Anna Eriksson: M – The Rituals of a Lonely Bitch
September 5 – November 22, 2020
Matti Pyykkö and Heta Kaisto, curation
Artist Anna Eriksson (born in 1977, Rauma) drew attention with her first film M in 2018. The film was nominated at the Venice Film Festival, after which it has won awards in Europe and the United States. Eriksson was responsible for the direction, script and the sound design of the film. She also played the provocative leading role herself.
M is the protagonist of the film, but also a reflection of Eriksson’s subconsciousness and a challenge that has helped her to slough off her skin. M is a character that hovers between reality and fiction, a tedious bitch that Eriksson channels with visual experimentations, autosuggestion, performance and the iconography of popular culture.
“M – The Rituals of a Lonely Bitch” is Anna Eriksson’s first exhibition. It continues Eriksson’s artistic work around the themes of sexuality and death and presents Eriksson’s creative process as personal, raw and bare. The movie inspired by Marilyn Monroe has already faded to the background. This is about the woman called M, and her grotesque, self-ironic and tragic world.
The exhibition consists of five new video artworks and a photograph installation. The other curator of the exhibition is Matti Pyykkö, who works as Eriksson’s cameraman. The exhibition contains intense picture and sound material. It is not recommended for sensitive viewers or underage people without adult supervision.
Kosti Koskinen – Comments on the Diary of a Common Man
December 12, 2020 – to be informed later
Henna Paunu and Heta Kaisto, curation
In September 1973, Kosti Koskinen (1905–1983), an artist from Rauma, decided to start keeping a diary. He states that the reason for this was simply wanting to pay attention to what he was thinking. A year earlier he had moved away from his rental apartment located in Kuninkaankatu 37, where an art museum had just been opened up. The artist was missing his old home tremendously.
In his first entry, Kosti Koskinen quotes the words of the poet Novalis: It is certain that my belief will reach an indefinite victory the moment someone else believes in it.
This wish presented by the artist acts as the focal point around which this unique exhibition is built, revolving around the diary that was written during 10 months in 1973 and 1974. This diary offers insights into the cultural history of the city of Rauma, ponders on the eternal issues of humanity and goes through the hardships, illnesses and defeats of a humane life. The entries tell of a widely learned and deeply empathic artist who was decades ahead of his time in reflecting on the actions of man in relation to animals and the environment.
“Comments on the Diary of a Common Man” brings together experts and artists from different fields to comment on the artistic conviction, life and work of Kosti Koskinen. The exhibition offers insights on marginal history, on the everyday realism and the zeitgeist of the life of an artist, as well as on the production of Kosti Koskinen, who was talented in many different fields of art. The exhibition is executed as part of the Ars Rauma series by Rauma Art Society. At the same time it is the jubilee exhibition of the 50-year-old Rauma Art Museum.