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Illukka & Puranen & Vesanen-Laukkanen


Gallery Napa
Kairatie 3, Rovaniemi, Finland

Tuesday-Thursday at 12-18
Friday at 11-17
Saturday at 12-16

Sprains, Strains, Fractures exhibition contemplates on structures of the society – sprains and fractures in our conception of the past and future as well as twists of the truth. As the capitalist system strives to increase profits, complicity and segregation in the society are growing and global consumption exceeds the capacity of our planet.

In their works Illukka, Puranen and Vesanen-Laukkanen comment on our short memory of history, the rights and responsibilities of subsequent generations, and the human need to face another. Pessimistic visions meet consolation, warmth and a possibility for another chance.

Leena Illukka's installation Faceless, consisting of WW II era crutches the artist has embroidered with floral patterns, deals with our recent history and its relation to combating or accepting diversity, hate and bitterness. Waste Waltz by Silja Puranen calls for the rights of future generations and responsibilities of the present ones. The video work is based on a collaborative performance by Silja Puranen and her son circus artist Armas Lintusaari. In the corner of the black room, surfacing from darkness, the velvety giant arms of Big Hug by Virpi Vesanen-Laukkanen bring in soft consolation.

Leena Illukka is a textile and visual artist living and working in Helsinki. Her latest works are installations presented in several national and international exhibitions. Illukka's works can be found in the Finnish State Art Collection as well as in various collections abroad.

Silja Puranen is a visual artist based in Tuusula, Finland. The author of about thirty personal exhibitions and dozens of group exhibitions at home and abroad, her works are represented in Finnish and international art collections. 2009 Silja Puranen was awarded with the biggest contemporary textile art prize in Europe, The Nordic Award in Textiles.

Virpi Vesanen-Laukkanen works as a textile and visual artist. Besides more than twenty solo exhibitions in Finland and abroad, her career includes numerous joint exhibitions and commissioned works. Works of the Helsinki-based artist can be found in collections at home and abroad. 




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