Coexistence – Human, Animal and Nature in Kiasma’s Collections is Kiasma’s 2019 collection exhibition exploring the possibility of sustainable coexistence between humans, other species, and the environment.
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The exhibition strives to broaden our anthropocentric perception of reality by considering the viewpoints of animals, plants and inanimate beings—as well as artificial intelligence and robots. It expands the perspective to include all life forms on our planet and new scientific findings that are fundamentally altering our relationship with nature. Environmental issues, nature, and human coexistence with other organisms are topics of long-
The articles in the exhibition catalogue include an essay by curator Saara Hacklin, who reflects on temporal themes raised by the exhibits in relation to current discourse on the Anthropocene. Chief curator Kati Kivinen looks at how artists are taking a newfound interest in local cultural heritage and ancient belief systems all around the world, fused with elements of New Spirituality and humour. Curator Satu Oksanen discusses topics related to the co-
A heightened awareness of human material impacts is reflected not only in the thematic content of the exhibits, but also in the materials chosen by the artists.
Coexistence unfolds as a subtle, topically relevant and visually intriguing presentation of works from Kiasma’s collections. It addresses Kiasma's theme year centering on considerations on the concept of good life. Coexistence invites us to consider exactly whose ‘good life’ we mean. Further insights on the themes of the exhibition are provided by performances in the Kiasma Theatre by i.a. Margherita Pevere, Sonja Jokiniemi, RECOIL & Esa Kirkkopelto.
Artists: Lauri Anttila, Felipe de Ávila Franco, Torben Ebbesen, Andris Eglītis, Olga Florenskaya et Alexander Florensky. Simryn Gill, Terike Haapoja, Paavo Halonen, Kalle Hamm & Dzamil Kamanger, Alma Heikkilä, Jussi Heikkilä, Hannaleena Heiska, Outi Heiskanen, Marja Helander, Emma Helle, Nancy Holt, Felicia Fasanino Jansson, Muriel Kuoppala, Richard Long, Pia Männikkö, Fanni Niemi-
Curators: Saara Hacklin, Kati Kivinen & Satu Oksanen
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma is part of Finnish National Gallery together with Ateneum Art Museum and Sinebrychoff Art Museum.
Exhibition April 26, 2019 -
Wed–Fri 10–20.30 -
Sun 10–17 -