Helsinki Contemporary

Market Art Fair 2016, Apr 22 – 24

21 April 2016

Market Art Fair 2016 is on at Stockholm’s Gallerian, running April 22 to 24.

The Nordic event, founded in 2006 and curated by Stephanie Hessler, has temporarily moved from its usual Liljevalchs konsthall to the rooftop of the Swedish capital’s first shopping mall, happening during Stockholm Art Week, April 19 to 24.

Exhibitors from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland include Loyal Gallery with work by Zoe Barcza, Helsinki Contemporary presenting Ville Andersson, and Belenius/Nordenhake showing Evan Roth‘s Kites & Websites.

The events programme involves talks with Chicago-based curator Omar Kholeif and Berlin-based artist Ilja Karilampi, live DJ sets from the likes of producer Katja Lindeberg and Market Projects by Sanna Marander and Niklas Tafra and Brad Troemel.

At the same time, Stockholm Art Week sees presentations across the city, including artists and collections from Moderna MuseetTensta Konsthall and Wetterling Gallery, as well as the Absolut Art exhibition curated by Francesca Gavin, Nadim Samman and Samantha Culp among others. There is also  a panel discussion ‘Art and the www’ including Jonas Lund and a workshop and discussion by Jaakko Pallasvuo at Index.

See the Market Art Fair and Stockholm Art Week websites for more details.**

Zoe Barcza, 'Shred IV' (2014). Install view. Courtesy New Scenario.
Zoe Barcza, ‘Shred IV’ (2014). Install view. Courtesy New Scenario.
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Pilvi Takala @ Helsinki Contemporary, Nov 26 – Jan 10

26 November 2015

Helsinki Contemporary launches a new solo exhibition by Pilvi Takala titled Invisible Friend and running at the art space from November 26 to January 10, 2016.

Takala (who we reviewed back at Frieze 2013) presents two works for her latest show: the Invisible Friend SMS-service and a video piece titled ‘Workers Forum’, both created out of her own experience with a “free text message service for anyone who wants to have an anonymous, personal conversation with someone who will always reply”.

“The video is based on a discussion forum for people working on the service, in which I also took part”, writes Takala. “The actual job of being an imaginary partner was interesting, but the conversations between the workers about what being an imaginary partner means were at least equally interesting. The conversations in the forum reflected a need to take responsibility for another person in a situation in which that was virtually impossible.”

See the exhibition page and the exhibition website for details. **

Pilvi Takala, 'Drive With Care' (2013). Installation view. Courtesy of the artist + Carlos/Ishikawa, London.
Pilvi Takala, ‘Drive With Care’ (2013). Installation view. Courtesy of the artist + Carlos/Ishikawa, London.
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