Excess and Ascesis (sponge), c-print, 2010


From 14 of January 2011 to 13 of March 2011 – Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma | Finnish National Gallery

Saara Ekström (b. 1965) creates innovative combinations using different techniques in her videos, photographs and installations. She is interested in natural and artificial materials that embody strong symbolic values.
This major exhibition presents a review of the artist’s wide-ranging work over the course of ten years. The charged moods in the works range from the poetic to the grotesque, from exposed to concealed. Ekström shows how familiar everyday things and objects can have a secret
life.

The themes in the works include humanity and femininity, which the artist approaches through the use of metaphors. “I like the unpredictability and surprising qualities of materials. Some of the works can become fragile or disappear, others are preserved forever. I do not use materials as an end in themselves, they support the themes I address in my work. I use them in an attempt to create a whole that is simultaneously seductive and repulsive,” Ekström says.

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