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My Perversion Is the Belief in Art

23 October 2020 – 21 February 2021
Hall, Wing and MEDIApoint

Curated by Martin Schibli and Saara Karhunen


Artists: Ellen Cantor, Miriam Cahn, Luciano Castelli, Alba S. Enström, Rainer Fetting, Andrea Éva Győri, Viljami Heinonen, Eeva Peura, Merzedes Sturm-Lie, Marianna Uutinen, Amalia Vekri, Alisa Yoffe


The exhibition title is a playful reference to a quote from the late artist Ellen Cantor (1961–2013): ”My perversion is the belief in true love”. It encapsulates a paradox shared by many artist: while adopting a critical approach, they nevertheless still believe in the energy of artistic practice, they are still romantics, they still believe in love and the power of Art. Cantor worked in several media, she could be provocative – but often with a good measure of humour. Her work revolved around present-day culture, society and politics, yet more fundamentally it was about life itself, about passion and the struggle to survive as a human being in a world of complicated uncertainty.


The renewed interest in Cantor’s work in recent years comes as no surprise. There has been a strong wish among artists to regain the autonomy and power of art, and a desire to avoid being interpreted from the standpoint of specific theoretical frameworks. Instead they wish to maintain and express the energy of art itself. This desire of bring back the autonomy of Art have possibly been strengthened during the pandemic. The Shutdown, will obvious lead to an urge for something new and fresh, not looking back to the condition that existed just before the pandemic. It is time to believe in the power of Art in itself.


This exhibition brings together artists from different generations and backgrounds. Artists who are interested not in the latest theories but in underground culture, poets, punk, life, passion, fashion magazines, pornographic magazines, popular film references... All featured artists address the struggle of being human, of finding an orientation in the here and now. They all bring energy into their art, with few or no compromises. Their determination to embrace both life and art can be seen as a harbinger of a better future.



The exhibition is producedin partnership with:acb Galéria, Electronic Arts Intermix, The Estate of Ellen Cantor, Galerie Forsblom, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Harlan Levey Projects, Kuopio Art Museum, MAKASIINI Contemporary, Triumph Gallery

Supported by:Ministry of Education and Culture, Swiss Arts CouncilPro Helvetia,Danish Arts Foundation, Nordic Culture Point







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