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Downs and Ups

Anna-Kaisa Ant-Wuorinen
Downs and Ups
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Jätkä 1 ja Pikkujätkä

1–17 December, ARTag Gallery
9–29 December, Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Jätkä 1 & Pikkujätkä

Anna-Kaisa Ant-Wuorinen (b. 1957) has created a two-part exhibition and both parts can be seen in Helsinki in December 2017. The name of the exhibition is Downs and Ups and the first part will be open to the public as of 1 December at ARTag Gallery in Hietalahti and the second part as of 9 December at Galleria Huuto in Jätkäsaari.

The exhibition was developed after the artist’s wooden house, which was built for her family and in which she lived for decades, burned down a few years ago. Ant-Wuorinen defines the exhibition as a sort of retrospective. After everything was destroyed, she was forced to consider what was left.

Four years before the fire, Ant-Wuorinen was widowed and paralyzed by grief. The fire changed everything. Everything that she had lived amidst for half of her life was gone. The fire destroyed all her belongings including books and art, also her own sculptures. Their traces were, however, left in the house.

“Books have always been very important to my family. Some 5,000 books were destroyed in the fire. I remember which books were on which shelves. When photographing the traces of the books, I realized how much they have influenced all of us,” Ant-Wuorinen says.

The fire brought back Ant-Wuorinen’s passion for her work. She is a material-oriented sculptor who has worked with, for example, plastic and steel. In her works, the material is part of the content and the working methods add a narrative element. Now her burnt home has served as a starting point for her work. The means of documentation have been varied as, due to the tragic event, charcoal, tar and soot replaced the previously used materials.

“After the initial shock, I forced myself to look at the devastation with new eyes. I forced myself to go through about half of my life. I also rediscovered great moments of happiness,” Ant-Wuorinen summarizes.

Anna-Kaisa Ant-Wuorinen earned a Master of Science (Tech.) degree from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1983 and completed her visual arts studies at Art School MAA in 1990. She has had several solo exhibitions, for example at Galleria Sculptor and Galleria Kari Kenetti in Helsinki. Her works are included in the collection of the Helsinki Art Museum and in the Finnish state art collection.

The exhibition has been supported by:
Arts Promotion Centre Finland | Arts Council of Uusimaa

Further information:
Anna-Kaisa Ant-Wuorinen, tel. +358 50 363 2257
ARTag Gallery / Veikko Halmetoja, tel. +358 44 215 3005
Galleria Huuto / Henni Oksman, tel. +358 400 653 461

The Imagic

Elina Oikari
Pekka Aikio (äänisuunnittelu)
The Imagic
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä
18.11. – 3.12.2017

The Imagic connects Sami poetry to the on-going climate change in the Northern Europe. This video work can also be seen as a kinetic meditation about the landscapes of the Arctic. The Imagic consists super 8mm film and archive material, those two materials become as one by the sound design of Pekka Aikio.

Elina Oikari is Helsinki-based filmmaker and visual artist. She received M.A. from the Aalto University Documentary Film Studies (2014). Oikari has made short films specially for film concerts in collaboration with musicians, composers and conductors. Oikari emphasizes experimental connections between image and sound in her works, whose themes are related to the classics of dramatic literature, experiences of otherness and the generational experience of the people born in 1980’s. Her works have been screened internationally at various film festivals and music events.

The exhibition has been supported by Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Further information:
Elina Oikari
+358 40 7752 804


Paula Puoskari
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Pikkujätkä

Open as usual on All Saints Day 4.11.2017 at 12-5 pm.

Terra Incognita was a term for unknown areas on early maps. Skillful dragon illustrations represented cartographers’ views of these unexplored territories (“HC SVNT DRACONES”, “here are dragons”). The monsters in early maps were often based on old myths.

This exhibition is also, in a way, about a cartographer’s visions. The giants are reminiscent of the Asian Kara shi shi figures. According to the Buddhist tradition, those evil-looking lion dogs serve a good cause – their job is to protect temples, homes and the people in them. Kara shi shi figures are often depicted in pairs with a ball under their paw.

The current world view is being shaken in many ways – perhaps the most dramatic consequences could be to do with global warming. Will this be the view of a future cartographer – mythical creatures on the edge of the known world? What will happen to the earth? Will the protective figures be successful or will the indifference of mankind be greater?

Paula Puoskari is a Helsinki-based artist. She is a member of the Finnish Painters’ Union and the Helsinki Artists’ Association. After graduating from the Free Art School in 2008, she has had annual solo exhibitions and taken part in several group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. Puoskari’s exhibitions have examined, for example, civil disobedience and the collapse of a welfare state. Her way to deal with different themes is to provide a point of reference – yet in a way that ultimately aims to make the viewer consider their own role as an actor in sociopolitical phenomena.


Paula Puoskari: Terra Incognita, 2017 (photo P.Autio)
Paula Puoskari: Terra Incognita, 2017 (photo P.Autio)

Paula Puoskari: Guardian Against All Evil III, 2017 (photo P.Autio), akryyli paperille, siimat/ acrylic on paper, nylon line, 302 x 345 x 70 cm
Paula Puoskari: Guardian Against All Evil III, 2017 (photo P.Autio), akryyli paperille,
siimat/ acrylic on paper, nylon line, 302 x 345 x 70 cm

Paula Puoskari: Guardian Against All Evil II, 2017 (photo P.Autio), akryyli paperille, siimat/ acrylic on paper, nylon line, 193 x 276 x 120 cm
Paula Puoskari: Guardian Against All Evil II, 2017 (photo P.Autio), akryyli paperille,
siimat/ acrylic on paper, nylon line, 193 x 276 x 120 cm

Paula Puoskari: Terra Incognita, 2017 (photo P.Autio)
Paula Puoskari: Terra Incognita, 2017 (photo P.Autio)

Paula Puoskari: Terra Incognita, 2017 (photo P.Autio)
Paula Puoskari: Terra Incognita, 2017 (photo P.Autio)

Paula Puoskari: Guardian´s Hand, 2013-2017, öljy kankaalle/ oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm
Paula Puoskari: Guardian´s Hand, 2013-2017, öljy kankaalle/ oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm


Kalle Turakka Purhonen
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

A body of a professional bodybuilder seems to be in a state of metamorphosis: a human body is changing into a muscle-sculpture, a monster, BBQ chicken, metal, poo, fruit or some type of organ. This either fascinates or disgusts the viewer.

With images of bodybuilders it is easy to paint pictures of negative masculine stereotypes. However, bodybuilders are all sorts of people and extreme bodybuilding seems to be more a caricature of the passions of mainstream culture, than some isolated area of its own. In the collages of this exhibition I have wanted to use the bodies of bodybuilders as a wider metaphor for life.

I enjoy making traditional cut-and-glue paper collages. Photoshop makes it all too easy. I want to be in dialogue with the fragile and limited material and just follow it where it leads me.

Kalle Turakka Purhonen
p. 0400-909757


Magnus Strandberg
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Pikkujätkä

On fading memories, losses and translations – Magnus Strandberg’s Minneslucka

With his fourth solo exhibition, Magnus Strandberg continues the material-based investigations where the immaterial and intangible play a major role. Despite the impossibility of the task, he repeatedly tries to translate the untranslatable, using the paradox of immaterial matter as a starting point. Still, his artistic madness builds on a solid methodology. What we have here is an obstinate attempt, which reveals a firm belief in the fragility of memories, experiences and the world in general. He takes on an impossible task – to regenerate a site-specific experience – nothing more, nothing less. After all, reaching for the impossible is of greatest artistic importance.

Magnus Strandberg has a preference for the experimental. Each and every time he challenges the limits of his expression and art. He expands towards the formerly invisible, and tries to find connections between different things and phenomena. For his current and previous exhibitions, he has tried to find connections between translating and making installation art. During the working process a few questions emerged. Is it possible to translate the untranslatable? What happens when memories fade? Do they disappear, or merely transform into something increasingly imaginary? The artist has stated the following about the basic thoughts that revolve around the exhibition series: “What I considered to be the content of the original work, has less and less significance. I am mostly trying to remember, what being in the exhibition space felt like. Occasionally the recalling becomes a desperate action. I can no longer remember what actually existed, and what I am constantly creating as I try to remember. The second exhibition, Minneslucka, certainly deals with loss. Still, I refuse to accept that a work I have created can disappear without a trace. In fact, I believe this can be applied to any occurrence.”

Translation is also a part of the exhibitions title. It is specifically called Minneslucka, not muistikatko or blackout. According to Strandberg, the Finnish and English equivalents lack the word ‘lucka’ – an absence of something or a space in between, but also a peephole or a gate leading somewhere. These are missing from muistikatko or blackout, and still they creep into every memory of Minnesluckan. The title hovers somewhere in the background, very much like the animation we encounter in the exhibition space – a trace from the previous exhibition, partially reflected from the projection surface. Otherwise we find ourselves in the shadows, led towards memories and experiences we never have complete access to.

Magnus Strandberg is an artist and translator from Helsinki. He graduated from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2015.

PhD Juha-Heikki Tihinen

The exhibition is supported by Konstsamfundet and Svenska kulturfonden.

Additional information can be acquired from Magnus Strandberg:


Reetta Neittaanmäki & Erika Weiste
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Pikkujätkä

”Reminiscences” is an installation that consists of an same named animated documentary and an assemblage that examines memory processes. For the project we have interviewed four elderly people using an interviewing technique in which the participants are requested to tell their life story freely, without being directed towards any subjects or themes. This gives us an opporturnity to look at our past in a honest and straight manner and to explore, what kind memories linger through the life. Items are sort of memory banks for people. Picking up a doll from your childhood or a deodorant from the time you were a teen can suddenly awake a bunch of memories you didn´t even know existed. The work uses this link between items and memories in depicting the reminiscenses of the intervieews, and invites the viewer to sink in the reminiscences, to listen at the stories and find out what kind of memories they awake in oneself.

Reminiscences is made by using stop motion animation, cut out animation and video footage. In the Galleria Huuto we also see an assemblage related to the animation.

The work has been supported by Finnish Culture Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, AVEK and KulttuuriEspoo.

Reetta Neittaanmäki (1974) lives in Helsinki and works as a freelancer in different animation art projects. She graduated from Turku Arts Academy in 2001 and from Aalto University School of Art and Design as Master of Arts in 2011. She is a member of Osuuskunta Animaatiokopla collective. Animation as an art form fascinates her because of the possibility to show the world from a new kind of perspective and playing with different techniques and visual styles.

Erika Weiste (1981) is an animation artist from Helsinki, who works as a freelancer in different artistic and commercial projects. She is also constantly working with her own art projects, including animation, painting and illustration. Erika graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008. In her work she is intrigued how all art is interlaced and is always keen in crossing borders between art medias.

For more information:
Reetta Neittaanmäki
Erika Weiste

Social Narrative Scenarios

Dragos Alexandrescu
Social Narrative Scenarios
Galleria Huuto, Pikkujätkä

Dragos Alexandrescu is a Romanian visual artist. Since 2007 he lives in Ostrobothnia,
Finland. Most of his art practice is a form of interrogation of the present, in which fictional narratives, based on our socio-economic structure, try to (re)produce an emotional rather than rational response from the audience. Each work is approaching and thus presenting elements of life, for the most part concerned with the period of structural fragility, economic and identity crises, which Europe is confronting with.

Since 2013 he started a collaboration with Taik Gallery, Berlin and his work have
been included in several private collections in Europe.

A selection of four of Alexandrescu’s video works will be presented: Exercising Failure (2013), Before was Better (2013), Social Binder(2015) and The Nature of Fear (2017) Though the films present complete, independent works, they are linked to one another through the overarching subject of human relationships and our interaction with contemporary political themes. The society in which we live today has been variously termed “the post-industrial society“, the“consumer society“or the”information age“. A legitimacy crisis is shaking the political economy to the core, in what is proving to be the deepest all encompassing recession in modern history. Those eager to diagnose the condition of contemporary society speak of a shift in focus: a shift from effort to desire, from production to consumption and from the real to the virtual. We hear more and more of the simulative nature of our existence, of the power of mass control, of the structural constraints inherent in the system – whether our loyalty lies with Marx or Smith. Alexandrescu is critical, but never cynical; straightforward, without being obtrusive; personal, yet far from sentimental. He observes with the same sobriety as his protagonists and opens up a near-to dauntingly fathomless space of imagination and interpretation that lingers over their loneliness, or aloneness.

Thanks to:
Svenska kulturfonden
Suomen Kulttuurirahasto
Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet r.f.
Eugène, Elisabeth och Birgit Nygréns stiftelse

Further information:

In the background

Mirka Hämäläinen
In the background
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Pikkujätkä

In the background.
Something is happening in the background. A lot is happening in the
My paintings tell stories. Stories whose origins are in dreams and ancient
tales. Stories of those who seek something. Something, that is worth
looking for. Stories about landscapes, that change while being viewed.
Some of my work are triptychs in oil painted on wood panel primed with
acrylic gesso and some are oil on gessoed canvas.

More information:
Mirka Hämäläinen

Maimu’s Poem Corner

Maimu Brushwood
Alias Timo Tähkänen
27th June-9th July
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

Welcome to the opening on Fri 30rd June 2017 at 6-8pm!
Come as you ever want to be!
Hosted by Maimu Brushwood who serves you sweet delicacies!

Maimu Brushwood neé Huolirinta is the poem writing alter ego of Timo Tähkänen. The drag poet Maimu Brushwood first appeared on Instagram and then started publishing poem videos on her Youtube channel. Maimu’s poems often reflect love, identity, growing pains – both in growing up in the shadows of norms as well as the painfulness of growing in weight.

Maimu’s life experience can be detected in her poems. Despite her tragic experiences Maimu still wants to believe in a better tomorrow, and in peace and love.

Timo Tähkänen (1983) is a painter and a visual artist who’s work is funded with a three year grant by Finnish Cultural Foundation. Tähkänen obtained an MA in Fine Art at the Academy of Fine Art, Helsinki in 2014 and graduated as a visual artist from the University of Applied Sciences of South-Karelia in 2007.

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

For more information: Maimu Brushwood
IG and FACEBOOK: @maimubrushwood
YouTube: Maimu Brushwood

Maimu Brushwood


Mika J. Ripatti
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Pikkujätkä

I carry with me the jasmine scented perfume you wear.
I sprinkle it on the pillows in all the hotel rooms where I stay.
The scent remains in the room still after I have left
and soon the whole world will smell of you.
I wish you’d come with me somewhere here, Almond Eyes!
We’d travel together.
We’ll make babies and live like gypsies or stray dogs!
We’d build campfires in the lobbies of palaces
and piss on the walls of banks to mark our territory.
We’ll flee together like Bonnie and Clyde,
you get to choose which one to be.

Video/15 min.

Mika J. Ripatti on Vimeo:

Making of Blog:

LETTERS_trailer from Mika J. Ripatti on Vimeo.

Huuto – HilbertRaum (Berlin) exchange of exhibitions: NO NET WORKING

HilbertRaum (DE)
David Benforado, Kuno Ebert, Hannah van Ginkel, Daniel Wiesenfeld, Clemens Wilhelm

Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari Pop up & Pikkujätkä
13.5. – 28.5.2017

All Galleria Huuto’s exhibitions are open also on Ascension Day Thursday 25th May 2017, welcome!

The artist-run space HilbertRaum is pleased to present ‘NO NET WORKING’ at Huuto. Reflecting the diversity of HilbertRaum the five participating artists will show work that is quite different from each other in its artistic approach and the materials used.

In the autumn 2017 it’s Huuto’s turn to take over HilbertRaum with five of its members. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to join forces with Huuto in this exchange of exhibitions and introduce each other’s work to a new audience without the constraints and hierarchies of the commercial art world. And it’s a perfect reason to visit a beautiful, vibrant city!

See you soon in Helsinki!

An independent, non-commercial and artist-run project space running since 2015 and located in Neukölln, Berlin. HilbertrRaum is run by 16 artists, who take turns curating and organizing exhibitions throughout the year. Projects incorporate a broad range of painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation and performance.

The exchange between Huuto and HilbertRaum:
This exhibition is the first part of an exchange project between HilbertRaum and Galleria Huuto. The second part will be an exhibition arranged in September-October at HilbertRaum’s gallery with artists Mikko Kallio, Pasi Mälkiä, Minna Suoniemi, Tatu Tuominen ja Marja Viitahuhta showing their work.

Daniel Wiesenfeld: daniel.wiesenfeld(a)
HilbertRaum – Reuterstr. 31 – 12047 Berlin

Chasing Waterfalls

Sara Pathirane
Chasing Waterfalls
Gallery Pikkujätkä
22.4. – 7.5.2017

All Galleria Huuto’s exhibitions are open also on Sunday 30th April.

Sara Pathirane’s three-channel video installation’s Chasing Waterfalls subject is the human need to portray an image that has already been portrayed. Photography’s super-era, selfie sticks and human aesthetic desire to be in the landscape and to witness the landscape with a physical presence juxtaposes with performance artist’s action in a landscape. In both the human body faces the landscape in fiction. Fiction becomes reality through the forces of nature. The image is too unpredictable to be detained like an ocean on a full moon day.

The world is not a panopticon, always visible, but pankrypticon, always hiding. This makes the photography a treasure hunt to capture the unseen seen.

Chasing Waterfalls has been filmed in famous photographic location in Bali and Sri Lanka.

Sara Pathirane (1985) is a Helsinki-based visual artist. She is a graduate from the Finnish Academy of Arts (MFA). Her work deals with the tradition of landscape painting and the problematics of taking a picture. As shooting locations for her videos she uses nature areas known from movies and paintings, shifting between the everyday and the fiction. Pathirane works in video, live-installation and painting.

The exhibition has been supported by Arts Promotion Center Finland and VISEK.

Art historian Alina Belishkina’s text “The Near Side” on Sara Pathirane’s piece “Chasing Waterfalls”

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This state

Taija Goldblatt
This state
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

The exhibition is open as usual over the Easter holidays.

The animation This State studies extreme exhaustion: the nights, days and the hours in which weariness fills the room with grey. It looks at the boundaries and observes the cracks in the surfaces between the states of staying together and breaking down, between sleep and sleeplesness. These borderlines are where the crippling fatigue meets the confusing and incoherent thoughts and the expectations of parenthood.

The piece draws a visible picture of the foggy reality inside people’s homes and brings to light the experience which often remains invisible because of it’s private nature.

This State is made using a combinination of drawing, video image and animation in several superimposed moving layers. In Pikkujätkä Gallery the piece is displayed as a single-channel projection.

The exhibition has been supported by Kari Mattilan Säätiö Foundation and The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike).

More information:

Taija Goldblatt

Loose Things

Mirka Raito
Loose Things
11.3. – 26.3.2017
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

Life is loose things: loose memories, loose moments, loose thoughts, loose relationships, feelings of being loose, trying to find a connection between things or hoping to feel related to something. Life is about solving concepts and contexts. To-Do lists, odd socks, stray cats, movabels, waste, displaced persons or people who lost themselves. Takeoffs, layoffs, missing pieces, freaking out or detaching oneself from the past to be able to arrive at this moment.

Mirka Raito’s exhibition Loose Things consists of collages and paintings made of found pictures, sketches, incomplete works and photos that were still lying around in her archives, waiting for the next step. The first impulse for the new works came from an urge to clear and clean up, to sort the things which at first glance seemed to be just loose. There is something playful and meditative in putting pieces together without an urgent instinct for storytelling or the necessitity to argue for a connection between loose parts. Raito is interested in portraying worlds of the subconscious and working associatively.

Mirka Raito gets impulses from motives that disturb or fascinate her. Perhaps the motive awakens a childhood memory, feelings of tenderness, hate or hope. In her collages one can find many overlapping pictures as in a falsely combined puzzle. The pictures hide other pictures or something has been cut out of them. The viewer’s gaze collects landscapes, faces, eyes, plants and constructions in the guts of the fragmentary pictures. Sometimes there is only a few lines, a crisscross or a sketch left after the process and we are luckily back at the starting point.

More information:
Loose Things / Facebook

The Great Wall

Johan F. Karlsson
The Great Wall
18.2. – 5.3.2017
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

The exhibition The Great Wall aims to acknowledge our participation in todays image culture and its influence on a place. In Google maps, the Great Wall of China is shaped by the tourists photographic geotags that create a pattern of dots throughout the accessible parts of the wall. From this aerial perspective, each dot in the work represents the location of each individual. The Great Wall proposes a view of our collective use of photography and simultaneously demonstrates a result of mass tourism.

As individuals repeatedly leave traces of their journeys, a detailed history of presence evolves in a seamless flow of images. This is one example of the mergence of digital footprints and abstract form of mapping service. With our shared access of aerial navigation, we can identify ourselves leaving behind various patterns during our lifetimes. The images have the ability to share experiences publicly and the terrain and identity of the historical place is consumed both physically and remotely.

In the work, these aerial views of the geotags have been recreated in the form of star constellations in reference to traditional means of orientation. In the past we observed the stars and the sun’s position as main source to understand time, as well as our location in the world. The work offers a perspective of peering down on us as users of the digital environment and as the untiring performers of the photographic medium.

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Glass: Dreams, Uncertainty & Elsewhere

Jarno Parkkima
Glass: Dreams, Uncertainty & Elsewhere
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

The video Glass is a document or a trace from a period of time, when I tried to understand and express how it is to live if ones experience of reality is mainly constructed by ideals, dreams and images. Estrangement, isolation, loneliness, nonexistence and lack of interaction – these concepts say at least something about my own experience. Freedom, possibilities, being open and social, feels only ostensible – there is a glass-like wall in between an individual and his/hers external surroundings.

References to an experience of this kind of mental state and existence (or the lack of it) can be found from philosophy (especially existentialism), literature and psychotherapy. In 1968 french writer Jean Baudrillard wrote about the glass and it’s meaning: “Glass facilitates faster communication between inside and outside, yet at the same time it sets up an invisible but material caesura which prevents such communication from becoming a real opening onto the world.” This must relate to our present day as well, when “reality” is being more and more conveyed as images reflected by screens around us. We conduct these images via touch-responsive glass surfaces as well as we uphold the representation of ourselves in social media. Does the isolation protect from a friction, that arises when ideals and hopes about how we and the life lived should be, don’t correspond to how these actually appear to us?

The subject of this work is personal, yet as a result of a year-long working process there’s more questions, no answers. Perhaps the experienced isolation, the glass, is like a delusion. Perhaps the insistence to experience reality and others directly and immediately (interaction) is too idealistic. Perhaps reality and our own existence inevitably conveys and appears to us as an confusingly-interpreted image-like impression.


Glass: Dreams, Uncertainty & Elsewhere

Unwanted Situations

Mari Ljokkoi
Unwanted Situations
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

The exhibition Unwanted situations features three artworks that deal with the same topic: unwanted pregnancy and its consequences.

Each in Turn is a short video documentary where a young woman walks in the cemetery and invites three women, already dead, to have pizza with her. Together they talk about unwanted pregnancies, their consequences and possibilities to choose. Women’s rights over their own body and life have been limited and even today when abortion is legally available in Finland and around ten thousand abortions are done per year, the experiences are rarely discussed in public.

Non-father is a video work where the main character, a young man, is facing the biggest decision of his life, only that he is not allowed to decide. Man’s role as a father and fatherhood have become more significant in western culture but when it comes to unwanted pregnancies, the woman is the one to choose.

47 000 is a drawing installation showing the worldwide situation. World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that each year 47 000 women die after unsafe abortions, mostly in places where abortion is illegal.


Unsang address, Seine, Paris

Nina-Maria Oförsagd
Unsang address, Seine, Paris
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari is open on Independence Day 6th December.

Special screening and live music evening City Mirage on Saturday 17.12. at 6pm, welcome!

Unsang address, Seine, Paris – is a fictional cross-artistic documentary. It is a two-channel video work, where two different stories are played simultaneously, about a place and its historical layers as information and inspiration for the artist.

Between the riverbanks of Neuilly-Sur-Seine, Levallois-Perret and Courbevoie, is the island Ille de la Grand Jatte, as seen from above resembles an eye. On the island Claude Monet painted Le printemps à travers les branches (1878). When you walk along the riverbanks, you can manage to experience the feeling found in Monet’s paintings, while he was traveling in his houseboat. In gray contrast to the green banks and willow trees, piles up the area of Le Defénse, that started to be built in 1958, where Jean-Luc Godard filmed his futuristic feature film Alphaville (1965).

Autumn pulls away the summer drapes of the green riverbanks in Neuilly-Sur-Seine, where you still can try to grasp the feeling in Monet’s painting. The fall and winter highlights the futuristic area of Le Defénce on the other side of the river. The trees turning from impressionistic colour palette to brown uncovers behind them a towering silhouette of scrapers. Behind the facades, among and between the building blocks, one can lose himself in Godard’s world and imagery – in his futuristic spirit that was built on the architectural ideals of the area that influenced him – in time and space.

On the soundtrack, recorded in Robert de Godzinsky’s studio, improvisation together in one take, by improvisation pianist PerViktor Hjalmarsson (SE), played seeing only video channel of “Monet” and jazz bassist Ilkka Hanski (FI), played seeing only video channel of “Godard” and vocal, poetry by writer Sara Rönnqvist (FI), read seeing both video channels.

16:9, HD, 20min, stereo surround, 2016
Direction-Camera-Sound-Editing, Nina-Maria Oförsagd
Piano PerViktor Hjalmarsson, Base Ilkka Hanski, Poetry and Vocal Sara Rönnqvist
Musical Sound Recording, Robert de Godzinsky

Thank you, Grönqvistska stiftelsen, Svenska kulturfonden, Konstsamfundet

+358407151170, nm(at)


Marja Viitahuhta
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Pikkujätkä
12.11. – 27.11.2016

We live in an era determined on the one hand by the unpredictability of future, on the other hand by an increase in information and scientific knowledge, together with emerging concerns over the state of our environment and our part in relation to it. Dystopias of climate crisis, famine, immigration and widening inequality appear like nightmares that turn out to be our reality.

Predictions / Ennustuksia is a series of monologues depicting visions of the future spoken out as personal predictions by young performers. The layout is plain: speech, nothing more. Each monologue unfolds as an image described in relation to the narrator’s experience of the situation depicted. The monologues combine fiction with personal narrations and speculations of the impact of climate change. They take in account how climate change will result, in addition to extreme natural phenomena, as new political challenges, renewal of food production or struggles in sharing resources in an ethical way.

The monologues were written in autumn 2015 for a 3-hour-long performance. The themes and focuses of the texts were selected and developed together with the working crew. We took a look at how the content of these monologues, set in approximately 15 years from now, eventually differ little from the notions that we make of present day tragedies and crisis. We talked about reading news about the misfortunes of others: immigrants, unemployed, left-outs of mental health services, victims of racism or natural disasters. Via presenting these predictions as subjective and personal we hope to overcome the mechanisms of differentiation and creating otherness.

A selection of these monologues is on display in Galleria Huuto.

Thank you for support: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation


ennustuksia / teaser from Marja Viitahuhta on Vimeo.

Ten meter tower

Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck
Ten Meter Tower
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä
22.10. – 6.11. 2016

Short film 16’18 min

Our challenge and desire when working on TEN METER TOWER has been to capture precise images of people in a vulnerable state, a situation strong enough that it could work without a classical story frame. In our films, which we often call studies, we want to give priority to describe humans rather than telling a story about them.

We asked 43 people who had never been on a ten meter diving tower before to climb to its edge. By producing these images of human doubt and courage we want to approach the evolutionary instincts and social games that have formed us to this date.

Director / Camera / Editor: Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck
Producer: Axel Danielson, Erik Hemmendorff
Production company: Plattform Produktion in co-production with Sveriges Television and Film Väst / With support from the Swedish Film Institute
Creative advisors: Cecilia Björk, Kalle Boman, Ruben Östlund
Sound & Mix: Gustaf Berger, Lars Wignell / Auditory

This work is part of the series Video Guests where Galleria Huuto invites
international video works to be shown in Pikkujätkä.

La Primavera

Pauliina Turakka Purhonen & Milja Viita
La Primavera
1.10. – 16.10.2016
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Jätkä 1 and Pikkujätkä

Turakka Purhonen and Viita’s joint exhibition has been inspired by Sandro Botticelli’s tempera painting (ca. 1482) named La Primavera by Giorgio Vasari. The exhibition includes Viita’s 16 mm film with its surface hand-painted with organic marks and Turakka Purhonen’s sewn and embroidered sculptures that almost turn into flesh.

The works in the exhibition deal with the idea of spring – growth, a child’s transformation into a fertile adult, the awakening of sexuality and finally independence. The process is often painful and aggressive but a necessary part of one’s life cycle. Botticelli’s La Primavera proves that growth is an age-old theme that has fascinated humankind during all eras. It includes a promise of continuity and emergence of new nations.

More information:
Pauliina Turakka Purhonen, t.urakka(at), 0400 965 699
Milja Viita, miljaviita(at),

I Went Up the Mountain With Someone Else’s Story and Came Down With My Own

Fiona O’Dwyer
I Went Up the Mountain With Someone Else’s Story and Came Down With My Own
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Pikkujätkä

Fiona O’Dwyer’s exhibition I Went Up the Mountain With Someone Else’s Story and Came Down With My Own centers around the idea and reality of Human Movement: taking as a starting point, her connection to her family’s migration and displacement in 1950’s Ireland. Her ideas are articulated through the works’ performative nature, its relation to place and time, and its materiality. The exhibition is comprised of sculpture, video installation, drawing and photo works. The subject matter and imagery are very much rooted in a visual and sound language of an Irish landscape and the work possesses a musicality and an experiential poetic nature.

The materials and processes I use are always of precise importance. It has become ever clearer that the materials and process I return to come from my father. In these works I use berries, bronze, fur, tea, and performance, singing, drawing, collecting. The hurts and rabbit fur are for me materials of nourishment and necessity, the ritual of tea, speaks of settling and reflection.
These are slow works in their drawing out and what is extracted, through process, from the layers of memory is something new but still with trace. This tracing seems to stretch further than me in all directions, further than my time or experience, further than my knowing or narrative relayed. So in turn this new is meaning to be contemplated rather than defined. It is an ever changing thing depending on where you (or I) are standing. This idea is contained in the making with the action of looking and listening from three shifting points on a landscape becoming a defining one. What comes through as a result are echoes of a distant space in time, transposed from real points on a landscape in which a narrative or sound once existed and was played out.
What has become evident however is that I forgot the future and so it goes on.

O’Dwyer, 2016

Fiona O’Dwyer with fellow Outrider Artist Maria Kerin will also host a 4 O’Clock TEAS on Sat 10.9.2016 at 4 00 pm re-appropriating tea drinking as a site for discourse with invited Irish, Estonian and Finnish curators and artists. The Irish Ambassador Colm Ó Floinn will be present. / +353 86 8121001 / fionaodwyerart(at)

Kindly supported by:

NEW KIN – A Study of Orlando II

Jaana Rannikko
NEW KIN – A Study of Orlando II
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

On the Night of the Arts the 25th of August, the artist keeps the exhibition open until 11 pm.

I’m a midwife. I bring a new kin into the world. For five years I walk around in the museums and piece by piece, photograph thousands of portraits. In a mobile city studio I photograph portraits of people from Paris to Brussels.

I’m Dr. Frankenstein. I bring a two-dimensional tribe to life by projecting photos on top of each other, layer by layer. With selected bits I embroider a third gaze on the girl, a parrot on the boy, a collar of lace for the man and a letter of the law for the woman.

Collages, dialogues. Who’s slamming the doors? The seed grows into a bone or a tree. In the shelter of the shield and the peel. To transform, shape, mould, to change. Beginning the study again. From one season to another and back. A study for humanity. A collector’s eye.

There’s head, no tails, no shaking of legs. Sit down, I do have time.

Jaana Rannikko (b. 1978) is a visual artist from Helsinki. She deals with history, the layers of humanity and the possibilities of breaking time and space. Rannikko is interested in the soundless dialogues of the works and invites images to open their stubborn silence.

The exhibition has been supported by The Arts Promotion Centre in Finland / National Council for
Photographic Art.

More information:
Jaana Rannikko
040 585 1645

My father and I dance in outer space

Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria/USA)
My father and I dance in outer space
30.7. – 14.8. 2016
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Pikkujätkä

My father and I dance in outer space
single-channel digital video
color, sound
1 minute

The creation of My father and I dance in outer space began with a
question I had about the physical gestures of my father who is now
deceased. I wanted to visualize what it might be like if the two of us
could dance together. It could only happen in this futuristic, otherworldly
landscape. I used stop motion animation techniques to create the sense of
flight, dance and intergalactic connection.

Camera: Darcie Book and Wura-Natasha Ogunji

Wura-Natasha Ogunji

This work is part of the series Video Guests where Galleria Huuto invites
international video works to be shown in Pikkujätkä.

Solid Liquid

Laura Laukkanen
Solid Liquid – Kiinteä neste
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

We share, we study and we avoid materials with mucous properties.

Solid Liquid installation is an attempt to blur the classical physical distinction of
Viscous, sticky, foamlike, slimy matters are in constant transition phase.

Laura Laukkanen’s (b. 1984) works starting points are everyday materials that have drifted from their original function.
Solid Liquid installation contains animal based gelatin, which she has also used in her previous works.

Laura Laukkanen is founding member of Tampere Kunsthalle collective and art group “Tehonrakentajat”.

A Motion Study III

Eerika Jalasaho
Liiketutkielma III
A Motion Study III
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

Galleria Huuto is closed during Midsummer 24-26 June.

Liiketutkielma III / a Motion Study III is an interactive video work that allows the viewer to be in control of a motion through stopping and playing back videos of streaming waters. The theme of the motion studies – series is linked to the media itself that is being looked at from the art historical point of view and motion in process. The third piece of the series is on show at the first time and it focuses on dealing with process and mastering it. The vestige of the medium reflects the view of the modern digital world, identity and digital visual culture and also the relationship between digitality and nature.

Eerika Jalasaho (born 1987) is a Finnish visual and media artist based in Kuopio. Jalasaho is dealing with topics such as digital culture, social media and human experience in her works.
Her work has been supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Culture Fund and City of Kuopio.

The exhibition is organized in co-operation with Suomen AV-palvelut oy and Pukki Visuals.

The exhibition is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland North Savo Art Council.
Thank you!

Eerika Jalasaho, 0400725389, ejalasaho(a)

Thank you for the kind support from:

The exhibition is realised in co-operation with:



Attempts to Reverse Things

Heli Kaskinen
Attempts to Reverse Things
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

“It’s like playing with the past.” This is how Heli Kaskinen (b. 1981) describes her working process with the new works in the exhibition Attempts to Reverse Things at Galleria Huuto, Pikkujätkä. The works are the artist’s attempts to look into the other side of memories and to approach them from a different angle.

Opposite elements face each other in the works of Kaskinen. In her photographs ordinary objects and phenomena are being reflected in a humorous way. Just like the name of the exhibition suggests the works are attempts to reverse things on a conceptual as well as performative level. At the same time the works reveal experiences of everyday life for a wider examination through photographs and different materials and objects they present.

Kaskinen studies photography at the University of the Arts and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her works have been exhibited abroad as well as in several group exhibitions in Finland. Attempts to Reverse Things is her first solo exhibition and the productive part of her BA thesis at Aalto University School of Arts, Design in the degree program of photography.


7.5. – 22.5.2016
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

Encounter is a video installation reflecting on the human desire to approach, understand and experience an animal in the wilderness.

Wild animal life provokes curiosity and desire to observe, study and comprehend it, however there is always an “abyss of non-comprehension”, which separates us from animals. We would like to understand the nightingale’s song and interpret the gaze of a bison but they will always remain mysterious.

We are usually in a superior position pointing our technically advanced optical instruments towards animals and objectifying them through our ever-extending knowledge. Animals are observed by us, but the fact that they can observe us as well is rarely taken into consideration.

The video depicts a situation where the typical direction of the look is turned to the opposite side allowing the animal to observe the human. The animal watching the human with its impenetrable, scrutinizing gaze becomes the principal character of the work. The human is simply a passerby wandering in the mysterious, unpredictable wilderness.

Ewa Górzna (b. 1982) and Katarzyna Miron (b. 1981) both have a Master of Fine Arts degree from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland and the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. They work mainly in the field of moving image. Their videos and video installations have been shown at various solo and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad and screened on numerous international film and video festivals. Both artists currently live and work in Helsinki. They have previously collaborated on several art projects.

The exhibition has been kindly supported by:
AVEK, Helsinki City Cultural Office, Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Ewa Górzna

Katarzyna Miron

History bleeds under your fingernails

Azar Saiyar
History bleeds under your fingernails
14.4. – 1.5. 2016
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

Gallery is open also on Mondays 12-17 until first of May!
The exhibition is open also on 30 April and 1 May.

a film piece | duration: 7 minutes

“ We say ignorance is bliss. And you want to ask – to whom.“

We used to believe that being left handed could lead to criminality, stupidity, immoral
behaviour. So we tried to educate our children not to use that hand. We punished the
children, beat the bad hand. We sometimes even put a mitten to the wrong hand – and so
prevented writing with that hand.

History bleeds under your fingernails is a short film piece on the history of taming the left
hand and on the culture of educating the bodies that do not fit.

a film piece by Azar Saiyar
cinematography Joonas Kiviharju
performer Dunja Saiyar
sound design Kimmo Modig
music and installation Jari Suominen

Thank you for support:
AVEK/ media art, Arts Promotion Centre Finland/ media art
Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture

contacts: azar.saiyar(at)

Blind Stream + Paper Mirror

Saku Soukka
Blind Stream + Paper Mirror
26 March – 10 April 2016
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Jätkä 1 and Pikkujätkä

During Easter the gallery has usual opening hours (closed on Monday as usual).

My Blind Stream exhibition, which was on display last winter at the Northern Photographic Centre in Oulu and at Titanik Gallery in Turku, has been updated and it is now coming to Galleria Huuto in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki. My collection of photographs and poems called Paperipeili (Paper Mirror) will also be launched in the exhibition opening.

The Blind Stream + Paper Mirror exhibition deals with various themes such as darkness, light, love, sexuality and death. Dialogues between movement and rest as well as exterior and interior are often essential in my works. My works depict many characters and even in a first person narrative (both visual and textual) the first person character contains many different people. To bring up different phenomena and juxtaposition thereof is the most important issue.

My methods of expression are photography, video, poetry and installations. When I think about my working processes as a whole I have noticed that, irrespective of the medium, I intuitively collect visions and thoughts and through elimination, editing and different working methods they later turn into pieces of work.

Saku Soukka (b. 1982, Oulunsalo) will soon complete his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts. In addition to some solo exhibitions, his works have previously been on display as part of various group exhibitions, for example at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA), Finnish Museum of Photography, Tent Academy Awards in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and at the Studi Aperti Festival in Ameno, Italy. The photograph and poem collection Paperipeili is his first book and it will be published by Noxboox.

sakusoukka(a) / +358 40 726 8118


Maria West:
5–20 March 2016
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

The term apparition usually refers to a phenomenon that differs from the objective, material reality – possibly an immaterial or semi-material one. However, reality is subjective; we create our own reality. We see what we want to see. Our own emotional interpretations and memories are among the things that shape how we experience reality. UFO sightings and paranormal apparitions stem from our natural need to explain and complete the impalpable reality that surrounds us with simplified interpretations. This applies to the interpretation and understanding of any ordinary situtation.

Apparition is an exhibition that examines the concept of apparition via an installation consisting of image, text, objects, sound and video. From the exhibitions soundtrack one can pick up messages according to ones own interpretations. The exhibition also contains a zine, which will serve as a documentation, a proof, of the apparition of the exhibition.

apparitions come in two forms;
real & imaginary

what are those?

the question laughs at itself
obviously nothing is more real than anything else

if you imagine yourself having two left hands
then two left hands is what you have

what you get is what you see

the laws of nature are meant to be broken
or at the very least bent

there are no reliable points of reference
everything refers back to itself
a clock measures another clock, etc

how does anyone know what anything is

the evidence is right there
a miracle takes place every second

it’s all super hyper natural

The time of someone waiting is…

The time of someone waiting is…
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä
13th Feb – 28th Feb 2016

We will see wall paintings made by Iraqis in Jätkäsaari in February. Galleria Huuto invited the visual artist Heidi Hänninen to curate an exhibition of asylum seekers to Pikkujätkä. Hänninen has been supervising a wall painting workshop as one of the volunteers in Koskela reception center since October 2015. The workshop has resulted in paintings on several floors of the reception center, describing among other things the far away home country and homesickness.
In the process painting exhibition in Pikkujätkä, ink paintings will appear on the walls of the space during the hanging week and later during the opening hours, telling about continuous and tormenting waiting that echoes from all the walls more or less the same every day, always with the same colour, as black lines in different thicknesses against as empty background as always. The painters of the exhibition are participants of the wall painting workshop in Koskela reception center.

Waiting for the unknown future…
…it feels so bad to wait:
like something is dying inside, all the time,
every day feels like dying
one more time.

“When I feel the fire inside I go to smoke, it’s the only thing that can calm it down.
Sleeping and eating just keeps me alive.”

We are waiting for the sun to rise in this dark finnish winter,
sometimes it’s shining but not for long time – and it ends soon.

It’s not affecting, we can’t feel it, it’s only the light…

…and the bad finnish news prevent the heat of the sun to arrive to you.

“When I was in a jail I was waiting for the day to be free again…
And now when I’m free – and I’m “safe”, I don’t feel the real freedom and safety”.

…I’m waiting….For the startpoint to build our life (again),

the promises from the finnish government – and the well treatment from the finnish people.

Everything goes away, humanity, that they were talking about – it disappeared.

Where is it? Where are the good news – I’m waiting.

There is no more humanity in this world?

…Was it just a lie? But I believed it.

…I’m here, still waiting.


Mika J. Ripatti
23 January – 7 February 2016
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Pikkujätkä

SUBSTANDARD (video, 13 minuter)

“It has crystal clear waters and sandy beaches. Sun and fun for the whole family!”

Two elderly filmmakers are working on a mediterranean travel commercial unknowing
that the world around them has changed.

Warning! This work contains humour!


Ina Jaakkola
2.1.2016 – 17.1.2016
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Pikkujätkä

Mystic world reveals itself under the surface

In the exhibition at Galleria Huuto I am presenting two divergent videos. However they link to
each other by the notion that under the surface there are mystic and deep currents.

Flowers –video is a subjective and erotic experience of the spring. Camera dives deep into
the private blossoming realm. Everything formal and mundane disappears. The everyday
sounds sink into the background. Flowers are a depiction of sensitive person’s perception of
beauty and what might lie behind it.

Unavoidable –video is based on the notion that in the end one needs to let go of everything.
In the video I am depicting the process that reoccurs in everyone’s life; we come face to face
with inevitable problems and losses, they confuse us, we battle against them and in the end
all we can do is to accept. The greatest loss that you can encounter, is the loss of your own
life. In Unavoidable the tree, black maple, represents a growing obstacle, approaching death,
on a person’s life path. The end of the video portrays the same scene as in medieval La
Danse Macabre, the dance of death.

Ina Jaakkola
tel. 040 5523000


Galleria Huuto – Jätkäsaari
5.12.2015 – 20.12.2015
On Independence day Dec 6th Huuto Jätkäsaari is open normally from 12 to 5pm.


Wunderkammer is a group exhibition by curator Ville Laaksonen, organized at Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari in the spaces Jätkä 1, Jätkä 2 and Pikkujätkä 5.12. – 20.12. 2015. The exhibition focuses on experiencing the sensation of miracle on contemporary art. 13 artists presented are selected through an open call out of more than 150 applicants. Artist’s works form Cabinet of curiosities.

Wunderkammer is a study of a microcosm in a human mind. It acts as a key to multi-sensory experience between the imaginary and real world.

Galleria Huuto – Jätkäsaari
Tyynenmerenkatu 6 (ent. Hietasaarenkuja 6), 00220, Helsinki

Ville Laaksonen


Saara Kanerva Tamminen, Marloes van Son and Erik Parr
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Pikkujätkä

Abiogenesis refers to the emergence of order from disorder and life from the inanimate. In life order gains momentum: knowledge replaces the unknown, the factual replaces belief and technology replaces magic. The artists in the exhibition present meditations on our technological age that forms a dialogue about how the definition of knowledge occurs in different contexts. In its performative, spatial and visual works, Abiogenesis examines a world that exists somewhere between scientific explanation and subjective interpretation.

Terraforms by Erik Parr proposes an abstract topology and attempts to recreate processes found in nature. Using fire, alchemy and industrial robotics, the chaotic event of a fire is harnessed to create a simulated landscape. Terraforms is created by unique traces that are unrepeatable and irreversible, despite all attempts to control it. 

FILTER is an installation by Marloes van Son. It refers to flexible barriers, where some things can pass and others can not. The installation focuses on the right to cross these borders, by inviting people to explore the system behind the installation. FILTER controls water, sand and air to create alternating moments of light and darkness, sound and silence.

≟ are series of performative lectures held by Saara Kanerva Tamminen, dealing with ambivalent relationships toward scientific terminology and readings. The lectures investigate the history of Western science in critical and imaginative ways: witchcraft, men with beards and inexplicable nature phenomena will be presented!


MAGICK Friday 13.11. @ 6 PM (opening)
KHAOS Saturday 21.11. @ 4 PM
KOSMOS Saturday 28.11. @ 4 PM

Enjoy the ride

Maria Kalakivi
Enjoy the ride
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä
24.10. – 8.11. 2015

In my exhibition, I handle themes like existens as a human, journey of life and roles in peoples lives. Also corporality and experience of it. Looking and being seen. Facing each other and what kind of reflection and mirror it gives. Being inside and outside of the group.

Maria Kalakivi
+ 358 50 468 1355


Ilkka Pitkänen and Ilari Edelmann:
Galleria Huuto – Pikkujätkä

Jenny (2015) is a video work which is filmed with one take using documentary method. The protagonist of this video is a construction worker who walked by chance into the frame during the take. The worker who was having a break at Museum Island (Museumsinsel) in Berlin takes out his fishing equipment and starts fishing from the Spree river bank.

The event is recorded in the summer of 2014 when there was a large-scale renovation and modernization project in the area. Therefore Jenny also serves as a documentation for an everchanging environment which no longer exists as it is shown in the video.

Composer Ilari Edelmann’s music resonates with the soundscape of the surroundings and works as a counterpoint to the depictive image of the work.

JENNY (2015)
16:9 / Stereo
Duration: 9’13”
Image: Ilkka Pitkänen
Music: Ilari Edelmann

The Closed-down Village

Hanna Koikkalainen and Anne-Mari Kivimäki
The Closed-down Village
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Jätkä 2 and Pikkujätkä
12 – 27 September 2015


The next stop on the road for the traveling exhibition will be at Galleria Huuto in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki.

In September the gallery’s visitors will have a chance to explore the past and present Suistamo, a village in Russian Karelia, through Anne-Mari Kivimäki’s music and Hanna Koikkalainen’s photographs. Migration and leaving one’s home is and will always be a topical issue. Perhaps we would see the current migrants in a different light if we remembered our own history.

The Closed-down Village is a musical photographic exhibition that deals with the themes of leaving through the means of photography and music. The exhibition is part of Anne-Mari Kivimäki’s artistic research project that she is doing for the Sibelius Academy under the title Suistamo – The Laboratory of Tradition. Kivimäki’s research is based on the recordings of Suistamo-based accordion player and storyteller Ilja Kotikallio. The team inspired by Kotikallio has made excursions across the border to Suistamo, rummaged through archives and met former Suistamo residents. The multidisciplinary collaboration has resulted in a meandering visual and musical exhibition that explores evacuation, wartime, leaving one’s home and the current realities of a small Russian village.

Puhti’s short film Sijaton sielu directed by Tommi Kainulainen will also be shown at the gallery space. The short film is a combination of music, dance and silent film and it tells the story of the devil showing up in a Karelian village. The film stars Puhti members Anne-Mari Kivimäki and Reetta-Kaisa Iles as well as Timo Saari.

You are all warmly welcome!

Opening on Friday 11 September 2015 at 6 pm
Exhibition will be open 12–27 September 2015

Exhibition program:

Friday 11 September at 6 pm, Opening of the photographic exhibition

Saturday 12 September, 2 pm – 3 pm, Dancing €2.50 / €5 / €10

Wednesday 16 September at 7 pm, The Closed-down Village Concert, €5–15
Thursday 17 September at 7 pm, The Closed-down Village Concert, €5–15
Friday 18 September at 7 pm, The Closed-down Village Concert, €5–15

Concert tickets: children, students, unemployed, conscripts €5, pensioners €10, normal ticket €15

BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE: inka.yliharsila (a)
Tickets must be picked up 30 minutes before the concert.

Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari
Tyynenmerenkatu 6, Helsinki

Further information:
Fantastinen Norsu / Inka Ylihärsilä
+358 44 353 1196, inka.yliharsila (a)

Hanna Koikkalainen
Anne-Mari Kivimäki

Other exhibitions in 2015:
3–22 November, Galleria Varikko, Seinäjoki

Short film Sijaton sielu presented in Pikkujätkä as a part of the exhibition.

Sijaton sielu is a short film that combines music, dance and silent film.
It tells the story of the devil’s appearance in a Karelian village. The
movie was filmed in Karelia, Russia, in 2014. Sijaton sielu is a part of
the Anne-Mari Kivimäki’s artistic doctoral work she is doing at Sibelius
Academy Folk Music Department. Performers Anne-Mari Kivimäki and
Reetta-Kaisa Iles are members of the Puhti band. Timo Saari also appears in
the film. Directed and script by Tommi Kainulainen. Film score by Anne-Mari
Kivimäki. Sijaton sielu premiere was in January 2015.

We wish to thank:
Arts Promotion Centre Finland / Arts Council of Uusimaa
Panphonics Oy
Pyynikki Craft Brewery
Kotileipomo Riikonen Oy
Finnish Cultural Foundation
Kone Foundation
Karjalan Säätiö
Folk Extreme
Sibelius Academy’s Department of Folk Music at the University of the Arts
Finnish Music Foundation (MES)


Samuli Laine
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä
21st August – 6th September 2015

O is a short trip to oblivion. It portraits a repeating moment that loses parts of it’s original information in every replay. Eventually original visual meaning degenerates to abstract noise and sails a way in to silence. What remains when symbols shatter? Not a void but peace. The rest is silence.

O is done by printing frames to paper and exposing these prints to photocopying process. By relentlessly recopying the copies, the footage goes through a metamorphoses generated by the indefinite and approximate nature of the photocopying process. Eventually this stack of re-reproduction has been scanned and put back together as a film.

Sound by: Mitja Nylund
Film by: Samuli Laine

supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Samuli Laine

Before you know it

Tanja Koponen
Before you know it
1. – 16.8.2015

FemLink: Vital

FemLink / Vital

Video collage 43 min

Galleria Huuto’s co-operation with the international organization FemLink continues with the video collage Vital.
FemLink connects female artists from different cultures by creating common art-works, video collages. It is curated by the visual artist and curator Veronique Sapin (France) and the intermedia artist, C.M. Judge (USA).

Video collages are made of short videos (max 2 min) around a common topic. The collage is considered itself as an artistic video work, where its cultural diversity is its root and richness.

For centuries, women were forbidden access to creation but also to training and teaching. Either female artists were overlooked by history or those who transgressed the rules were regarded as inferior and relegated to what was derogatorily called “female art.”

Today, many women feel still ostracized in too many parts of the world. As artists, they must be acknowledged – this forms a major component of the Femlink mission.

FemLink’s video collages in Pikkujätkä’s summer belong to Galleria Huuto’s series Video Guests.

The artists:

Sima Zureikat (Jordan)
Evgenija Demnievska (Serbia)
Elena Arzuffi (Italy)
Samirah Alkassim (Palestinian Territories)
Kamila B. Richter (Czech Republic)
van Breest Smallenburg (the Netherlands)
Aki Nakazawa (Japan)
Véronique Sapin (France)
Raquel Kogan/Lea van Steen (Brazil)
Ana Bezelga (Portugal)
Najmun Nahar Keya (Bangladesh)
Aliaa El-Gready (Egypt)
Esther Johson (UK)
C. M. Judge (USA)
Dorte Jelstrup (Denmark)
Sigrun Hardardottir (Iceland)
Monica Dower (Mexico)
Verena Schaukal (Germany)
Alejandra Delgado (Bolivia)
Judith Lava (Austria)
Carolina Saquel (Chile)
Minoo Iran pour Mobarakeh (Iran)
Christie Widiarto (Australia)
Raya Mazigi (Lebanon)

FemLink: Resistance

FemLink: Resistance

Video collage 59 min

You can see really international video art at Pikkujätkä this summer! First we show the video collage Resistance, and 11.-26.7. you can see the video collage Vital, both from Femlink.

FemLink is an international organization connecting female artists from different cultures by creating common art-works, video collages. It is curated by the visual artist and curator Veronique Sapin (France) and the intermedia artist, C.M. Judge (USA).
Video collages are made of short videos (max 2 min) around a common topic. The collage is considered itself as an artistic video work, where its cultural diversity is its root and richness.
Two artists from Finland have taken part of FemLink’s collages: Tanja Koistila and Alli Savolainen.

For centuries, women were forbidden access to creation but also to training and teaching. Either female artists were overlooked by history or those who transgressed the rules were regarded as inferior and relegated to what was derogatorily called “female art.”

Today, many women feel still ostracized in too many parts of the world. As artists, they must be acknowledged – this forms a major component of the Femlink mission.

At Midsummer 19 June – 21 June closed!

The artists:

Maria Papacharambous (Chypre)
Rokhshad Nourdeh (Iran)
Cagdas Kahriman (Turkey)
Veronique Sapin (France)
Sabrina Montiel Soto (Venezuela)
Evgenija Demnievska (Serbia)
Prila Tania (Indonesia)
C.M. Judge (USA)
Nicoletta Stalder (Switzerland)
Anna Malagrida (Spain)
Yun Aiyoung (Korea)
Alli Savolainen (Finland)
Esperanza Collado (Ireland)
Giuliana Cuneaz (Italia)
Rachida Azdaou (Algeria)
Maria Rosa Jijon (Ecuador)
Kai Syng Tan (Singapore)
Petra Bauer (Sweden)
Graziela Taquini (Argentina)
Fatima Mazmouz (Moroco)
Yue Liang (China)
Myritza Castillo (Puerto Rico)
Bill Kouelany (Congo Brazzaville)
Rima Saab (Lebanon)
Brigida Baltar (Brazil)
Marilena Preda Sanc (Romania)
Chantal du Pont (Canada)
Felicite Codjo (Senegal)
Katia Efimova (Russia)
Carolina Saquel (Chile)
Natasha Dimitrievska (Macedonia)
Dorota Nieznalska (Poland)
Verena Schaukal (Germany)

FemLink’s video collages in Pikkujätkä’s summer belong to Galleria Huuto’s series Video Guests.



GonzoDok – Cultural Homes of Pori, first season
Galleria Huuto – Pikkujätkä

GonzoDok production team is the collaborative effort of two artists Ville
Kirjanen and Jussi Matilainen.

Matilainen is a visual and performing artist who utilizes the moving image
in its various forms. An important element of his work is collaborating with
other artists and researchers, also as apart of MRCVE group that has produced
various lectures, performances and short movies.

Kirjanen is a visual artist residing in Pori whose sculptural installations
have been seen around the country.

Both of them are actively involved in performance and exhibition projects
of the artist collective T.E.H.D.A.S.

Cultural Homes of Pori is documentary series that begun in the spring of
2014 and pays homage to the tradition of gonzo journalism. The production
team visits various homes in Pori that can be viewed through the ever
expanding definitions as being “a cultural home”. The project
challenges the established notions of what is “a cultural home” as it tries to
capture the essence of its subjects as well as to reveal something substantial about a
culture defined to a specific place and time.

The documentary series also evolves into a subjective study of two
out-of-town artists acclimating into the small town culture.

Helsinki – Savonlinna


Jaakko Ruuska & Ilmari Säävälä
Helsinki – Savonlinna
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

Video installation by Jaakko Ruuska and audio essay by Ilmari Säävälä, at Gallery Huuto, 9.5.–24.5.2015

The installation is an account of a journey from Helsinki to Savonlinna undertaken by Jaakko Ruuska and Ilmari Säävälä on foot and by canoe over the period 16.7.–12.8.2013. Ruuska grew up in Savonlinna but now has his home in Helsinki, and the idea of the hiking and canoeing expedition was to get to know the space in between these two places, a space that the two men had previously seen only through the windows of a car or train. The motivation for this lay in a desire to appreciate the nature of surroundings, which, looked at through a window, are often simply written off as ”forest”. The hikers chose their route so as to avoid roads wherever possible and to use forest tracks and footpaths. In the end about 300 out of the 450 kilometres of the journey were covered on foot and the remainder by canoe. They took the necessary equipment with them for spending the nights in the forest and for preparing their meals, and they asked for water when necessary from the houses that they passed and bought food supplies from shops. Otherwise they lived off berries, mushrooms and fish.

Helsinki–Savonlinna consists of a 15-minute single-channel videoed performance produced by Jaakko Ruuska in the course of the journey, together with two maps and Ilmari Säävälä’s readings from the notes that he made at the time, entitled Disappearing over the Horizon. This latter study, written during quiet moments on the journey, compares the experience of two people, one who disappears and the other who witnesses the disappearance.

Helsinki–Savonlinna will take place simultaneously at two venues, Gallery Huuto at the Jätkäsaari Video Corner in Helsinki (9.5.–24.5.2015, opening ceremony on 8.5.) and the Finnish Forest Museum Lusto at Punkaharju in Savonlinna (8.5–16.8.2015, opening ceremony on 7.5.). It arose originally out of Jaakko Ruuska’s documentary film project completed during 2015 with the working title The Nature of My Heart.

The performance has received support from:

The South Savo Fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Finnish Film Foundation, the AVEK Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture and the VISEK Centre for the Promotion of Visual Art

For further information, please contact:

Jaakko Ruuska, tel. +358 50 346 3424

Jaakko Ruuska (born 1981) is a film director, photographer, video and performance artist and recent father living in Helsinki who gained a master’s degree in the filming of documentaries from the Aalto University in 2012. He has been a member of the Helsinki collective of performance artists Toisissa tiloissa (Other Spaces) since 2010.

Ilmari Säävälä (born 1982) is studying puppet theatre at the Turku Academy of Art and is at present on a student exchange in Porto, Portugal. His recent works have also been performances.



Hinni Huttunen
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

A fat body is one of the most stigmatized physical features. The video SLEEVELESS / FEARLESS studies norms that define stereotypical ideas of beauty.

Cinematographer, gaffer and color grading: Jesse Jalonen
Camera assistant: Anna Puustinen

Hinni Huttunen (b.1990) has graduated as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tampere University of Applied Sciences in 2014.

Further information:
Hinni Huttunen
hinni.huttunen (at)

The Apostle


Juhani Koivumäki
“The Apostle“ Cinematic installation
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari is open during Easter holidays 3.-6.4.2015 at 12-5 pm., exceptionally on Monday also!

Same installation in different places on same year: Showroom Berliini (Berlin), Galleria Kone (Hämeenlinna), Huw Davies Gallery (Canberra), Poriginal gallery (Pori)

In short
“The Apostle” is a metaphorical short film about the ideas of Jesus of Nazareth, which are facing new forms of interpretations under the pressure of constantly changing needs of society and institutions. In the installation the film will turn on by sitting on the bench of a chirch.

According to the mystic G.I Gurjieff (1866-1949), many texts and sacraments in the Bible were meant to be interpreted directly and literally. Gurdjieff strongly emphasises the difference of the culture of that time and place, when compared to contemporary culture. He asserts that the Christian religion lost much of its radical strength when it was adopted into the commonly accepted order of society. During the lifetime of Jesus, blood had the sacred meaning of carrying part of the spirit of the one having it streaming inside. According to Gurdjieff, the apostles shared Jesus’ blood when He sensed that he would soon be taken away.

Da Vinci’s painting of the Last supper in the end of the film represents a common mental image of Jesus’ final moments. I find that there are some irrelevant assumptions around this image and in Christian religion itself.

Performance-night ”Religious experience” on Good friday 3.4. at 19- at Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari.
It doesn’t matter if you are a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindi, atheist or if you are critical about religions or conservative. These events are about religious experience itself with the means of using art. Religious experience can mean even more than any religion, so open mind is recommended.

The event is open for everyone to experince the religious experience without direct impact of any certain religion. I have found that each of the performers have a certain religious thought and motivations behind their work. Still they are very different from each other. Pentti-Otto Koskinen, Tomasz Szrama, Seppo Salminen, Maija Saksman ja Messiaaninen Visuaalisen Etiikan Tutkimuskeskus.

Further information:
Juhani Koivumäki

Suomi F. European

Sami Ala
Suomi F. European
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

Video, Suomi F. European, is polemic, provocative and full of pathos that almost turns it into a parody.  It reveals the story of the Lappish Sami people, who were forced into becoming Finnish and about a Finland that has willingly turned into a European.

10 min 4 s.

Sami Ala

Sami Ala: Suomi F. European, still

Sami Ala: Suomi F. European

Sami Ala: Suomi F. European

Sami Ala: Suomi F. European


Further information:
Sami Ala

New Skin


Ulla Kudjoi
New Skin
Galleria Huuto / Jätkäsaari / Pikkujätkä
14.2. – 1.3.2015

New Skin tells about change, as a process, which produces the interface between true and false. It is a special space without perspective. It is things that are uncontrolled but in the same time there’s a need to rule that randomness. It is a moment in innocent space of ignorance.

Change can be internally latent and a slowly progressing process. On the other hand its originating force can be an unexpected turn. Someone may call it a black swan. Change is a kind of passage from one era to another. A mixture of old and new. Change can also be a will to break – to finish and get a fresh start. First of all it’s individual. A black swan is not black for everyone.

My goal is to show single photos as a stream with a video projection. In this way their connections and meanings are forced to change all the time. I’m interested in the overwhelmingly uninhibited image culture. There might be a tragic danger to become dead to the images. On the other hand this can offer new ways to see and do photography. That motivates me to experiment with different media to exhibit visual material. Photography as a tool for expression is very common. I believe photography is a special mirror for mutual experiences.

Surrealistic, free and associative ways to juxtapose images and their subject matter inspires me. I work in cycles. My method is to record and document things, that I see. Then I give them meanings. Sometimes I change the context of things. After that I spend some time with my images. Photos change into notes or material to me and then I realize the ongoing changes between them. Images go through a process. This approach change my documents from ordinary to extraordinary. That’s the moment when image is given the meaning.

Ulla Kudjoi has graduated from Turku Arts Academy in 2002. She lives and works in Turku.

tel. +358 505706698

Possible objects


Tuomo Rainio
Possible objects
24.1. – 8.2.2015
Pikkujätkä, Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Helsinki

First photograph by Nicephore Niepce reminds us about the conflict between the image and the material. The eight hour exposure has lit up the buildings from both sides, and the light literally shines into the shadows. This twisted light deforms the view and makes it even harder to say exactly where does the image end and the ground of the image start.

Since the drawing of the light has to be captured, imprinted in to the material, a plane of glass was covered with bitumen. It was already the people in antiquity who used to collect it. It was surfacing from the bottom of the Dead Sea. Who knows, maybe it was used already in the embalming of the mummies or in the Babylonian terraces – maybe even on the steps to the tower of Babel.

The image needs its ground, its body. Sometimes the figure is vague and the background takes over: when it happens, do we know how to confront that sort of visibility?

As the sea is the original scene of the possible objects, I return to the sea and asked myself: Where do the images come from? Where do they grow, form themselves and from where they appear? In the chaotic mass of particles, where anything can be depicted, anything can happen and sometimes, very seldom the “something” happens and the possible object appears.

It seems that conflict between the image and its material background has to be reformulated in the digital era. The fundamental connection has become loose: for example digital images seem to have very little to do with the screen where they are presented. The screen can receive multiplicity of images, it can present any image – and the same time – a single image can be presented in every screen. Images can come and go, leave their bodies and travel around.

The exhibition is produced with the support of Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Further information:
Tuomo Rainio
050 3210 783