Category Archives: Finland

I AM LIVING AND FEELING IT

Artist talk: Sanna Pelliccioni (Finland)

We first stumbled on the joyful design of Bombo at Scandinavian Deko blog and became curious about the work and the designer behind it. Today we’ve learned that Bombo means bumblebee (in italian) and is designed by Sanna Pelliccioni, a Finnish illustrator a graphic designer. The latest collection “OMA PERHE – MY FAMILY” is a praise for magical childhood — and was born out of need to widen the idea of a family from the traditional one to all possible forms of families. As the designer herself puts it:

“Isolated Finland of my grandmother’s time is changing to a joyful and open-minded place where new ways of life are greeted with joy”

Read our latest artist talk with Sanna Pelliccioni here 

Photograph belong to Sanna Pelliccioni

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“I WOULD LIKE TO SET A TREND!”

Artist talk: Mimosa Pale (Finland)

When I think about Finland, a bridge between east and west across my mind. The Finnish people — speaking Swedish by law but in general so different from the Swedes. Their own language — Finnish — so different from everything I´ve heard. And how does the Finnish heartbeat sounds like? Same but — in some way — different?

Mimosa Pale is our first Finnish interviewee. She is an incarnation of coolness — not only because she is an interesting artist — Mimosa also runs a hat store, where she sells her own design  Our guest blogger, Elina Lajunen worked with her in Berlin and introduced us to Mimosa´s intriguing world — of hats.

The curator; Katharina Rettelbach used these kindly words to describe Mimosa:

Her artwork is a synthesis of sculpture and performance art. In her often interactive work, humour, lust and celebration lead to carnevaleque staging. She likes to switch context being it museum, theatre, street or church. She acts in cabaret shows with her singing saw, creates haute-couture for everybody and makes fashion shows in her Berlin flat. Mimosa Pale has visited various international performance art festivals and is currently running Atelier Himo in Berlin.

We are getting one step closer to the Finnish heart. Read Mimosa Pale´s interview here.

Photograph taken from Ausland-Berlin

P.s. If you are Finnish; we hope you can write an article and unveil the secrets behind the mysterious Finnish art scene. Drop us a line at konsthopp@gmail.com

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7 DAY DRUNK

Performance: 1st of October 2011 at 9 pm, ANTI  Festival (Kuopio)

We all like a drink, right?

Bryany Kimmings (UK)

Photograph by Konsthopp

She appeared barefoot on the stage, dressing like a cloud  — but still sophisticated.  “I´m a seriously bad drinker,” she shouted to the audience. “And I sleep around when I´m drunk”, Kimmings continued with a finesse “do-you-want-a-cup-of-a-tee” accent.

Let´s forget the sophistication I mentioned.

“Pussy, vagina, mirri, pillu, cunt” … “tampon socket, sausage wallet, hairy pie, nob gobbler” — Kimmings knows all the English and Finish terms for pussy. Her rich imagination float naturally, while she counted up words for our private parts like schoolchildren reciting the alphabet.

Approximately two hours later…

The viewer could book an intimate moment and share a drink with Miss Kimmings. Either the queue was too long or the drinks too strong because when it was my turn — the artist was totally wasted. She said she would only go out for one cigarette but never came back. For the first time in my life, I was stood up.

Maybe she disappeared with a hottie, one-night stand or an exotic Kuopian. Because you know — she sleeps around while she is drunk.

But sometimes you get too drunk to fuck. And Bryany Kimmings was for sure one of those people that night.

And I don´t blame her. She had been drunk for seven days.

P.s. I still miss my date with Bryany Kimmings!

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ANALOGIES CAN MAKE ONE FEEL AT HOME

Video installation: 30th of September 2011, ANTI Festival (Kuopio)

I have always loved the idea of showing art in public spaces. It is surely critical but invites involvement of a different kind, often in a very unexpected way — or in unexpected places.

“Three stories from Kuopio: change, life and time” by Elaine Kordys

Photographs by Konsthopp

Art in public spaces should be more appreciated by the people!

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BACK AND FORTH

Performance: 30th of September 2011 at 14.00

ANTI Festival (Kuopio)

Youngsters, seniors, tons of ballons, naked man; a penis.

This was basically the scenario that laid before us when we walked into the College of Social and Health Care in Kuopio, where an unforgettable performance was about to take place.


Photographs by Konsthopp

It was quite obvious that Gatëan Rusquet is a professional perfromance artist — a kind of a person that would sacrifice almost anything in the name of art. And after a little less than one hour of binding, twisting, rubbing and squeezing, you could easily witness the physical tiredness of the artist.

It’s clearly a “knockout” to be an artist in action!

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REMAKE, REBUILD AND RENEW

ANTI-Contemporary art festival:

29th of September – 2nd of October 2011 (Kuopio)

Finland was the last destination on our first alternative art tour around Scandinavia. Instead of inhaling the capital, we went straight to Kuopio – a smaller city on the east coast, where the 10th anniversary of ANTI- festival was celebrated. The theme of this year’s festival was; REMAKE, REBUILD and RENEW.

“The city center of Kuopio is undertaking a great reconstruction”

Since this was my very first time in Finland, I’d been wondering about the country and its people. Who were these Finns and what were they like?

It´s hard to infer about a nation after only staying there for couple of days. But at least I got some hints about the Finnish social behavior;

The standard greeting for Finnish people is a handshake. Hugs and kisses, even on the cheek, are only exchanged between family members and close friends. And the Finnish language. Unfortunately, it lacks a specific word for “please”, so Finns sometimes forget to use it when speaking English, even when they don’t mean to be rude.

And why do I think this is interesting? Simply, because it sounds like Iceland; my country and its people.

“The typical Finn eats a lot of potatoes (and so does the Icelandic’s)”

Over a crisp cool weekend, we got the opportunity to meet some of the world’s best performance artists, party with locals and learn couple of words in the weirdest language on earth.

If you want to see some more photos from Kuopio click here!

Kiitos paljon

“This does not need any further explanation”

Photographs by Konsthopp

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