Visual Art and Design in Disguise. The exhibition focuses on how designers and artists work when they filter impulses, process ideas, seek a direction for their work: works by 19 artists, designers, duos and collectives.
Opening in Kiasma in 2012, the Camouflage exhibition has contemporary art and design in
the leading role. Can the two fit under one roof? Should we prepare for war?
“The focus of the Camouflage exhibition is on the interplay between contemporary art and design, and also their fluid boundaries. Camouflage serves as a metaphor for the intertwining of these two areas,” says curator of the exhibition Leevi Haapala reassuringly.
Both camps feel attracted to the ideas and practices of the other, yet they frequently try to preserve the dividing lines. With their actions, works, active discussion and concept definition, designers and artists alike have opened the intersecting area in interesting new directions.
The Camouflage exhibition focuses on how designers and artists work when they filter impulses, process ideas, seek a direction for their work. The ideas presented here are suggestions, discoveries and carefully aimed provocations that hint at the authors’ future work in relation to the ongoing discussion on the topic.
The 19 artists, designers, duos and collectives live in different parts of the world. In addition to Finland, they come from Argentina, Great Britain, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States. Many of them work between two or more cities and cultures. They come from a range of cross-disciplinary backgrounds, and their changing projects provide them with changing professions and identities.
Artists: Silvia B. (Rotterdam), Hans-Christian Berg (Inkoo), Florencia Colombo (Buenos Aires- Helsinki), Company: Aamu Song & Johan Olin (Helsinki), Sebastian Errazuriz (New York), Jiri Geller (Helsinki), Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen (Helsinki), Handkerchief Production: Amy Cheung & Erkka Nissinen (Hongkong-New York), Idiots: Afke Golsteijn & Floris Bakker (Amsterdam), Riitta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth (New York-Oslo), Kariel: Muriel Lässer & Karri Kuoppala (Glarus-Helsinki), Kaisu Koivisto (Helsinki), Tuomas Laitinen (Helsinki), Kaija Papu (Tampere), Kim Simonsson (Helsinki), Unbuilt Helsinki, Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich (Berwick-upon-Tweed), Maaria Wirkkala (Helsinki), Antti Yli-Tepsa (Helsinki)
The exhibition is part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme.
Image: Riitta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth, Eyes as Big as Plates # Torleiv. Photo: Riitta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth
More information: Leevi Haapala, Curator, tel. +358 (0)9 1733 6538, firstname.lastname@example.org, Jari-Pekka Vanhala, Curator, tel. +358 (0)9 1733 6517, email@example.com
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Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Mannerheiminaukio 2, FIN-00100 - Helsinki, Finland
Mon closed, Tu 10–17, Wed–Thu 10–20.30, Fri 10–22, Sat 10–18, Sun 10–17
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Under 18 year-olds free.
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