Factory of Found Clothes - Three Mothers and a Chorus, Turku Art Museum, Darkroom 11 June – 12 September 2010

Media preview on Thursday, 10 June 2010, at 11am, in Turku Art Museum, Aurakatu 26, Turku.
Opening on Thursday, 10 June 2010, from 6–8pm.
Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya will be present on both occasions.

St. Petersburg based Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya (b. 1969) and Olga Egerova (b. 1968) form up the artist duo Factory of Found Clothes. Their artistic activities are based on a manifesto where they strive to change the society and promise to work for the oppressed. The Factory of Found Clothes was established in 1996 and they have dealt various issues in their works including the relationships between men and women and different generations as well as different power structures and social networks. 

Factory of Found Clothes’ film Three Mothers and a Chorus (2007, 33:50 min) will be presented in the Darkroom. In the work we are confronted by a choir which raises questions about upbringing of children. These questions are answered in turn by group of mothers who tell about their worries and troubles in the said area. 

One of the mothers laments her two-year-old boy who has not yet been potty-trained. For the other, raising the infant is an investment to the future. The child should, according to the mother, realize that even the motherly love should be earned. A third mother tells that all is well but in the end is forced to admit that she tries to mend her broken promises with gifts of money.

Even inside the choir the consensus is broken by quarrelling voices. The singers represent different mentalities, ages and characters. Men defend strongly their traditional roles as providers whereas the women encourage their sisterhood to work outside the home. 

In a two-part video the stories of Russian mothers makes visible the challenges of parenthood in contemporary society. In the end we also hear what did happen to these mothers and children – how where their hopes fulfilled and where did their journey take them. The exhibition is supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture

The Darkroom series of exhibitions was launched at the Turku Art Museum in 2008. In the first year, the shows presented videos and media works by Finnish artists. Artists from the other Nordic countries were showcased in 2009. The year 2010 in the Darkroom is dedicated to work by artists from the Baltic region and from Russia.


Gintaras Makarevičius (LT), 1 Oct – 14 Nov.
Kristina Norman (EE), 26 Nov 2010 – 16 Jan 2011

Additional information:

Jenny Nybom, Curator
Tel. +358 (0)2 262 7094 or +358 (0)50 400 3248
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