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Thomas Nyqvist, Waste Management II, 2020-2021, öljy kankaalle, 270x270 cm. Kuva: Jussi Tiainen

Spaces of Uncertainty

12.3. - 24.4.2022

Spaces of Uncertainty asks questions about space and spatiality through visual art. The exhibition also features Helsinki as a changing city, revealing historical layers and shared experiences that transcend personal memories.

Spaces of Uncertainty invites us to consider the spatial. We can never exist outside what we may call ‘spatial practice’ and its specific rules. Historical, political and social approaches to the production of space affect everything we do, wherever we might be.

Space itself can also be an artistic medium, but spatial art doesn’t presuppose three- dimensional, sculptural or architectural means of expression. The artists in this exhibition all work with the spatial from their own perspective. The display includes installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos.

The three artists who initiated the exhibition – Thomas Nyqvist, Jorma Puranen and Lauri Astala – are best known for their activities in painting, photography, and video art. Heini Aho, Marja Kanervo and Shoji Kato work with the medium of sculpture, but create works that are environmental by nature, and which often bleed into other art forms. The exhibition presents works from Signe Brander (1869–1942) and Elias Martin (1739–1818) as well.

As part of the working group, the curator and director of Helsinki’s Kunsthalle Kohta, Anders Kreuger, has helped with the planning and display of the exhibition.


Heini Aho, Surreal Salad, 2020. Video still


Jorma Puranen, Language is a Foreign Country 1, 2001. Pigmenttivedos, 160 x 200 cm


Lauri Astala, Prototype N60°10’19.0323”; E24°56’4.2900”; +21.84m, 1998