19th of June to 11th of August – Kunsthalle Helsinki
Villa Karo, the Finnish-African Cultural Centre in Grand-Popo, Benin, has over the past 10 years served as a residence for almost 300 Finnish artists. To celebrate the anniversary, Kunsthalle Helsinki will organise an extensive exhibition to explore the impact of the residence and life in Benin on Finnish residency artists and their work. For some the result has been an immediate artistic rebirth, for others, a subconscious influence that has only surfaced later. The colourful jubilee exhibition features work by 50 artists: paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, moving images, comics, design, applied art and architecture.

The exhibition is curated by Maija Koskinen, Director of the Kunsthalle. The artists are Heini Aho, Victor Amoussou, Anna Alapuro, Kaisu Aro, Hanna Arvela, Stefan Bremer, Alvar Gullichsen, Tuula Heinilä, Outi Heiskanen, Johanna Hyrkäs, Sampsa Indrén, Marja Junnikkala, Sade Kahra, Jouni Kaipia, Päivikki Kallio, Kapa, Soili Kokkonen, Irene Koumolou, Pertti Kukkonen, Kari Lindström, Inkeri Makkonen, Tuija Markonsalo, Juha Menna, Tapani Mikkonen, Eila Minkkinen, Maria Munsterhjelm, Teemu Mäki, Marja-Liisa Mäki-Penttilä, Susana Nevado, Hilkka Niemi, Lauri Nykopp, Aino-Kaarina Pajari, Leea Pienimäki, Tamara Piilola, Merja Ranki, Ulla Rantanen, Nalle Ritvola, Katri Ruotsalainen, Jaakko Rönkkö, Tini Sauvo, Heli Schultz, Anneli Sipiläinen, Kasper Strömman, Päivi Takala, Ilona Valkonen, Adolfo Vera, Milja Viita, Ilkka Väätti, Timo Wright, Eero Yli-Vakkuri.

The Kunsthalle shop, Kiosque, will for the duration of the summer transform into an African-style bazaar with products from Benin. In addition to the exhibition, the public is treated to a corollary programme that presents a varied picture of African culture.

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