article, in the press
Broken Holiday series in Helsingin Sanomat
The leading newspaper of Finland, Helsingin Sanomat, published a part of Broken Holiday photography series on the 4th of October. The four-page article can be read behind this link:
article, in the press
Kalevassa juttu Broken Holiday näyttelystä
Sanomalehti Kalevassa julkaistiin 20.9.2020 haastattelu, jossa kerron taustoja Broken Holiday näyttelyn töistä. Toimittajana toimi Anna Pesonen-Smith ja kuvat juttuun otti Jarmo Kontiainen.
Jutun voi käydä lukemassa täältä: https://www.kaleva.fi/verna-kovanen-kasvoi-suomalaiseen-lomailukulttuuri/2896174
exhibition, exhibition opening
Broken Holiday 16.9. alkaen Oulussa Galleria 5:ssä
Oulun taiteilijaseuran Galleria 5:ssä nähdään valokuvataiteilija Verna Kovasen (s.1989) Broken Holiday -valokuvasarja. Kolme huoneen galleriatilan valtaa laaja yli 20:n kuvan kokonaisuus. Tiistaina 15.9. juhlitaan näyttelyn avajaisin turvavälit huomioiden klo 17-19. Galleria 5 sijaitsee Kulttuuritalo Valveen vieressä Hallistuskadulla Oulun keskustassa. Kuvat esillä galleriassa sunnuntaihin 4.10. saakka.
Lue lisää näyttelystä gallerian nettisivuilta.
B-Galleriassa heinäkuussa Broken Holiday -näyttely
Turun keskustassa nähdään torstaista lähtien Broken Holiday näyttely, joka pohjaa Off-season – broken dreams nimellä tunnetuksi sarjan teoksiin. B-gallerian projektitilassa näyttely jatkaa 26.7.2020 asti.
Avajaiset tänä keskiviikkona 8.7. klo 18-20. Tervetuloa!
Pori Biennale 2020 is now online!
Pori Biennale 2020 – Not to Sing Like a City Bird Sings is now open until 17th of July, visit: http://porinkulttuurisaato.org/poribiennale2020/
Kitchen Philosophy is available on the opening day 3th of July from 8am until 8pm. Visit via zoom: https://aalto.zoom.us/j/6662743550
A printed exhibition catalogue available in July 2020
Artists: 55-98 (Verna Kovanen & Krista Seppälä), Athanasía Aarniosuo, Helen Aleksandrova, Maria Andreou, Andrea Coyotzi Borja, Jernej Čuček Gerbec, Zahrah Ehsan, Pia Euro, Farbod Fakharzadeh, Saara Hannus, Henna Herranen, Vappu Jalonen, Anna Jensen, Eliisa Suvanto & Anni Venäläinen, Parsa Kamehkhosh, Marta Khrshanovskaya, Sara Kärpänen, Harri Laakso, Paola Jalili, Ilai Lehto, Lauri Linna, Saara Mahbouba, Martina Miño, Mahnaz Kh. Motazedi, Dana Neilson, Niko Tii Nurmi Sipiläinen, Tommi Ollikainen, Ragnar Rael, Taina Rajanti & Kitchen Philosophy, Miissa Rantanen, Niilo Rinne, Anne Roininen, Hanne Salonen, Shubhangi Singh, Matti Tainio, Marloes van Son, Sheung Yiu
Not to Sing Like a City Bird Sings curated by Anna Jensen and Eliisa Suvanto collects works realised by the former and present students and teachers of Aalto University’s Visual Culture (and what later became ViCCA) MA program and others familiar to the Reposaari island in 2011–2020.
The fourth Pori Biennale, Not to Sing Like a City Bird Sings, was supposed to open for public in June 2020. The focus of the biennale was to open up the archive of art works, acts and interventions realised in Reposaari over the course of years by master students of Aalto University. Similar to other projects initiated by Porin kulttuurisäätö, the core was to highlight research based practices and site-specific art, this time in a ‘nationally important built cultural environment’, as the small city in western Finland is considered. The main location was set to be an old environmental research center, once operated by the University of Turku and where many of the Aalto courses took place, whilst the rest of the biennale was planned to spread to the unique nature from forests to beaches. But like for many others, the ongoing global COVID-19 crisis forced us not only to re-evaluate these plans but also to react.
The exhibition now takes an online format (designed by Kiia Beilinson) but the archive including over 40 artists remains. This edition is documenting and exploring what kind of practices and approaches emerge when students and professionals are working outside of the metropolitan area or even city centers. So often the site-specific nature of working allows us to take a breather, spend time in unfamiliar surroundings and approach the experience with fresh eyes. It’s not about romanticizing the ‘outsider’ experience but rather ask what can happen when we allow ourselves to take a step back from the everyday, and how this steps creates new communities and new implementations. The title of the exhibition refers to this exact feeling of getting off the (often) dense and intensive city life. For us Reposaari has always been like a dream, the utopian alternative that we wanted to share with others. The fact that the embodied experience of the place is now mediated through artworks only highlights how art can create a sense of a place.
55-98 artist duo takes part to Pori Biennale IV this July
The artwork of 55-98 named Siesta Never Forget 1955-98 will make a comeback at Pori Biennale this year.
Read more about the biennale from Porin Kulttuurisäätö website: https://porinkulttuurisaato.org/projects/pori-biennale-2020-not-to-sing-like-a-city-bird-sings/
Two solo exhibitions in Finland 2020
Happy to announce that I´m gonna have two solo exhibitions this year in Finland! First, in July, I fill up the project room at B-Galleria in Turku.
And at the end of September, my works will be seen in Oulu artists association's exhibition space Galleria 5. More info later!
Have a good start of the year!
Exhibition in VS Gallery Fiskars
Last Saturday we had a pleasure to open the Off-season – broken dreams exhibition in Fiskars at VS Gallery. The opening party was a success and thanks to everyone who visited!
The exhibition can be seen free of charge at VS Gallery till the 6th of October. The gallery is located in the old granary building at the upstairs of VANJA SEA and friends shop.
At the shop, some of the silkscreen prints are in the sale and some copies of Invisibles book published in 2016.
Thank you Fiskarsin Panimo and Sweet, Bitter & Co for the sponsoring the event.
Meet the Artist event 5th of July in Korjaamo
If you haven´t yet visited in Off-season - broken dreams exhibition next week´s friday (5th of July) is a good possibility for that. I am at the gallery answering to all your questions about the works. The event will be held between 5pm-6pm just before the Salsa Fridays dance event.
Korjaamo Culture Factory
Interview in YLE Puhe Nosto program
Today at 3 pm I´ll be attending to YLE Puhe Nosto program as the guest of the day.
The interview will be about the Off-season - broken dreams exhibition and the process behind that. The program can be listened later via this link: https://areena.yle.fi/1-50167989
press, radio interview
Radio interview about Off-season - broken dreams in YLE areena
Yle Radio Suomi´s journalist Vesa Marttinen interviewed me about the Off-season - broken dreams exhibition. Listen it here: https://areena.yle.fi/1-50168277
Lovely exhibition opening at Korjaamo 29.5.
Thank you for all of the guests of Off-season - broken dreams opening held in Korjaamo 29th of May! You were over 100 people and it was a great time to talk with all of you! The exhibition is open till 4th of August and then it´s moving to Fiskars.
Thanks to Freixenet and Sweet Bitter for the drinks and photographer Mia Saarinen for these lovely images!
Off-season - broken dreams solo exhibition in Korjaamo this summer!
My solo exhibition Off-Season – broken dreams
opens soon at Korjaamo Culture Factory.
Exhibition is open every day during the whole summer
30.5.-4.8.2019 and it´s free of charge.
Welcome to the opening 29.5. at 4pm-7pm!
Solo exhibition next summer in Helsinki
Next summer there will be a solo exhibition by me in Korjaamo Culture Factory in Helsinki. The exhibition will be called Off-Season and I´ve been working on it during the last 4 years step-by-step! So exited about getting it under your eyes. So save the dates 30.5.-4.8.2019
exhibition, art fair
TRACKS is going to Miami Art Week
Video work Tracks is invited to take part to Aqua Art Miami fair, which is part Art Miami in general. The video will be screened in the event held in Miami beach during 4th - 8th of December.
Curator of the screening is X Film Femmes collective run by curator Taimi Nevaluoma. X Film Femmes is invited to the fair by SHIM art collective.
TRACKS in Elossa Film Festival 29.10.
TRACKS will be shown in Elossa film festival in Kino Tapiola on 29th of October.
The Film is selected to the screening called Reputation of Being Difficult curated by XFF curator Taimi Nevaluoma starting at 20:30 o’clock. The screening will be the Finland premiere of TRACKS and it´s free of charge. See you there!
FLUSS 2018 - the group exhibition in Austria
I'm taking part to the group exhibition in FLUSS festival in Austria. The work "TRACKS" will be part of the exhibition called Images Tropes and Narratives curated by Harri Laakso (FIN) and Martin Breindl (AUS).
More about the theme:
How do we construct contemporary narratives, and which images and tropes do we use when moving around in systems which are so dynamic that they already have escaped (artistic) control? These are the central issues addressed by the course Images, Tropes and Narratives: Sharing Control, which is co-taught by Martin Breindl and Harri Laakso (Professor of Visual Culture and Art) in the spring term 2018 at the Art Department of the Aalto University in Helsinki. How, in a joint effort, can we learn to give or share control – not just with the other artists involved in the project, but with other (human and non-human) intelligences? Artist have learned to act participatory and to invite others to take in the production of art works. But how do we deal with Artificial Intelligence, with machines and programs? With neural networks and deep learning? Or with animal intelligence, with biological systems?
Ten students from different disciplines theoretically and practically are circling the topics of control and sharing in a joint project, emphasizing the horizontal structures and working processes. An artistic research project that started at the university’s premises in Espoo in February 2018, continued in a workshop in the Marek Gallery in Schloss Wolkersdorf, and culminates in the realization of an installation that deals with the concrete place, colonizing it with different species and thereby transforming it into a new ecology of its own.
artists: Bryant Hoban (USA), Paola Jalili (MEX), Verna Kovanen (FIN), Else Lagerspetz (EST), Naya Magaliou (GR), Adrian Mc Grath (IRL), Sami Juhani Rekola (FIN), Samra Šabanović (BIH), Shubhangi Singh (IND), Sheung Yiu (HK)
Exhibition by 55-98 in Beta Space gallery
”Show must go wrong” is a video installation based on personal experiences. It is about losing one’s capability to function in the everyday life emphasizing efficiency. The work operates at the boundaries of controllable and uncontrollable – exactly where the solidity of body and mind are questioned.
How the state of matter of a person changes when being under pressure or going through a burnout. How the connection disappears. How we endlessly fight against the gravity of exhaustion.
55-98 is an artist collective by Verna Kovanen and Krista Seppälä, founded in 2017. Their works explore the culture of overload and the importance of rest.
Beta Space galleria, Otakaari 1 X, Espoo
Avoinna ma-to klo 8-20, pe klo 8-18
Open mon-fri 8am-8pm, fri 8am-6pm
Siesta 1955-98 Never Forget
Get to know our new artist collaboration -55-98, founded with Krista Seppälä.
Follow us and find out more about our first work “Siesta 1955-98 Never Forget” from our Facebook page.