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Vesa Hjort

What remains

Jätkä 1 13.5.-28.5.2017

Vesa Hjort
What remains
13.5. – 28.5.2017
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Jätkä 1

All Galleria Huuto’s exhibitions are open also on Ascension Day Thursday 25th May 2017, welcome!

Through my exhibition, I explore a human’s image and its permanence. The paintings in the exhibition are based on sculptures from art history and focus on a human’s image and its destruction. The sculptures that I have painted are all, in one way or another, broken or destroyed images of a human. The original sculpture or image of an ideal human has become an image of violence in these paintings. The sculptures are targets of hate that someone has wanted to destroy for some reason.

I also see these paintings based on sculptures more broadly as images of a human. Through my exhibition I explore the permanence of our cultural history through images and also a more temporary aspect, a human’s image becoming a target of hate. From the perspective of art history, it is about the preservation and possible disappearance of our culture, but I also consider it to be, for example, about destroying a human’s image through online hate and identity theft. Attacking images by posing as someone else and through defamation.

Ancient sculptures represent an ideal image. They are works whose cultural value is not questioned, objects that are worth protecting. An attack on these objects targets something that is valuable and almost sacred to us. It is an attack on our culture and heritage. Similarly another person’s image is, in my opinion, sacred. It should not be attacked. If we do not respect each other, what do we respect?

The exhibition has been supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

More information:
Vesa Hjort, puh./ tel. 040 505 5028 / email: hjortvesa(a)gmail.com