Jorma Puranen at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

Jorma Puranen’s extensive solo exhibition Museum Meditations is on display 30 June – 8 November 2020 at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova in Turku.

The photographic works of Jorma Puranen are a study in history, art, ethnography, anthropology and geography. His images dive deep into archived images and knowledge as well as the histories of our arctic regions. Our sense of cultural memory is explored through themes that span centuries. Puranen aims to unveil hidden histories, stories left in the margins and places that have been forgotten. At the same time the process of photography grounds his work in the present moment.

This exhibtion is presented on two floors and includes some of the artist’s most extensively developed series as well as recent works.

Image: Jorma Puranen Icy Prospects 65, 2014, 146 x 180 cm, pigment print

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Grönlund-Nisunen at Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum

Grönlund-Nisunen’s extensive retrospective exhibition Flow with Matter is on view at Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum until November 2020. Flow with Matter is Grönlund-Nisunen´s first solo exhibition in China, and the first foreign exhibition in Shanghai after quarantine of Covid-19. 

“Reaching beyond the visible phenomena, Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen have perceived, in their explorations, nature´s true intentions. Their inquiries do not stem out of surface manifestations, but out of genuine enthusiasm for the living world. Seemingly hard and fast logic of the world is all too often taken for granted, then reduced to a lifeless dataset. The two artists reverse this process. Through a variety of interdisciplinary tactics, they re-examine the sonic and visual flux of nature, its phenomena and transformations, to re-ignite our curiosity in the world, and raise our awareness of the consequences of our own behavior.

Grönlund-Nisunen´s architectural and kinetic installations are minimal yet poetic, restrained and precise in their expressive language, and rigorously rational. Instead of creating works that are emotionally ‘loud’, the artists´ speech is latent, leaving the audience enough space to discover and think for themselves.”
– Ma Nan, curator of the exhibition.

Image: Electromagnet, 2020, installation | Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum.

 

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Felt the Moonlight on my Feet by Jani Ruscica, Suzanna Pezo and Sam Watson

Felt the Moonlight on my Feet is a collaborative work by Jani Ruscica and tap-dancer Suzanna Pezo developed with producer and curator Sam Watson. The work is a newly conceived iteration of an ongoing collaborative project, specifically in the context of our current, shared situation, with a series of five live performative readings broadcast live across the internet via existing streaming platforms throughout the month of June.

For the first iteration of Felt the Moonlight on my Feet tap dancer Suzanna Pezo was presented with three pieces of poetry chosen by Ruscica in part due to their political and social censorship during the course of their existence. Each poem was translated into Morse Code, itself then further translated and interpreted by Pezo into a piece for tap, performed using specially crafted shoes utilising wool-felt in place of the usual metal-taps.

In this latest development of the work, conceived especially for the context of online-streaming,  Suzanna Pezo will translate the poem ‘Song of Myself’ by American humanist, poet, essayist and journalist Walt Whitman (1819–1892) into a new dance piece.

The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes’ Together Alone project has commissioned a series of new, live performances of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. The performative ‘readings’ will take place 5 times, broadcast live from the location of Pezo’s studio and her surroundings in Antwerp, Belgium. Consistent with Ruscica, Pezo and Watson’s practices to date, the collaborative work explores the intersections between language, place, culture, sculpture, sound, theatre and performance, posing questions relating to the processes of translation, cultural representation and communication.

Felt the Moonlight on my Feet streaming online in June every Tuesday at 20:00 (CET) via feltthemoonlight.xyz

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