Exhibitions at Kunsthalle Turku 4.-27.10.2019

Posted on 1.10.2019

Welcome to the opening of exhibitions in the presence of the artists Thursday 3 October from 6 to 8 pm.

Kaisu Koivisto: Afrikanda – On Machines and Devices

Kaisu Koivisto utilises a historical and scenic perspective to photograph locations destined to fade into oblivion as the focal points of world politics and economy move elsewhere. These post-industrial landscapes feature buildings and objects that have lost their purpose and are now slowly crumbling away and disappearing. The central themes in her pieces include the marks left by human activity in the landscape, the utilisation of natural resources, and technology. The exhibition consists of photographs, sculptures and video installations inspired by visits to the abandoned Afrikanda air base located in the Kola Peninsula of Russia.

Kaisu Koivisto (1962) has become well-known for her sculptures, installations and photographs celebrating the particular identity and transformations of the northern landscape. Surprising combinations of subject matter and material are characteristic of Koivisto’s pieces where she explores the boundaries between nature and culture. Kaisu Koivisto’s artwork has been exhibited both in Finland and abroad.

Aimo Hyvärinen and David Chapman: Art as Problematic Waste

This documentary video triptych and documentary film explores the fates and problems of art. Lots of art everywhere – it can be a problem too. When an artist dies, his studio is full with old artworks and even when alive some of the works need a lot of space. Where can we put all these probably interesting works? Museums cannot and will not take it all, and you cannot sell even good art easily.

Art as Problematic Waste looks into the other side of art with sensitive eyes and ears, we follow some cases and make new art from these stories. The work honours the experience of art while following the problematic ways of just too many physical works of art. The work participates in the discussion about the changes in art paradigm and shows us a fresh perspective.

During their long careers, the artists behind the video and audio installation, media artist Aimo Hyvärinen (M.A.) and sound artist David Chapman (PhD), have set up wide artistic networks and learned about the issues of art content and distribution.