Ars Fennica

13.10.2017 - 18.02.2018

Kiasma proudly presents a joint exhibition by the five candidates for the 2017 Ars Fennica, the most prestigious art award in Finland.

The candidates are Maija Blåfield, artist couple Pekka and Teija Isorättyä, Perttu Saksa, Kari Vehosalo, and Camilla Vuorenmaa. As artists working with photography, painting, sculpture, installation or film, they reflect the diversity of Finnish contemporary art while exploring the potential of different narrative modes.

The Winner of the Ars Fennica Prize Is Kari Vehosalo

The winner of the Ars Fennica Prize Award is Kari Vehosalo. The award is for the sum of 40,000 euros. The winner was chosen by curator Beatrix Ruf and she justifies her choice in her statement as follows:

“While visiting Kari Vehosalo’s studio and seeing his installation in the Ars Fennica exhibition at Kiasma, the profound and striking experience was for me the ghostly rendering of things as we know them. Images, the history of thinking, the history of metaphor and symbol and the function of language all merge into a theatricality of disruption; in Vehosalo’s work, human desires in their many forms of cultural expression have become dysfunctional and are reconfigured.”

The visitors have also voted for their favorite at the exhibition. The winner was Teija and Pekka Isorättyä.

Fifth time at Kiasma

Ars Fennica is the largest visual arts award in Finland. It is presented annually by the Henna and Pertti Niemistö Foundation sr. The foundation was established in 1990 to promote the visual arts, to open up new international contacts for the Finnish art world and to encourage artists in their creative work.

The Ars Fennica exhibition is now being held at Kiasma for the fifth time. The award was last presented in 2015 to media artist Mika Taanila.

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In Their Own Words

Read what the artists have to say about their own works:

Maija Blåfield

Pekka ja Teija Isorättyä

Perttu Saksa

Kari Vehosalo

Camilla Vuorenmaa