Kuvan Kevät 2017: Alternatives to easy solutions?

The Kuvan Kevät MFA degree show of the Academy of Fine Arts will be held in Helsinki from May 6 to May 28. The exhibition showcases the works of 46 students who are about to receive their MFA degrees. Their art will be exhibited at the galleries of the Academy of Fine Arts in the centre of Helsinki, the HAM corner in Tennispalatsi, as well as a temporary exhibition space in Merikortteli.

Kuvan Kevät sets the scene for art that deals with current and topical issues and represents thoughts which have developed in the context of a university of free art. The exhibition provides an overview of various perspectives, techniques and experimentations arising from the independent thinking of the graduating artists.

Although the exhibition does not have a specific theme, Suvi Lehtinen, Lecturer in Exhibition Studies and Spatiality and the curator of the exhibition, says that the artists have paid particular attention to the challenges posed by populism in their works.

- Should we make art that is similar to populist discourse in the sense that it would also offer accessible, easily digestible ideas – ideas that would nevertheless offer a clear counter-narrative to it? Or should art be considered a space and means of experimenting with ideas, objects and visions that are complex, maybe even ultimately unknowable?

Kuvan Kevät is not only about presenting interesting and topical art; it also represents a milestone for the participating artists as they make their way towards becoming professional artists. You can take a look at how the exhibition is coming together at the Kuvan Kevät 2017 blog. The blog is written by four students, who discuss the joys and worries that are associated with a “demanding artistic thesis that should demonstrate the skills required of a Master of Fine Arts”.

Participating artists: Titta Aaltonen, Dylan Ray Arnold, Andrey Bogush, Otto Byström, Olga Dmitriev, Elissa Eriksson, Pernilla Grönberg, Lilli Haapala, Miikka Halonen, Matti Harju, Hanna Hyy, Saara Hyvärinen, Merja Isomaa-James, Kim Johan Jotuni, Emma Jääskeläinen, Iiris Kaarlehto, Minna Kangasmaa, Liisa Karintaus, Yassine Khaled, to kosie, Inka Kynkäänniemi, Eva Kärki, Arja Kärkkäinen, Maija Lassila, Tuomas Lauriala, Atro Linnavirta, Iisa Maaranen, Reija Meriläinen, Fatmir Mustafa-Karllo, Kalle Mustonen, Aino Mäntynen, Anita Naukkarinen, Akuliina Niemi, Tero Niskanen, Olga Novola, Okku Nuutilainen, Siiri Pohjolainen, Eeva-Maija Pulkkinen, Iona Roisin, Gregoire Rousseau, Mia Seppälä, Pauli Tapola, Ona Taskinen, Justin Taylor Tate, Anniina Vainonpää and Virpi Viljanmaa.

Kuvan Kevät – The MFA degree show of the Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki, May 6 – May 28, 2017

Exhibition Laboratory and an additional exhibition space, Merimiehenkatu 36 C & E
Project Room, Lönnrotinkatu 35
HAM corner, Tennispalatsi, Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission.

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