Rauma Biennale Balticum 2016 Vulnerability

Rauma Biennale Balticum 2016 Vulnerability
Rauma Art Museum June 18 - September 18, 2016

Rauma Biennale Balticum 2016 Vulnerability, is a collective poetic convocation considering different aspects and understandings of the fragility of existence, as seen through a choice of artworks from the Baltic Sea region and beyond. The exhibition explores various manifestations of this undeniable quality of life, bringing together ways in which we humans have dealt with it, and their implications. The artists reflect on biological, historical, political, economic and technological conditions that create differential possibilities – or impossibilities – and distributions for the flourishing of human and non-human life. Through creative means, the artists also address differing critical views and responses concerning dominant and highly questionable conceptions of vulnerability today.

The concept of Vulnerability brings us closer to what it means to be human in this world and to our notions of reality. The meaning we give to this essential quality of life and the way we cope with it tell us much of how we exist. Throughout the history of mankind vulnerability has been lived as inherent to life, as a vexatious expression of complex relations and tensions that animate life (and death) in mysterious forms, respectfully and ecologically indelible. More recently, modernity came with another desire that underplayed vulnerability. Together with colonialism and settler logic, it created the myth of a Cartesian, sovereign and autonomous Imperial Self that could elevate itself above nature and other humans and master them – highlighting independence, self-sufficiency, rationality, accumulation and exploitation. Vulnerability and interdependency became intolerable, and another set of relations detached from the body, environment, emotions and community was applied globally.

Such self-contained contradiction brought new complexities and contours to our understanding and experience of vulnerability, and our approach to it, paradoxically intensifying the precariousness and fragility of human and non-human life. Our inherent dependency on natural, material, economic, institutional, psycho-social and spiritual realities as well as our mutual interdependency on one another that constitute our vulnerability – and therefore our survivability – are now operated by and through complex power relations and new technologies. Consciousness and thought processes construct our image of the world according to available information. The kind of infosphere in which we live strongly affects our worldviews, while at the same time images are being (re)produced with political and economic interests in order to frame and shape our cognitive and affective responses and make-believe.

Today, the model of understanding and acting our human persistence and flourishing based on the disavowal of our vulnerability is being contested by other. more ecological, embodied, contextualised, regenerative and egalitarian viewpoints. New practices recognise the finite nature of existence and different sensitive worldviews that have been historically sequestered.

Vulnerability is an invitation to rethink, feel and discuss our understanding of such a notion through the contributions of artists from different countries and backgrounds. After all, this exhibition is an affirmation of vulnerability as a crucial condition of survival.

The artists in the exhibition are:
ChtoDelat (RU), Jeannette Ehlers (DK), Serina Erfjord & Magnus Oledal (NO), Hanna Husberg (FI/SE), Polina Kanis (RU), Grada Kilomba (PO/DE), Anton Krohn & Daniel Petersson (SE), Ignas Krunglevičius (LT/NO), Petri Kuljuntausta (FI), Anda Lāce (LV), Kristiina Ljokkoi (FI), Jumana Manna (PS/DE) & Sille Storihle (NO/DE), Maritta Nurmi (FI), Dominik Ritszel (PL), Anna Shkodenko (EE), Jenna Sutela (FI).

In 2016 Rauma Biennale Balticum is part of a larger cooperation project in the Baltic Sea region. The Baltic Sea Culture Centre in Gdansk (Poland) has developed the concept of the Baltic House project within the Seed Money Facility EUSBSR in which the Rauma Art Museum (Finland) and Färgfabriken (Sweden) were the two other main partners. The first “trial” exhibition and auxiliary events in the framework of “The Baltic House LAB 2015” (co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage) took place in Gdansk last September. Some of these artworks can be seen at the Rauma Art Museum this year.

The exhibition is curated by museum curator Hanna Kaski, museum director Janne Koski and PhD Candidate Gerardo Montes de Oca (Mexico/Austria). The official patron of the exhibition is Jenni Haukio, Spouse of the President of the Republic of Finland. The visual identity of the exhibition is created by Double Happiness. Rauma Biennale Balticum is part of the Ars Baltica cultural network of the Baltic Sea region.

The Rauma Art Museum has a long history of cooperation in contemporary art in the Baltic Sea region. Rauma Biennale Balticum 2016 Vulnerability is the 16th biennial of the Baltic Sea Region. Since 1985, Rauma Biennale Balticum, arranged by the Rauma Art Museum, has presented every second year an overview of topical contemporary art of the Baltic Sea region. The series of showings began already in 1977, when the first Gulf of Bothnia Biennial was held at Rauma, assembling artists from the coastal towns and cities of Finland and Sweden.

ANDA LĀCE, Harsh Words (2012)

Anda Lāce, Harsh Words, 2012

Parallel program

April 23 – May 22, 2016

An educational exhibition project related to the theme of the Biennale Balticum 2016 exhibition by teacher students of the Turku University, Department of Teacher Education in Rauma.

Underwater - art, music and environmental acts in Rauma
June - August, 2016

Artists Maritta Nurmi, Kristiina Ljokkoi and Petri Kuljuntausta concentrate on the theme of ecologic balance of aquatic nature in the Baltic Sea.

The Union for Rural Culture and Education is responsible for producing the artworks in association with Rauma town, Rauma Art Museum, RaumArs Artist-in-Residence Programme and Äänirasia. Financial support has been provided by foundations Kone, Keskitie and Samuel Huber, Arts Promotion Centre of Satakunta Region and the Finnish Institute in London.

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Rauma Biennale Balticum Laboratory: Vulnerability Matters
August 18 – 24, 2016

Through a series of talks, (anti)lectures and field work, this process oriented laboratory expands on the theme of the Rauma Biennale Balticum. Participants are invited to rethink and feel possible understandings of frailty of existence. The group will reflect on historical conditions in relation to the Nordic region and beyond that have produced differential possibilities – or impossibilities – and distributions for the flourishing of human and non-human life.

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Synthia - synthesizer music at Rauma Art Museum
Regenbot, Radiolaari, Wojaz

September 16, 2016 at 6 pm

In Regenbot science meets art. The modular synthesizer is an everchanging art work based on long time research. Radiolaari follows the Berlin School tradition looking for the perfect sequence. Wojaz is a journey inside and through, where the forces carry and where there is no guarantee for return.

The RAUMA BIENNALE BALTICUM 2016 - VULNERABILITY exhibition is supported by, among others, Rauma town, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Euroports Rauma, TVO and Siemen-Flora.

RBB16 sponsors

For more information, please contact:
Museum Director Janne Koski, janne.koski@raumantaidemuseo.fi, Tel. +358 (0)440 224154
Curator Hanna Kaski, hanna.kaski@raumantaidemuseo.fi, Tel. +358 (0)440 224155
Ph.D Candidate Gerardo Montes de Oca Valadez, gmov@raumantaidemuseo.fi, website: Gerardo Montes de Oca

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