Exhibitions

Hanna Heinilä, Self-portrait (1910's)
Hanna Heinilä, Self-portrait (1910’s)

In Her Country 
– Village Photographer Hanna Heinilä 

At Rauma Art Museum ground floor exhibition space 16th October 2021 – 20th February 2022

The photo exhibition In Her Country – Village Photographer Hanna Heinilä presents a large selection of photographs by Hanna Heinilä, mainly from the 1910s and 20s. The insight of Heinilä’s amateur photographs, as well as the warmth and playfulness conveyed by them, have aroused great wonder among those interested in early photography in Finland. In many ways, Heinilä can be considered an art-historical discovery that expands the ever-diversifying understanding of early photography in Finland. 

Hanna Heinilä started photographing at the age of 16 in the summer of 1906. Soon the young woman ended up photographing her hometown Luvia’s entire life. Heinilä’s own family life also appeared in the photographs. The images are valuable documentaries about Luvia a hundred years ago, as they convey the past cultural landscape, the relevance of the village community and family relationships, celebrations but also ordinary everyday life, children’s games and women’s work. The exhibition utilizes oral history as a part of its background work. 

The photographs in the exhibition have been gathered from the collections of Luvia Seor ry and Hanna Heinilä’s family. For the first time, Hanna Heinilä’s production has been exhibited this extensively. The photo exhibition is curated by Heta Kaisto. Children have been given their own section in the exhibition as well, curated by the visual artist Mollu Heino. The children’s section offers the opportunity to look at the photos in a slightly different way. Heinilä’s pictures offer a glimpse into children’s lives a hundred years ago, and the exhibition explores them with wonder and insight. 

The curators work closely with Matti Luotola from Luvia, who has done a great deal of rescue work in tracing and digitizing Heinilä’s photographs. Photographic artists Katri Lassila and Päivi Setälä have been invited to take part in the exhibition. 

In connection with the exhibition, the Rauma Art Museum and the village association Luvia Seor ry are publishing a photo book of Hanna Heinilä’s photographs. The publisher of the book is the small publishing house Parvs, which specializes in high-quality art books. 

Petra Koivisto, Shared Seas
Petra Koivisto, Shared Seas

Notes  

Petra Koivisto 
At Rauma Art Museum upper floor exhibition space 13th November 2021 – 31st January 2022

Ulvila-born Petra Koivisto (b. 1975) works on a large-scale monotype. Monotype is a method of art graphics that does not produce series, but individual prints. The image is painted or rolled onto a plate from which it is printed on a press on paper. A single, unique print is created. 

Notes exhibition opens at the upstairs of the Rauma Art Museum in November. The exhibition emphasizes the large size of Koivisto’s works. The largest prints are 2 meters wide. Her studio in Luopajärvi, Jalasjärvi, has one of the largest graphic presses in Finland. Koivisto is fascinated by the unpredictability of this technique. Technical know-how can be developed endlessly, but there are still surprises in the drafting phase. 

“In my work, a tile is like a blank page in a diary or notebook. I don’t design or sketch an image, but I want my work to be as free as possible, happening in an instant. I let things and events seen and experienced affect my work. The rolling of the tile and the paint layers are like thoughts in layers,” Koivisto says of her work. 

Petra Koivisto has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Finland. She has held numerous solo exhibitions, participated in group exhibitions, received significant grants and her works are in public collections. Notes is her first solo exhibition in Satakunta. 

The Enchantment of a Kiss and the Gaze of a Cat

Sinikka Palonen
At Rauma Art Museum’s Workshop from Friday to Sunday 13th November – 19th December 2021

Rauma Art Museum celebrates Christmas Time in the Lace Town by opening Workshop space in the courtyard for exhibition use on weekends. On display are new works by long-line Rauma artist Sinikka Palonen on two subjects: kisses and cats.

In her art, Sinikka Palonen has dealt with themes inspired by the pictorial world of different spiritual and religious traditions, but Palonen’s works also feature her own mythical symbol world, poetic images of the depressiveness and enigma of human life, images of man’s relationship with nature, life and the universe.

In the latest exhibition, the kisses continues Palonen’s previous series of cuddling and kissing couples. In the images of cats there is something old but also a lot of new. The melancholic female character in the cat works can already be found in Palonen’s works of the 1980s and 1990s, but the cat in these works is a newer subject. The black horned, broadly grimacing cat looks like a ragged-mouthed rattlesnake. The essence of the female character varies from pensive to meditative to sad, profusely tearful. The images are like dreams, like scenes from some unknown mystery play. The characters sitting in symmetrical compositions are compared to allegories of classical art and also to the dream images of surrealism.

Sinikka Palonen (b. 1948) graduated from the Finnish Academy of Arts in 1975 and worked actively as an artist ever since. He was awarded an artist’s pension in 2015.

Anu Sukanen, BELLA (2016)

Onnea on! – It’s Happiness!

Anu Sukanen
Showcase exhibition at Rauma Art Museum 13th November 2021 – 20th February 2022

The Showcase exhibition series of changing artists at the Rauma Art Museum is moving to Eino Valtonen’s Collection space. At the same time, the exhibition expands beyond the display case to the corner and wall of the space. The exhibition series for 2022 begins with artist Anu Sukanen, who combines art graphics, photography, environmental art and performance in her works. As an artist, Sukanen is inspired by non-traditional exhibition spaces, and she enjoys installing her works of art in cafés, cellars or nature spaces. For the Showcase exhibition, Sukanen presents two works. “Happiness is …” (2020) combines raku ceramics and log wood, as well as carved branches and metal. Sukanen’s  performance piece “CHAIR and BELLA” (2016) is also installed in the exhibition space. In her performances, Sukanen works closely with photographer Jari Sorjonen.

Anu Sukanen lives and works in Rauma. She began her career in textiles after graduating as an artisan weaver from the Vihti School of Arts and Crafts. She began her studies in art graphics in 1997, first at Rauma Adult Education Centre and later as Tommi-Wihtori Roström’s student. Sukanen has been active in solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions since the beginning of the 21st century. She is a member of the Association of Rauma Printmakers, Artist Association MUU and Photographic Centre Peri.