J O H A N N A K E T O L A
Turku Art Museum, Studio 15 September – 12 November 2017
Press preview on Thursday, 14 September 2017, 11 am, at Turku Art Museum (Aurakatu 26, Turku).
Opening on Thursday, 14 September, from 6 to 8 pm. The artist will be present on both occasions. Welcome!
Valley L447 is an installation that consists of a two-part
video, photographs and sculptural elements. The title is a reference to
an industrial synthetic paint whose particular tint of green represents,
according to the manufacturer, the green of a valley.
exploration of the definitions of nature and the interplay between
nature and humanity in present-day world, the exhibition uses as its
vehicle representations of nature as they are used on consumer goods.
Alongside the aesthetic dimension of nature, another key element of the
exhibition is the artist’s personal experience of the spread of man-made
hazardous substances in our environment. In the exhibition, the
alarming contemporary reality of environmental change manifests itself
in cultural nature – in human interpretations of nature and in the
traces of humanity in the natural world.
creative practice has been moulded by forests and natural sights in her
native rural region in central Finland. Other influences in her work
are semiotics and global low-cost production, as well as haiku poetry
and the ways in which the world is depicted in haikus. Searching for a
precise yet poetic visual narrative, Valley L447 speaks to the
viewer through calm yet alienated sensory experiences. Nature appears as
a place that has been invaded by an alien presence, Fremdkörper.
The boundary between alien and natural has become blurred, but so has
the boundaries of agency. The exhibition is not about some fantasy but
about the analysis, articulation and reordering of reality. The
soundscape that bring the exhibition to life with its woodland ambience
is made by musician Petri Alanko. The exhibition is generously supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
For further information
Curator Annina Sirén
tel. + 358 2 2627 094/+ 358 50 3568 800