Dissolving Frontiers

Dissolving Frontiers Installation view 3

Dis­solv­ing Fron­ti­ers, Gal­ley Augusta/HIAP, Install­a­tion view, Photo: Hertta Kiiski

Dissolving Frontiers Installation view 2

Dis­solv­ing Fron­ti­ers, Gal­ley Augusta/HIAP, Install­a­tion view, Photo: Hertta Kiiski

Dissolving Frontiers Installation view 1

Dis­solv­ing Fron­ti­ers, Gal­ley Augusta/HIAP, Install­a­tion view, Photo: Hertta Kiiski

Dissolving Frontiers Installation view 2

Dis­solv­ing Fron­ti­ers, Gal­ley Augusta/HIAP, Install­a­tion view, Photo: Hertta Kiiski

Dissolving Frontiers Installation view 5

Dis­solv­ing Fron­ti­ers, Gal­ley Augusta/HIAP, Install­a­tion view, Photo: Hertta Kiiski

Dissolving Frontiers Installation view 6

Dis­solv­ing Fron­ti­ers, Gal­ley Augusta/HIAP, Install­a­tion view, Photo: Hertta Kiiski

The artists of the exhib­i­tion: Brett Bloom & Bon­nie For­tune (Copen­ha­gen), Fernando Garcia-Dory (Mad­rid, Mal­lorca), Tue Green­fort (Ber­lin), Khaled Ramadan (Beirut, Nico­sia), Hanna Hus­berg (Stock­holm) & Laura McLean (Lon­don), Mari Keski-Korsu (Hel­sinki, Sulkava), Tonka Maleković (Zagreb), Nestori Syr­jälä (Helsinki).

The exhib­i­tion is co-curated by Jenni Nur­men­niemi (HIAP, Hel­sinki) and Jussi Koitela (Helsinki).

There is wide­spread belief in the cap­ab­il­ity of “mod­ern” soci­et­ies’ to ration­ally solve com­plex social, polit­ical, and eco­nomic prob­lems and to cor­rect the mis­cal­cu­la­tions of earlier gen­er­a­tions. These soci­et­ies are seen to have developed through pro­gress­ive steps from prim­it­ive to more advanced modes of exist­ence, with the fruits of this civil­iz­a­tion pro­cess – mod­ern sci­ence and tech­no­lo­gical innov­a­tions – hav­ing provided the tools for con­tinu­ing the pro­gress of the mem­bers of these soci­et­ies on Earth.

This assumed pro­gress has taken place within the frame­work of nation states. Their suc­cess has been meas­ured by eco­nomic growth derived from con­sum­ing the resources of Nature.

An under­stand­ing of Nature as sep­ar­ate from human cul­ture has provided an end­less source of oth­er­ness, and a pleth­ora of spe­cial­ized dis­cip­lines have prom­ised to offer human­kind all the know­ledge needed to bene­fit from it.

Para­dox­ic­ally, in light of obser­va­tions and research from over the last four dec­ades, it seems that these assump­tions have brought the eco­sys­tem, of which the human spe­cies is a part, into a drastic state of imbal­ance. Des­pite sig­nals on a plan­et­ary scale of trans­form­a­tions caused by human activ­it­ies, the main­stream mind-set is still set in the mode of end­less eco­nomic growth and pro­gress. How­ever, the con­vic­tion of human cap­ab­il­ity to handle eco­lo­gical, social, and cul­tural crisis, has begun to waver.

This brings about an increas­ing sense of urgency for new approaches, under­stand­ings and skills. Space has to be made for spec­u­la­tion and uncer­tainty, instead of try­ing to cling on to exist­ing truths.

The exhib­i­tion Dis­solv­ing Fron­ti­ers at HIAP Gal­lery Augusta finds its struc­ture from the ten­sion between mod­ern­ist modes of organ­ising human life and the need for new per­spect­ives that require decom­pos­ing and unlearn­ing its assumed truths, as well as the adop­tion of more spec­u­lat­ive approaches.

The rear exhib­i­tion hall is ded­ic­ated to art­works by Khaled Ramadan, Hanna Hus­berg & Laura McLean, Nestori Syr­jälä and Tonka Maleković. In their dif­fer­ent ways, they deal with dis­ap­pear­ance, either anti­cip­ated or actu­al­ised, as well as with roots, tra­di­tions and traces of what remains after some­thing that has once exis­ted will dis­solve into some­thing else.

In Malekovic’s Garden Circles a nearly 40-year-old com­munity garden of one of the largest apart­ment blocks in Europe is bull­dozed in one day without warn­ing. Ramadan, with his doc­u­ment­ary Mal­dives to be or not (2013), provides per­spect­ives on the mod­ern­isa­tion pro­ject of the Mal­dives and its politi­cised eco­logy. In their col­lab­or­at­ive video work, also Hus­berg and McLean take a look at the Mal­dives and spec­u­late on pos­sible futures for this nation state anti­cip­ated to dis­solve into the ocean within the next cen­tury. Nestori Syrjälä’s new video focuses on a sub­ject­ive, embod­ied exper­i­ence of eco­lo­gical crisis.

The front space provides an open plat­form for new approaches and spec­u­la­tion. Over the course of the sum­mer 2014, artists Tue Green­fort, Fernando Garcia-Dory, Mari Keski-Korsu, and Brett Bloom & Bon­nie For­tune will make their marks and leave traces in the space. Their con­tri­bu­tions open up new per­spect­ives on exist­ence on Earth by look­ing at ques­tions of new tech­no­lo­gies and ter­rit­ory, the dynamic of the urban and the rural, the secrets of the plant world, com­mu­nic­a­tion between humans and other spe­cies, and through find­ing new ways of listen­ing to and being embed­ded in our environment.

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