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Venice gets Nordic art. ‘Mirrored’ will be presented at the 57th la Biennale di Venezia international art exhibition at the Nordic Pavilion in 2017. Six artists who have lived and worked in Nordic countries are displaying some of their work. These include Norwegian Siri Aurdal, Sweden’s Nina Canell and Charlotte Johannesson, US-born Jumana Manna, as well as Pasi “Sleeping” Myllymäki and Mika Taanila from Finland. “The artists in "Mirrored" present a mapping of connections that override the national and regional boundaries, and instead track a more multi-faceted view of how artistic practice may connect,'” said Mats Stjernstedt curator of the exhibition at the Office of Contemporary Art (OCA).

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Venice gets Nordic art

Published on Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016 at 20:44 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan.

‘Mirrored’ will be presented at the 57th la Biennale di Venezia international art exhibition at the Nordic Pavilion in 2017.

The Nordic Pavilion, Venice
The Nordic Pavilion, Venice
Photo: Åke E:son Lindman


Six artists who have lived and worked in Nordic countries are displaying some of their work. These include Norwegian Siri Aurdal, Sweden’s Nina Canell and Charlotte Johannesson, US-born Jumana Manna, as well as Pasi “Sleeping” Myllymäki and Mika Taanila from Finland.

“The artists in "Mirrored" present a mapping of connections that override the national and regional boundaries, and instead track a more multi-faceted view of how artistic practice may connect,'” said Mats Stjernstedt curator of the exhibition at the Office of Contemporary Art (OCA).

Next year’s exhibition aims to challenge stereotypes given to Nordic countries and their self-images through urban art.

The works of Siri Aurdal (b.1937), Charlotte Johannesson (b.1943), and Pasi Myllymäki (b.1950) are inspired by urban themes that explored industrial material, digital space and experiments with designs of moving images.

Aurdal’s work questions and creates new space for the medium of sculptures. Johannesson takes a digital approach to traditional textiles such as tapestries and turning them into computer based pixels. With a history in super-8 films (1976 to 1985), Pasi Myllymäki uses graphic design as performative tool in film.

Mika Taanila (b.1965), Nina Canell (b.1979) and Jumana Manna (b.1987) also explore urbanity through a more political stance.

Taanila uses cut-out images from cinematic literature in order to create a montage effect, Canell challenges the fixed forms of sculptures, and Manna uses her sculptural work to explore expression of power in relationships – including themes of historic places and nationalism narratives.

The Nordic Pavilion was built to represent Sweden, Finland and Norway. Constructed between 1958 and 1962, it is situated between the US and Danish pavilions in the East Venice Giardini. This location is currently home to 29 other pavilions from other countries.

“For a little while in the Nordic Pavillion, one can find a sense of light that is not known anywhere else on the island. It is precisely this immaterial shift that causes a double take on difference and identity, and provokes an alteration in our attitude towards things,” said Katya García-Antón, Director of OCA and Curator of the Nordic Pavilion.




Published on Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016 at 20:44 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan.

This post has the following tags: art, biennale, venice, nordic, exhibitions, paywall.





  
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