TIME AFTER TIME (2018)
MRCVE (Jussi Matilainen, Asko Nivala, Janne Rahkila ja Simo Saarikoski)
[18.12.2018 - 17.02.2019]STAIRCASE
A retrospective review of MRCVE’s work that discusses the way in which power is used in a group of colleagues and how the different points of view could be merged to an artwork.The video is a study about friendship, time and how everything is intertwined in the end.Read more >>
LIGHTNING RIDE (2017)
Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion
[16.10.2018 - 16.12.2018]Screening STAIRCASE
With Lightning Ride, it is poles of technology, organics and mysticism that collide with electricity as a connecting point. The video is produced from excerpts of “Taser Certifications”, a sort of ceremony authorizing in the United States the use of Tasers in the condition of being first tased by someone else. Filtered with the famous Photoshop’s “oil painting effect”, slowed down and accompanied by a disturbing soundtrack, the succeeding images show us bodies and faces whose deformations and positions evoke a feeling of pain as well as a Christian ecstacy. Everything unfolds as if the miracle of electricity, symbol of the rationalization of the world, revived paradoxically an aspiration to transcendence, antipodes joining each other and disappearing in profit of a new map of possibilities.
(Sarah Ihler-Meyer) Read more >>
CAROLUS ENCKELL - THE SILENCE WE SEEK, MAIRE GULLICHSEN AND MODERNISM SERIE
[28.09.2018 - 24.02.2019]PROJECT ROOM
Curator: Esko Nummelin
“I am merely a reorganiser,” Carolus Enckell said in the 1980s.
According to him, an artist does not need to emphasise himself, his uniqueness or his inventiveness. Everything exists already; the artist’s task is to give them meaning.
(Timo Valjakka on Carolus Enckell, HS 27.09.2017)
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AGONY - KAMPPAILU
[28.09.2018 - 24.02.2019]5HALL, Wing and MEDIApoint
Curator: Anni Venäläinen
(b. 1974) works in an intermediate area between the public and the gallery space, drawing his material from messages and tensions he finds in the urban environment. His works comment on the conflicts and failures of ideologies either directly or indirectly. While suggesting that we must struggle for fundamental democratic rights, such as freedom of the press, he also admits the risk that resistance can turn into violence, which expands the scope of his work to cover also the ethic dimension of both individuals and community action. The overarching theme of the exhibition therefore embraces all social struggle and the question of its justification. Nevertheless Tur also examines the individual’s experience: personal risk taking and opening oneself to ridicule. Yet the boldness to put oneself at risk, the ability to laugh at oneself, the tenacity to try again and again, and the ability to endure failure, these are all necessary if we want to defend important values.Read more >>
[11.09.2018 - 27.01.2019]PEDAseinä / Café Muusa
Colour Cultivate / Pori Centre for Children’s Culture Colour Cultivate is a communal and environmental art work at Hevosluoto allotment garden. During the summer 2018 art work was place to grow eatable ﬂ owers and vegetables for Colour Workshop for Babies. Pori Centre for Children´s Culture created the art work with The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters in Pori (Esikko) and The Association of Luoto Allotment Garden as part of the Turku Universitys´Kokkeli Project.
The exhibition is part of the European Cultural Heritage Days.Read more >>
[14.08.2018 - 14.10.2018]6STAIRCASEEx Nihilo
is an experimental short documentary about life, death and our attempts to control them. It tells the stories of an advanced humanoid robot, a cryonics facility, where the brains of deceased people are held and of a international seed vault, where crop seed from around the world are held frozen.Read more >>
PEDAN KESä. TODISTE
[12.06.2018 - 02.09.2018]PROCESSwall / Café, MuusaRead more >>
VERS L’EUROPA DESERTA, TERRA INCOGNITA (2017)
Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi
[12.06.2018 - 12.08.2018]STAIRCASE
Vers l’Europa deserta, Terra Incognita aims at a deconstruction of the models of inventive self-representation shared by suburban youth cultures throughout Europe, moving through an expanded periphery between Italy and France. Read more >>
FIELD OF BLOOD (2018)
[10.04.2018 - 10.06.2018]STAIRCASE
Participatory performance ”Field of blood” was held in Kouvola city 23.7.2016 at the same field where in the Finnish Civil war 1918 were executed and buried hundred’s of ”white’s” and after the war hundred’s of ”red’s”. Film ”Field of blood” consists the performance (300 participants) and one main character’s story. Kari Harju tell’s his family story of 1918 happenings and why he wanted to join the ”Field of blood” performance at Kouvola city.Read more >>
ERODING HUMAN MEMORY - THE PROCESS OF CREATION OF MEANINGS
[23.03.2018 - 02.09.2018]
What is art that is typical to the Satakunta province? What is Finnish art? Who can be called a master, who a trailblazer? On what grounds? Maurice Halbwachs first used the concept of collective memory back in the 1920s. It is not a metaphor but a social reality created, passed on and maintained by groups and institutions. Interpretations of the past are not constructed on the basis of individual memory; individual memory is socially constructed and therefore formed by mutual communication. Read more >>
MARCOS ÁVILA FORERO
[23.03.2018 - 02.09.2018]HALL
A young artist fast garnering international attention, Marcos Ávila Foreron participated in Viva Arte Viva!, the main exhibition of the 2017 Venice Biennale, with a video piece called Atrato, which is also included in the show at Pori Art Museum. Marcos Ávila Foreron typically works in challenging terrain or inaccessible places such as remote rural villages in Colombia. The exhibition presents key works from his output focusing on the impacts of Colombia’s drug wars and FARC guerrillas on the lives of its population. Read more >>
LAHJOITTAJIEN MUOTOKUVIA / DONOR PORTRAITS
Nils Agdler and Timo Menke
[23.03.2018 - 02.09.2018]PROJECT ROOM
The three-channel documentary film installation Gifted Men (2015) examines the staff of Danish fertility clinics, the owners of sperm banks, and the donors. “Anonymous sperm donors are like blind creators of entire family trees or populations that remain unaware of their begetter and can never learn their identity. Donors affect the demographics of society with much more far-reaching consequences than they themselves or anyone else can foresee.” Timo MenkeRead more >>
ART OF MEMORY
STEINA & WOODY VASULKA
[23.03.2018 - 02.09.2018]WING, MEDIApoint
Steina (born 1940, Reykjavík) and Woody Vasulka (born 1937, Brno) are pioneers of electronic and digital image production. In their ongoing dialogue with machines – from cathode-ray televisions to digital Computer systems – they consider the electronic signal as artistic medium.
The exhibition is produced in cooperation with the National Gallery of Iceland.Read more >>
[23.03.2018 - 03.06.2018]PROCESSwall / Café MUUSARead more >>
[13.02.2018 - 08.04.2018]STAIRCASE
Time inevitably moves from past to future, passing the present moment. Mankind encloses to time its marks, stains, constructions and ruins. On the verge of vast changes time acts abnormally. It leaks, folds and fractures, and allows things belonging elsewhere, to the otherworldly, to permeate itself.Read more >>
THE STREET ENTERS THE HOUSE: SPACES BECOMING PLACES (2017)
Andrea Coyotzi Borja
[12.12.2017 - 11.02.2018]Stair case The Street Enters the House: Spaces Becoming Places
takes the first part of its title from Umberto Boccioni’s painting The street enters the house (1911) as a parting point for questioning the role of spaces, and spaces becoming places.
What happens within the ordinary?
What happens with the un-dwelt?
What happens on the street?
What happens when the street enters the house, or in this case, the museum?
Is the street ordinary regardless of how it’s framed, regardless of the intention?Read more >>
[10.10.2017 - 10.12.2017]Screening STAIRCASE
”Abandoned Land” is a documentary, experimental and poetic video which captures abandoned places, infrastructure and phenomenon in Finland. The video uses Finland as an allegory to approach recent changes of the European society with visually effective images, prosaic narration and music. With the abandoned phenomena the video explores history and its relation with today. Abandoned can be seen as a window to the future.Read more >>
FIGMENTS & FRAGMENTS
[22.09.2017 - 25.02.2018]Wing, MEDIApoint
For her first solo exhibition in the Nordic countries, Belgian visual artist Ana Torfs
brings together two major installations, The Parrot & the Nightingale, a Phantasmagoria
(2014) and Legend
(2009), as well as Toast
, an iconic photograph she made in 2003, which functions as a connecting element between the exhibited installations.
Since the early 1990s, Ana Torfs has been composing a unique, visually striking oeuvre, which addresses fundamental questions of representation and its narrative structures. The relation or tension between text and image plays a central role in her work, and with it all the related processes of visualization, interpretation, perception, manipulation and translation. Torfs enables a topical and authentic perception of the scattered fragments from our cultural and political history. Literary texts or historical documents often constitute the starting point of her works. These material remnants are then reworked into meticulously composed installations—with diverse media such as slide projections, sound, photography and video, to tapestries and silk screens—in which projections and allusions have free reign.Read more >>
MUSEUM OF PRESERVING CITY - KAUPUNGIN SÄILYTTÄMISEN MUSEO
Muhammad Ali | Nisrine Boukhari | Diana Jabi
[22.09.2017 - 25.02.2018]PROJECT ROOM
Curator Abir Boukhari
Born in Syria, Abir Boukhari
is a curator who lives and works in Stockholm. Museum of Preserving City is a project that aims to build an archive based on artworks that record the history, recent past, left or are about to leave. They are either citizens of Damascus or have explored it as visitors. The project is an attempt to build a conceptual archive of Damascus as the oldest capital city in the world – while also establishing an idea of the current situation in the city. The exhibition mounted in the Project Room at the Pori Art Museum will consist of works selected from the archive that open up a vision of the present and vision about the future of the City of Damascus. All participating artists have experienced the city personally. Some are still living there, while others have current situation in Syria, which goes beyond media imageries.Read more >>