Photos Nouvelles N°50 Une saison finlandaise en France Numéro 50
Date de parution 14/03/08
Prix 5.5 €
Une saison finlandaise
"ARCTIC HYSTERIA" : art contemporain islandais à Saint Petersbourg
ARCTIC HYSTERIA. CONTEMPORARY ART FROM FINLAND
Applying cultural clichés as a catalyst, the exhibition focuses on stereotypes, which has given cultural meaning to the specificities of a given region, Finland. Literally speaking Finland does not belong to the Arctic in a geographic sense, but the Finns are – as are, say, the Russians, the French and the English – believed to have specific national characteristics. A cliché often repeated, when discussing Finnish people, is their supposedly close connection with nature.
In fact, the humanity-nature relationship emerges as a sort of connecting thread throughout Arctic Hysteria, bridging generations and boundaries of genre in Finnish contemporary art. The utopian optimism of the 1960s and 1970s concerning technological progress is confr...
Ilkka Halso - RestorationWeather has become "climate", climate has turned into "climate crisis" - an unstoppable threat of our natural environment has been a global discussion topic for years. The internationally renowned Finnish artist Ilkka Halso (*1965 ) has been dealing with healing and rescue of endangered nature in his work for the best part of a decade. His photographic interventions are therefore not just the Finnish sequel of "Landart", developed in the USA in the 1960s, but also a reaction to our changing planet.
The exhibition at Galerie Wagner + Partner aims to trace Halso's aesthetic approach of rescuing nature. In the works of the series "Restoration" the artist develops and builds pseudo-scientific arrangements such as scaffolding trees with transparent gauze and illuminating them. Nature...
Manipulating Reality : How images redefine de the worldThe exhibition, the idea for which came from a CCCS project that availed itself of the scientific advice of Brett Rogers (director of the Photographers' Gallery, London), Luminita Sabau (director of the DZ Bank collection of contemporary photography in Germany), Martino Marangoni (director of the Fondazione Marangoni, Florence) and Franziska Nori (project director with the CCCS), will be focusing on the meaning of the term "reality" in contemporary artistic research, as it explores different ways of visually representing the world in the ambiguity that lies between the real and the verisimilar, the concrete and the apparent, the present and the past.
Several different scientific disciplines have already defined a paradigmatic change when they contend that the "real world" does not exist as an indep...