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"Heli Rekula: DESERT, works from 1989-2004"
2005-02-07 until 2005-04-24
Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art
Helsinki, , FI

Heli Rekula's exhibition DESERT, works from 1989-2004 highlights one of the foremost media and photographic artists in Finland. In the past years, Rekula has been very active in both Finnish and international art scene, including participation in 2001 in the main exhibition at the Venice Biennial. In 2002 Heli Rekula was awarded the prestigious Finnish Ars Fennica prize. Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma has worked to establish a type of exhibition in Finnish art called mid-career retrospective. The idea is to identify and spotlight Finnish artists whose time span in art is long enough to provide sufficient material for a retrospective view. Rekula's production extends in many directions and is now at a very interesting juncture, as attested by the show now presented in Kiasma under the title DESERT, works from 1989-2004.

Exhibition on two floors brings together nearly all works by Rekula to date. The exhibition presents over 60 photographs from the series Portraits, Meeting with and Erotic Artist, Pilgrimage, Landscapes and Body, as well as eight video works.

"Heli Rekula belongs to that class of artists whose media, photography and video, have in recent years Rekula is not merely a master of her media, she is an interesting artist, whose works aboun in content that demands thinking also on the part of the viewer. Characteristically, Rekula's art is easy to approach on the surface whilst her topics can be very challenging", museum director Tuula Karjalainen writes in her fore word for the exhibition catalogue.

The exhibition catalogue includes articles by Maria Hirvi, Arja Elovirta and Jarmo Valkola. Rekula herself tells her own thoughts about the starting points of her work and their referential framework in an interview by Kati Kivinen.

IMAGE
Heli Rekula: Landscape no. 15
Inch Strand, 2000
HELI REKULA (detail)


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