Terike Haapoja (FI): Gravitation

Tuesday 19.9. – Thursday 21.9.
12:00 – 18:00 G12 Gallery | Maaherrankatu 9

Welcome to the opening on Tue 19th at 12 am!

Friday 22.9. – Saturday 23.9. 
11:00 – 16:00 G12 Gallery | Maaherrankatu 9

Photographies and book preview

Gravitation marks a turn to a more intimate, direct approach in Haapoja’s practice. The series of c. 80 photographs are born from a personal urgency that bypasses discourse. Created at fast pace during a time of severe physical and emotional distress, the images reveal moments of desire, mortality, abandonment and agency, objectification and the desire to become an object. The exhibition presents selected prints from the series alongside a preview of the upcoming publication Gravitation (2017).

The series is a beginning of a new line of work that will be developed under the umbrella title “Freedom series”. After extensive practice on the question of the nonhuman, Haapoja’s new work will be looking at what have we become as humans: how our individuality, our desire to be free or the desire to give away our freedom, is constructed.

Terike Haapoja, the winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art 2016, returns to Kuopio with a series of new works!

See also her festival works Studies on Freedom I and Studies on Freedom II!

©Terike Haapoja 151024_dark encounter. From the series Gravitation
©Terike Haapoja 151024_dark encounter. From the series Gravitation

Terike Haapoja (FI): Gravitation

Terike Haapoja (FI)

Terike Haapoja is a Finnish visual artist based New York. Haapoja’s political interventions, large scale installation work and writing investigate the mechanics of othering with a specific focus on issues arising from the anthropocentric world view of western modernism.

In 2016, we became the first Finnish winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art!

Terike Haapoja - Photo: Liisa Jokinen
Terike Haapoja - Photo: Liisa Jokinen

Haapoja’s utopian societal institutions, such as Party of Others (2011–) or the collaboration with writer Laura Gustafsson, History of Others (2012 – ongoing), activate the world around them, bringing structures of exclusion and inclusion into light. In recent projects Haapoja has approached law as a performative space where reality is constructed.


Terike Haapoja (FI): Gravitation

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