AVANTGARDEVEKKULA opens on 27.6.2020!

Art Center Haihatus Summer Exhibition is open 27.6.–16.8.2020

Exhibition’s curator Tuomo Vuoteenoma states that during the abnormal times we live in, the significance of art and imagination in people’s well-being is even more crucial than normally. “All kind of artistic activity gives an opportunity to expand, diminish, and break down the walls that are sometimes drawing in on us.”

AVANTGARDEVEKKULA is the 21st summer exhibition of Art Center Haihatus. It is open every week from Wednesday to Sunday 11–18 and it is one of the Museum Card museums.

Due to the corona virus pandemic, the timetable of the exhibition had to be changed, but otherwise the changes in the exhibition are minor, states curator Vuoteenoma. Art Center Haihatus’ area is wide, and the premises and the art-experience park enable easy-going and safe exhibition experience for the visitors. We follow government set regulations and guidelines to provide a safe exhibition environment, so let’s take good care of hygiene and safety gaps!

AVANGARDEVEKKULA is an art exhibition in which all the artworks ooze joyful grip on art making. Another connective feature between the exhibition’s artists is that many of them work within different art disciplines such as theatre and art. AVANTGARDEVEKKULA waves uniquely between naivistic installations, kinetic sculptures, and dreamy soundscapes. For example, there is an attic disco upstairs in the exhibition house where kinetic sculptures are dancing in an otherworldly manner.

Curator Vuoteenoma with his gigantic mechanical spider.

The following artists and artist groups take part in this year’s summer exhibition: Sakari Kannosto, Pauliina Turakka Purhonen, Petri Eskelinen, Maippi Ketola, Ville Vuorenmaa, Pauli Ahopelto, Katri Sipiläinen, Jaakko Mattila, Antti-Ville Reinikainen, Sorbus -kollektiivi, Heidi Kesti, Mari Metsämäki, Tero Jartti, Panu Ollikainen, Jari Johannes, Esa Mattila, Kaisa Vigman, Kalle Turakka Purhonen, Absurdistit -kollektiivi, Kokeellisen elektroniikan seura, Benjamin Phillips Nozdrachev, Steve Vanoni, Ninni Luhtasaari, Antti Immonen, Jyrki Nissinen, Elliina Peltoniemi, Mikko Haiko, Risto Puurunen, Kinobox Obscura and curator Vuoteenoma himself.

Tuomo Vuoteenoma says that “Art has potential to make things that are seemingly unrelated and disproportioned to fit in the same picture. Art, making by hands, and safe scrabbling help to understand different points of views to reality and sometimes to break down statues, because after all, that is what art is: constructing and deconstructing.”

The exhibition’s curator Tuomo Vuoteenoma is Helsinki-based art field’s multitasking professional. He works actively in visual arts producing open source art events, experimental exhibitions, and performative sculptures. Oulu-born Vuoteenoma is a designer but besides his main profession, he had also worked as an event producer, a musician, and a janitor. The continuous play with artistic ideas and technical implementations has led to the merging of surprising elements into a unique operating culture, which gave birth to AVANTGARDEVEKKULA in 2018. The 4th version of the exhibition lands in Art Centre Joutsa this summer!

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