HANNALEENA HEISKA
8 February - 19 May 2019

Hannaleena Heiska (b. 1973, Oulu) often finds her inspiration from the imageries and genres of popular culture. Working serially, she investigates the potentials of science and the mysteries of life and existence. In the fantasy creatures in her pictures, the sombre darkness of heavy metal music co-exists with the romantic sentimentality of kitsch. Some of the pictures recall the nocturnal scenes of rain and fog in the movie Blade Runner. The demanding wet-on-wet technique brings a sense of softness, lightness and airiness to the works. The show consists of paintings and drawings, the earliest of which are from 2007, the most recent from 2018.

IMOGEN CUNNINGHAM
7 June –15 Sep 2019

American Imogen Cunningham (1883–1976) is one of the iconic names of modern photography. She was best known for her portraits and tightly framed studies of plants and nudes. Cunningham’s visually striking black-and-white photographs explore their subject close up, revealing to us the beauty that hides even in seemingly humble objects. In addition to photos of natural subjects and of nudes, the exhibition includes expressive self-portraits from different periods and also photographs of Cunningham taken by her colleagues. The exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Imogen Cunningham Trust, Seattle.

EMIL NOLDE
4 Oct 2019  –5 Jan 2020

German artist Emil Nolde (1867–1956) was a leading modernist of his day. He began his career in art in the 1890s as a neo-romantic, but soon assimilated influences from French impressionism and neo-impressionism. Around 1909, Nolde began painting in a new, expressive style that became his trademark, intense colours combining with a simplified, at times almost caricature-like idiom. The intensely emotional and morbidly beautiful style awakened heated discussion at the time. When the National Socialists came to power, Nolde’s art was condemned as un-German, and in 1941 he was forbidden to paint. He did not heed the injunction, however, and continued to work in secret. Nolde was a keen observer and painter of people and nature, particularly of the sea, and he also loved flowers. All his favourite subjects are presented in the exhibition. The exhibition was produced in collaboration with the Nolde Stiftung in Seebüll.

STUDIO

ANNA REIVILÄ: NOMAD
8 February - 31 March 2019

The title of the exhibition refers to a wanderer with no fixed abode, but also to the work process that is typical to photographer Anna Reivilä. Referencing the Japanese tradition of bondage, the black-and-white images are the result of weeks-long expeditions into uninhabited regions. In the exhibition, the works continue the journey that began with the artist’s shooting expeditions.

RAIMO SAARINEN
5 April - 19 May 2019

Raimo Saarinen explores the role of humanity in the formation and use of plants and soil. He addresses his themes through the mediums of installation and sculpture, often using live plants as his material. The installation in the Studio exhibition space is a meditation on how our relationship with plants and botanical ecosystems has changed over time, and where that change is now taking us.

JENNI YPPÄRILÄ
7 June – 15 September 2019

HOLGER LOODUS
4 October – 17 November 2019

ANNIKA DAHLSTEN & MARKKU LAAKSO
22 November 2019 – 5 January 2020

DARKROOM

SARAH CHOO JING: WEAR YOU ALL NIGHT
8 February - 31 March 2019

Wear You All Night (2017) is a voyeuristic and intimate depiction of contemporary urban loneliness and alienation. The actions of the woman and the man, spending a night in their separate hotel rooms, are mutually reflected without the two ever meeting each other. The melancholy gaze of the camera lingers on sensuality, luxury and the spaces of transit.
 

NUUTTI KOSKINEN: TALK ABOUT SOCIETY
5 April - 19 May 2019

Talk About Society (2018) gives visual form to social debates and modes of rhetoric such as definition, hubris, nostalgia, pessimism and post-ism. Combining video with photography, the three-act work takes us on a dangerous journey to witness the aftermath of a disaster and the mixing of meaning and matter, the organic and the artificial.
 

ANSSI KASITONNI
7 June – 15 September 2019

PETRA LINDHOLM: EMPTY VESSEL
4 October – 17 November 2019

MARJA HELANDER: EATNANVULOS LOTTIT
22 November 2019 – 5 January 2020