Dates : 7 SEP 2018 – 11 NOV 2018
Venue : Gwangju, Mugaksa Temple
HIAP(Helsinki International Artist Programme) participates in the Gwangju Biennale 2018 Pavilion Project with the exhibition Fictional Frictions. Located at the Mugaksa Temple and curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi, the exhibition consists of three new commissions and two context-specific iterations of recent artworks by South Korean and Finnish artists: Jungju An & Sojung Jun (Black Night), Maelee Lee, Mire Lee, Nestori Syrjälä and Elina Vainio. Their installations open up spaces for questioning many imagined borders: namely those between the past and the present, individual and collective, micro- and macrocosm. In subtle dialogue with the architecture and surroundings of the temple, the artworks form poetic-political entanglements that highlight co-dependencies and continuums instead of ruptures, breaks, and clearly defined boundaries.
The questions that bring these works of art into co-existence have to do with entangled loops of personal and collective histories. Through diverse material agencies, instead of emphasising conventional narrative strategies, they pose questions on how it is possible to relate to collectively and historically significant events or come to terms with massive transformations that are happening at present, on the level of personal perception and experience?
The juxtaposition of human and geological timescales—and by looking into how beings compose, or become to represent, larger patterns and entities—are critical undercurrents of the exhibition. Throughout it, the personal and affective are inseparably intertwined with the collective and structural aspects of life – mediated by diverse forms of artistic language.
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