is formed. Her artworks deal with how we understand the world around us through signs and symbols. By placing an object out of its assumed context, or altering its size, it can perhaps be seen in a new way. When presenting the familiar in an unexpected way, she questions the myths and stereotypes that the existing popular imagery represents and fortifies.

Vilma Pimenoff’s works have been shown at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, Moscow Multimedia Art Museum, Circulation(s) photography festival at Centquatre in Paris, and as giant prints on the walls of the Paris metro, as well as in galleries in Europe. She has received the Edit -editorial photographer of the year -prize for her work for the finnish Image -magazine.

Vilma Pimenoff holds a master’s degree in photography (LCC, University of the Arts London), and she lives and works currently in Helsinki.


Kaisu Koski – Simulated Patient

Simulated Patient exhibition consists of video works created during field trips to the University of Texas medical school. Medical studies use a wide range of simulations to prepare students to meet real patients. Simulated patients are people who have been trained to perform patients in different scenarios so that medical students can practice their clinical and interpersonal skills. The exhibition’s short films examine the tension between standardization and authenticity in the work of simulated patients. On the one hand, they must be able to reproduce the same patient scenario always in the same way so that each student will have the same learning opportunity, but on the other hand be able to improvise depending on the student’s behavior. Ideally a doctor-patient encounter is authentic and empathic, yet the interaction is also a highly structured simulation governed by clinical protocols and checklists. As part of this project, the artist-researcher has been trained in the work of a simulated patient, and she is developing performative ways of exploring how to play both the role of a simulated patient and a medical student.

Kaisu Koski (b. 1975) is a Finnish-born artist-researcher who lives and works in Netherlands. She holds a Doctor of Arts degree from University of Lapland. Kaisu Koski has published articles on arts-based research, medical education and bioethics. Her work has been exhibited in Europe, North America and Asia.


Suvi Nurmi / Ajattelehtija – The Wonderer

The Wonderer is a piece of site-specific sound art that sends its experiencer on a guided walking tour along the Aurajoki river. This piece draws from the peculiar details of urban environment that tend to go unnoticed and the sensations associated with them, allowing the hearer to experience them on site.
This piece aims to make the chain of associations stemming from memory visible, associations the smallest sensory experience or seemingly inconsequential sight can trigger in the human mind. As it progresses, this piece also leads the hearer to immerse themself in their own mind through prompts and questions.
Mp3-players and maps are handed out in exchange for a deposit at the Kunsthalle, which serves as the base for this piece. This essayistic piece of urban art is an ode to pausing, to sensitively observing one’s environment, and to cherishing one’s own sensations and memories.

Suvi Nurmi is a Helsinki-based artist whose medium is words. Her pieces are site-specific text installations, text-based sound art, or communal poetry workshops that typically form into a part of public space in the interaction of the space and its users. Nurmi achieved her Master’s degree in site- and situation-specific arts at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2011. She currently works as an independent artist while finishing up her degree in the Master’s program in literary studies at the University of Helsinki.
actors: Matilda Ahlsten ja Rebecca Clamp
Graphic design: Heli Konttinen
Translation: Ree Melanen