The Helsinki School artists Eeva Karhu, Tanja Koljonen and Nelli Palomäki are having a group show titled The Helsinki School - A Female View at Galleri Brandstrup in Oslo.
Arno Minkkinen and Niko Luoma are having a duo show at Galerie Valérie Bach in Brussels. In 2009, Galerie Valérie Bach organised a solo show with the Finnish photographer Arno Rafael Minkkinen. For his second exhibition at the gallery, they propose a Finnish duo, comparing Minkkinen´s black and white self-portraits to his Finnish colleague Niko Luoma´s abstract compositions. Both artists are certain at one thing: it is about pure photography; what the lens sees is what the photograph becomes. Nothing more. No tricks.
Nov 2013-Jan 2014
Gallery Taik Persons is pleased to present Niko Luoma’s new solo exhibition in Berlin: No Debris, No Ruin. Niko Luoma is concerned, ultimately, not with "what is in front of the camera", but "what is inside of it". Focusing on the process as content, his works, based on a calculated, analogue technique of exposing a single negative to lines of light up to hundreds and even thousands of times, delve into the intrinsic qualities of the photographic medium itself.
The Helsinki School artists Tuomo Rainio takes part in a group show titled "EMERGING 2013" at Galerie Anhava in Helsinki.
The Helsinki School artists Ulla Jokisalo and Jyrki Parantainen take part in a group show titled Thread and Paper at Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, in Vaasa. Kuntsi Museum of Modern art organizes an international group exhibition from October 2013 until January 2014. The exhibition presents Finnish and European visual artists working with photography, video art or paper art. The element of thread / paper is incorporated in each work as a material or as a symbol bearing different meanings. Unexpected ways of mixing different elements give shape to a variety of works with tangible form and staggering visuals. The exhibition will feature photographic works, video art and installations as well as paper cutouts.
In the exhibition, artists Tristan Cai and Milja Laurila launch an inquiry into overlapping themes of memory and death culminating into biographical narratives. Working across diverse mediums of photography, sculpture and text, their distinct approaches and motivations weave an intriguing dialogue about critical nostalgia and its devices, which extend beyond the boundaries of personal histories into our immediate social environments. The exhibition is a parallel event of the Singapore Biennale 2013.
Sep 2013-Jan 2014
The Helsinki School artists Elina Brotherus, Hannu Karjalainen and Jaana Maijala are shown in an exhibition of works from the Kiasma collection titled "Kiasma hits".
The Kiasma Hits exhibition pays tribute to the 15-year-old museum and to contemporary Finnish art. The show includes impressive art by nearly 50 artists. The “hits” selected from Kiasma´s collections lead us to the very foundations of contemporary art. Kiasma Hits is a review of Kiasma´s collections and of the history of Finnish contemporary art.
The logic of the irrational is based on his assumption of their mutually inclusive relationship in that "rational experiments can result in the discovery of something irrational". Rikala´s ultimate incentive is to transcend the limitations of human reason and intellect, and in turn conceive and make graspable that what we, on this side, feel is the unthinkable, unimaginable beyond of incommensurable space.
- Shao-lan Hertel
The Helsinki School artists Milja Laurila and Maarti Hohteri take part in a summer group show titled Greatest of all is Love? at Wäinö Aaltonen Museum in Turku.
Falling in love steers relationships and opinions, love pushes us in different directions – or is forever. The exhibition Greatest of all is Love? is featuring reflections on love from 12 different artists. The oldest pieces on display are from the late 1990s, while the newest were just completed in spring 2013.
Maanantai Collective is a group of young artists from the Aalto University – School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Members of the group are:
Anne Golaz, Jonna Kina, Tanja Koljonen , Jaana Maijala , Juuso Noronkoski, Mikko Rikala , Maija Savolainen , Anne Yli-Ikkelä
In August 2012, the group travelled together to the Norwegian Lofoten Islands, where the Nine Nameless Mountains became their story:
“We wanted to explore and undermine the mythical position of the author in art and to find new approaches to our photographic expression. Our trip to the Lofoten Islands meant a successful rejection of the idea of the artistic creation being an individual effort. Instead, we relied on cooperation and openly sharing ideas. The idea was: if you are bold or stupid enough to lose yourself, you may end up finding something that you did not even think to look for.”
The photography book, Nine Nameless Mountains, will be published on 3 June 2013 by Kehrer Verlag. Nine Nameless Mountains will also be exhibited at the Alt+1000 photography festival in Rossinière, Switzerland, in July 2013.
The well-known series "Roma Journeys" by Joakim Eskildsen is now being exhibited at May Photography at MIS 2014, Museum of Image and sound in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The two Nordic galleries, Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Edition and Gallery Taik Persons, are thrilled to announce that they are joining forces in a shared exhibition space in Berlin.
For their opening shows during Berlin’s Gallery Weekend, Niels Borch Jensen will present print works by Tacita Dean and Olafur Eliasson while Gallery Taik Persons will show works by the Helsinki School artist Nelli Palomäki who recently showed her work in major solo exhibitions at Ordrupgaard in Denmark (alongside Mary Cassatt) and at the Finnish Museum of Photography, and whose book Breathing the Same Air just was released in February at the renowned publishing house Hatje Cantz.
Gallery TAIK is thrilled to present a first insight to Joakim Eskildsen's most recent series American Realities (2011) and Home Works (in progress since 2005) in Berlin. These series represent two different approaches in Eskildsen's work. While American Realities was initiated through a project with TIME Magazine and took less than a year to complete, Home Works is again one of the artist's long-term projects, like his well-known body of work The Roma Journeys.
The Woman Who Married a Horse is a story about our longing to control something stronger than ourselves, told in the form of photographs and video. The young women so prevalent in Wilma Hurskainen’s photographic art are now sharing their twisted realities with horses.
In art, the horse is a symbol that does not seem to wear out with time; it rather seems to defy definitions. In her images, Hurskainen borrows horse stories from girls’ books and folklore. The entity tells about the ability of the photograph to operate with shards of our visual world and still create something surpassing the commonplace, something dream-like.
The working group of the exhibition Museum of Instability consists of five artists, four writers and a curator. The Artists Milja Laurila, Teemu Lehmusruusu, Ida Palojärvi ja Sakari Tervo have created new works for the exhibition. Researchers Eva Maria Korsisaari, Irma Luhta, Maija-Liisa Rönkkö and Heikki Vuorinen deal with the appearance of instability in their writings that are linked to their own areas of expertise and their scientific research processes at large. Anna Virtanen has curated the exhibition.
The Helsinki School artist Tuomo Raino (b. 1983) is presented in a solo exhibition entitled The Reconfigured Image at The Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki, Finland.
In his new works, the visual artist Tuomo Rainio explores the relationship between image and space. Rainio's works use as materials direct photographs, video, and computer programs of his own devising, as he discusses how insights gained in the bit-based space of digital photography can be captured in material form.
The exhibition will look at the various stages in Rainio's working process. The artist's notes, sketches and diagrams will concretely illustrate the technical and conceptual dimension of the works.
The Helsinki School artist Ville Lenkkeri (b. 1972) is presented in a solo exhibition entitled Distorted Shadows at the Breadfield Gallery in Malmö, Sweden.
In this exhibition there are pictures gathered from several of Lenkkeri’s projects over the last ten or so years, dealing with the subjectively altered processes of representation. Sometimes reality turns into ridicule, sometimes it takes a form that is invisible to the senses, and sometimes the truth is playfully enhanced by the means of fiction and deliberate misunderstanding. For Lenkkeri the relation between the world and its image is not only problematic but also liberating, challenging and fascinating.
Gallery TAIK is thrilled to showcase works from the Finnish photographer Tiina Itkonen for the exhibition opening on February 15, 2013. The title of the exhibition refers to the artist´s search for her own "Ultima Thule", a term used to describe the concept of a place outside of the "borders of the known world", specifically in the Far North.
This spring, Ordrupgaard presents the exhibition "Nelli Palomäki – Breathing the Same Air" as the first solo exhibition by the artist in Denmark. Thus, the Danish public will have the opportunity to experience Nelli Palomäki's intense black and white portraits, which renders a return to the photography aesthetics of an earlier era with a unique beauty; conservative and rebellious at once.
Nelli Palomäki's second monograph "Breathing the Same Air" will be released in association with the exhibition by the renowned publishing house Hatje Cantz.
Co-curated by Timothy Persons, the curator of Gallery TAIK, and ASF consulting curator Pari Stave, the exhibition brings together over 40 recent works by nine of the Helsinki School´s early to mid-career artists, of both emerging and international caliber: Pasi Autio, Joakim Eskildsen, Tiina Itkonen, Hannu Karjalainen, Kalle Kataila, Anni Leppälä, Niko Luoma, Riitta Päiväläinen, and Mikko Sinervo.
Aalto University – School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, the Finnish Embassy in Berlin and Gallery TAIK are proud to present a group exhibition with five of the most promising artists from the very young generation of the Helsinki School: Eeva Hannula, Jaana Maijala, Tanja Koljonen, Nelli Palomäki, and Maija Savolainen. The opening reception of the exhibition, entitled At the End of the Rainbow, will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 7–9pm
Nelli Palomäki's work will be presented in a comprehensive solo exhibition at the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki.
In the spring season, the Finnish Museum of Photography will present the first comprehensive overview of the works of the photographic artist Nelli Palomäki (b. 1981). Palomäki has, in recent years, made a breakthrough both in Finland and internationally with her classically beautiful and magically moving portraits. The pieces to be exhibited include both the audience favourites and new intimate and delicate works.
The exhibition will coincide with the publication of a book, published by Hatje Cantz and entitled Nelli Palomäki: Breathing the Same Air.
The Helsinki School artist Niko Luoma (b. 1970) is presented in a solo exhibition entitled And Time Is No Longer an Obstacle at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York.
The exhibition will consist of selected works representing different series dating from 2009 through 2012. Luoma's most recent Ligeti series (2012) expands upon his rectilinear compositions from the Symmetrium series (2009) into complex, curvilinear entanglements of sweeping lines and contours. Conversely, his Motive series (2011) are stripped down to minimalist interpretations, with beckoning similarities to Frank Stella's Black Paintings.
Coinciding with this exhibition is the release of Niko Luoma's first monograph also entitled And Time is No Longer an Obstacle, published by and available through Hatje Cantz.