Opening times: Tue 10 – 19, Wed & Thu 12 – 18, Fri & Sat 11 – 15
(translated from Swedish)
Sara Bjarland explores the polarities in the relationship between man and nature; the artificial versus the natural, the living versus the dead, the moving versus the still, object versus living being. She is especially fascinated by materials and objects that usually belong to an overlooked part of her everyday environment; residues from the consumer society like discarded, broken objects, small pieces of trash found on the street, or withered houseplants that have been abandoned next to the garbage bin. Bjarland pays attention to the overlooked and insignificant, and therefore gives these things a new meaning.
In her exhibition at the Finnish institute, Bjarland presents five works that explore these themes. In all the works a transformation or metamorphosis is taking place; an ordinary, manmade material or object turns into something organic, living or moving, or something in between the stages of life and death. Plastic bags blossom into flowers, hundreds of tiny pieces of plastic waste are transformed into micro organisms, a broken object is animated into a living being, which perhaps is just about to die, and the death struggle of an insect becomes a beautiful choreography. The works invite the viewer to come closer and to look more carefully, to discover something they do not see at first glance.
A text by Gertrud Sandqvist will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.