The artists for the Turku Biennial 2017 exhibition have been selected. 16 artists were chosen from the 260 applications that arrived through an open portfolio submission. From these, the work of 12 artists will be seen in the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum and the work of three artists will be presented in Turku Artists' Association's Gallery Å in the winter season of 2017. All of the works in the exhibition will be on display for the first time.
The artists selected for the exhibition are:
Anna Estarriola (b. 1980)
Teemu Korpela (b. 1980)
Riikka Kuoppala (b. 1980)
Reija Meriläinen (b. 1987)
Juha Mäki-Jussila (b. 1967)
Pekka Niskanen (b. 1961)
Tuula Närhinen (b. 1967)
Anssi Pulkkinen (b. 1982)
Minna Rainio (b. 1974) & Mark Roberts (b. 1970)
Simo Ripatti (b. 1975)
Minna Suoniemi (b. 1972)
Päivi Takala (b. 1970)
Nora Tapper (b. 1961)
Nita Vera (b. 1986)
Hanna Vihriälä (b. 1974)
Current Themes and Spectrum of Techniques
The absence of a predetermined theme gave artists the freedom to treat the themes of their own choosing. In the selected applications, several societally current themes stood out that speak to the makers of art. In their works, artists discuss the current state of the world and what it means to be a human being, amongst others. Definition of one's own space, boundaries, being an outsider and themes of remembering are also strongly present in the works. Many of the subjects appear as timeless, time-defying meditations without underlining their content.
Also notable in the works of the selected artists is the materiality of making art: spatiality, a wide spectrum of techniques and playing with materials. New mediums are well represented, but the exhibition will also feature painting, sculpture and photography. In the working methods of many artists, the union of art and research is emphasized – the processes of art and research work come closer to each other. The selected works open an interesting view into contemporary art in the 100-year-old Finland.
High Standard of Applications Delighted the Jury
The standard of Turku Biennial 2017's portfolio applications was high. In the selections, attention was paid to how the subject was treated in relation to how it was presented, high artistic quality and what kind of whole the works of Turku Biennial would create together.
The jury responsible for the selections consisted of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova's museum director Johanna Lehto-Vahtera, curators Eeva Holkeri, Silja Lehtonen and Laura Ruohonen, Turku Artists' Association's executive director Riina Kotilainen, Helsinki Art Museum's (HAM) acting chief curator Pirkko Siitari and the representative of the public Hanne Mustiala.
8th Turku Biennial in Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova 17 November 2017 – end of February 2018.
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