12/17/2022-3/19/2023

KORUNDI HOUSE OF CULTURE

Rovaniemi Art Museum

Land of Dusk – Nattens ekologi – Works from Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation Collection

The exhibition is curated by Rickard Borgström [FI] & Rebecca Chentinell [SE] / DACE – Dance Art Critical Ecology The exhibition Land of Dusk – Nattens ekologi is a dark tale about the finitude as much as bewilderment over how inconceivably entangled life and the planet are. “At nightfall man vanishes – if they do not cease to exist, at least they dissolve, their contours become vague as the outer world starts to leak into them. In the night, their porous body intersects by invisible forces that crawl under the skin, collapsing their borders. In the darkness the individual figures are erased, as the personal life comes to an end and their body becomes an interface open for infinite currents of hardly noticeable shifts of thousands of strange bodies, merely sensed and not possible to distinguish. In the incomprehensible tremors of the loss of self, the horrifying vulnerability engulfs them as they no longer control themselves, all while they fail to separate their inner darkness from the darkness outside. Thus, the night becomes their awakening, not as a subject, but as an ecological organism, among organisms.” Land of Dusk is a narrative rather than an exhibition. The exhibition halls are built in the spirit of the Renaissance with curiosity cabinets based on various themes. In the black chamber, Juhana Moisander's video The First Brothers (2016) and Pekka Jylhä's work My Candle Burned at Both Ends (1995–1996) dominate the dark space and remind us of the fundamental essence of humanity. In the green chamber, the artworks flow, meander and live in symbiosis like creatures of the night and shapeshifters who awaken from the bowels of a mountain surrounded by polluted water. The atmosphere of the room is built by Arne Tor’s and Mari Rantanen's layered and energetic paintings, Jasmin Anoschkin's Hulahula PandaBunny (2017), Veikko Hirvimäki's Big Walk (2002), and Mia Hamari's Migrators (2017). Above this world, watches Tiia Matikainen's Forest Guard (2019). Pekka Jylhä's Attack (1991) is among the significant works of the red chamber. It is based on Eetu Isto's painting of the same name from 1899. In the current world situation, a reference to Russia's two-headed eagle is shockingly timely. In Jylhä's second work, What’s Life Anyway? (1996–1997) a lonely pig looks at himself in a distorting mirror and ponders the meaning of existence next to Tapio Junno's Torture Machine (1973). Finally, the red pigment in Marja Kanervo's work Oxide Red (2018) spreads on the floor in an uncontrollable, sensual outpouring. Natural science and ecological science fiction meet in the white chamber. Maija Albrecht's extremely exact detailed nature subjects are placed next to the futuristic pictures of Simo Hannula and Kaija Kiuru's endangered orchids which meet Noora Schroderus' plants made of human hair. In the background, a 3D animation by the artist duo nabbteeri shows a strange creature looking for a place in a human world. The imaginary worlds and organisms created with animation appear as alien environments and, as such species, we don't recognize nor can we understand yet – however, they may live side by side with us in the future. Artists of the exhibition: Jesse Avdeikov, Maija Albrecht, Anne-Elina Alho, Ville Andersson, Jasmin Anoschkin, Tor Arne, Tuomo Blomqvist, Pirjetta Brander, Markku Hakuri, Paavo Halonen, Mia Hamari, Simo Hannula, Hannaleena Heiska, Veikko Hirvimäki, Tapio Junno, Pekka Jylhä, Aarne Jämsä, Marja Kanervo, Eemil Karila, Kaija Kiuru, Essi Korva, Marjo Lahtinen, Tuomas Laitinen, Tiia Matikainen, Elina Merenmies, Juhana Moisander, nabbteeri, Matti Nurminen, Mari Rantanen, Juri Saarikoski, Noora Schroderus, Jari Silomäki, Kim Simonsson, Tommi Toija, Paavo Tolonen, Jan Kenneth Weckman ja Seppo Öfverström.
Kulttuuritalo Korundi, Lapinkävijäntie 4, 96100 Rovaniemi

Tiia Matikainen: Forest Guard, 2019. Photo Arto Liiti / Rovaniemi Art Museum