Sirkku Ketola: SHhh..! Still hearing the whispers of the queen
27 Nov 2015 – 17 Jan 2016
Turku Art Museum was the venue of Sirkku Ketola’s first encounter with institutional art and it still holds a kind of sanctity for her. In this space, Ketola will now construct her own sacred story about humanity and her questioning of the code of life.

Mounted in the Studio space, Still hearing the whispers of the queen is an installation made of paper screen-printed manually by Ketola over several years. The material combines physical fragility with a heavy range of colour. The chapel-like structure spreads itself out in front of and around the viewer. The work is a scroll, opened up for reading, from the content of which the viewer selects, forms and interprets segments or details. Each path chosen from among the thousands of possible ones is unique. Instead of supplying answers, Ketola asks: What justifies us to conquer, define and control? The depth whispers in reply. Who has the knowledge?

Glowing on the roof of the museum, SHhh..! is a whisper to the spirit of the times. It carries across the city, from hilltop to hilltop. It does not point or judge, it radiates goodness and invites silence. SHhh..! is also part of the national Valoa taiteelle! event of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. The work is unveiled on the Arts Promotion Day on 1 December at 6 pm, after which it will be on show every night 4 pm – 9 am until 17 January 2016.

Sirkku Ketola (b. 1973 in Turku) earned her MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. She has also studied at the Turku Arts Academy and the University of Turku. She is best known for large screen-print installations that combine the legacy of renaissance art, digital photography and craftwork. The lyrical content of Ketola's art traverses the line between light and dark. Often her work also involves playfulness and the testing of material boundaries. The driving forces for Ketola’s practice are passion and curiosity about life.

Exhibition is supported by the City of Turku with an Aboa Prize 2015.


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