Rauma Triennale 2019

Emma Jääskeläinen, Creator, 2017. Photo: Titus Verhe.


June 8 – September 15, 2019

The first Rauma Triennale, to be held this summer, will challenge you to consider the value of boredom – a phenomenon seemingly to be avoided at all costs in our time, the stimulus-packed era of digitalisation and globalisation. What do we lose if we give up boredom? Does boredom hide something worth holding on to?

The exhibition is hosted by the Rauma Art Museum and the abandoned shopping centre of Tarvontori. Boredom is present in the works in a number of ways: as a laborious technique, slow-paced contents or an appearance that demands it be explored without hurry. The works invite you to linger. They remind you that while boredom is tedious, dull and dreary, it also entails rest, lounging about and concentration.

A local group of schoolchildren has been invited to take part in the Triennial. They have written and produced a radio play that explores the questions of time, how it is passed and spent, boredom and presence.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Nabil Boutros, Emma Jääskeläinen, Hertta Kiiski, Maija Luutonen, Paulien Oltheten, Sari Palosaari, Martha Rosler, Jaan Toomik and Elina Vainio. The 2019 Triennial is curated by Anna-Kaisa Koski and Anna Vihma.

Rauma Triennale dates back to the Rauma Biennale Balticum, highlighting contemporary art around the Baltic Sea, that was run by the Rauma Art Museum from 1977 to 2016 and established itself as one of the most important contemporary art events in the region.

The Triennale is organised by the Rauma Art Museum and supported by the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, the City of Rauma and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Sari Palosaaren installaatio hylätyssä Tarvontorin kauppakeskuksessa.
Sari Palosaari’s installation ”It’s a silent agent doing its thing” (2016–19) in the abandoned shopping centre of Tarvontori. Photo: Titus Verhe.