Finland: Jeppis Pride 2014

HETERO by Fredrika Bistöm
Photo from the series HETERO by Fredrika Bistöm

Heidi Lunabba - Studio Vilgefortis
Heidi Lunabba – Studio Vilgefortis

Jeppis Pride 2014

at Galleri Gro, Campus Allegro, Runebergsgatan 8, 68600 Jakobstad, Finland
Opening: July 25 at 18.00 – 20.00 hrs.

Jeppis Pride 2014, a queer group exhibition. It runs from July 25 through August 16 2014 in Jakobstad, Finland. Title of the exhibition refers to people belonging to sexual and gender minorities: queer people, who have the right to exist and be visible just like the other ‘normal’ (heteronormative) people. The exhibition is approaching lgbtq topics in diverse ways, but the common denominator is that queer people are moving beyond the narrow confines of the heteronormative mainstream culture.

“‘The principal is GAY!’, I read this on the wall a morning in the bike tunnel on my way to the primary school. My school then organised a serious morning assembly with the message that we should not write smear words about others on the walls. It was my first contact with homosexuality: the banned foul language. I wish all children growing up in a small town to experience a Pride festival instead of a sermon about bad language, and this is the reason why I wanted to create Jeppis Pride 2014,” said curator and artist Heidi Lunabba.

Tvattlina. photo by Ilar Gunilla Persson
Tvattlina. Photo by Ilar Gunilla Persson

Besides physical artwork Jeppis Pride 2014 will also feature performances, the participatory art project Tvättlina (Clothesline in rainbow colors) and workshops. The participating artists are Nina Albrecht, Kenneth Bamberg, Fredrika Biström, Salla Penttilä, Ilar Gunilla Persson, Heidi Lunabba, Alex Råsa Basura and Aino Vuokola. The exhibition also includes a video by Camilla Roos.

Work by Nina Albrecht
Work by Nina Albrecht

Photo by Aino Vuokola
Photo by Aino Vuokola

Related Links

Nina Albrecht and Fredrika Bistöm’s blog

Night Ship by Mox Mäkelä

Press release by Mox Mäkelä

Night Ship by Mox

Night Ship

“How high a wreck can sink, how glorious bright it can be, when the sky turns black in your eyes, the back of the sea is full of cuts and the land visible only in bruises.”

Night Ship” is Mox Mäkelä’s artwork, a sequel to the “Shepherd’s Bank” theme exhibited in the Finnish Maritime Museum in 2009, with a deeply critical, ecological overall theme. It consists of a reflector mosaic built onto the hull of a wooden pleasure craft with three deckhouses. The main material utilised is disused reflective material largely recycled from transport use. The work includes a nonstop soundscape compiled from the artist’s short films on the same theme. The work will be on display in the outdoor area of the Maritime Centre Vellamo (in the city of Kotka. Finland) from the summer of 2014 through to the summer of 2015. The work can be seen in its full splendour when it is lit and the night falls.

The second part of the work is the short film “Night Ship”, viewable online. The film takes a different approach to dealing with the deeper content of the work.

The project is realised in collaboration with the Maritime Museum of Finland.

About Mox Mäkelä

Mox is a multidisciplinary artist and an avant-garde filmmaker, who is based in Finland. Since the late 70s Mox has presented her artworks at exhibitions in Finland and in Europe. She studied art at Turku Art school 1980-1984. Mox works with sound, image and her writings, and makes installations, assemblages and short films. She makes very low budget short films, and offers the results of her work for free on the Internet. Her recent works include “idiot ibidem“, installation collection, text, film-diary, sound-diary and music adaptation, Suomenlinna, Rantakasarmin galleria, Helsinki, Finland, 2003, Human x – human and x, theme adaptation from an archive collection for the Oulu Art Museum, Finland, and the short film projects: meta matka / Children & Shepherd’s bank, published on online in 2010, and Story Ambient, a spoken word video project launched on the web in 2011.

Portraits & Wild Pain

A cross-posted INDIEGOGO campaign by Amie LeeKing

Mikki by Amie LeeKing
Mikki by Amie LeeKing, USA

Portraits & Wild Pain

My INDIEGOGO campaign is to raise funds for my first solo show at NYC’s ION Studio in late June.

My background

Hi, friends, I’m Amie LeeKing and since the 90’s I always had a camera in my hand from coast to coast at rock shows such as Sleater-Kenney, Hole, and Blonde Redhead. I have albums full of those old photos. As I progressed, I began shooting more staged imagery and had my first group show in Portland, Oregon in 2004. I sold my first photograph to a visiting French man and I knew then that I had an audience for my work.

I decided to take my passion further and I went to grad school in London at the University of the Arts and received my masters a several years ago. Beyond Portland, I have shown work in Montreal, New York, and San Francisco.

I am raising money to fund my first solo show at ION Studio in New York City from late June through September. Not only is it an opportunity to have my first solo show – something every artists strives to achieve; this particular show will cater to an audience that is ideal for my work. The selected works are images I shot over the past four years. The photographs are a mix of images of portraits and “wild pain”.

The making of the show and your help

I plan on showing 12 photographs from 16”x20” to 24”x36” mounted on aluminum. The funds raised will go to printing, mounting and shipping costs. The magnitude and time dedicated to this show involves a significant amount of effort and resources and for you detail oriented folks and photo geeks: I’m scanning and touching up medium format film, blowing-up digital prints, and working with my brother-in-law, Adrian, to render 3-D images of the space to sketch up the show i.e. this is a remote installation from 2,900 miles away, prior to the real installation!

In exchange for your generous contribution, you will receive prints, postcards, preview images and/or special thank yous!

PASSAGE & PLACE at the National Queer Arts Festival 2014

Passages & Places

PASSAGE & PLACE: a multimedia visual arts exhibition

OPENING: Sunday, June 1st
Alley Cat Books Gallery

Passage & Place is a multimedia visual arts exhibition, book project, and skillshare series that explores displacement & movement, freedom & incarceration, and home & im/migration at the intersection of queerness.

How do our individual and collective bodies affect and politicize the space around them, and how does the space around us affect and politicize our individual and collective bodies? How do our identities inform the way we understand movement/displacement and freedom/confinement? In what ways can coping mechanisms transform into intentional acts of strengthening?

Featured artists include Black Salt Collective’s Sarah Biscarra-Dilley and Grace Rosario Perkins, Paper Buck in collaboration with members of the Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), and Zeph Fishlyn in collaboration with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. Curator Lex Non Scripta and Annah Anti-Palindrome will display a collection of artwork and letters from incarcerated and non-incarcerated queers addressing ideas of and relationships to Home.

Work by Henriette Hellstern-Kjoeller
Work by non-incarcerated queer artist Henriette Hellstern-Kjoeller, Denmark, for PASSAGE & PLACE, 2014.

PASSAGE & PLACE: a print anthology on Home

For the PASSAGE & PLACE book project we have compiled a collection of written and visual artwork from queer and trans folx both inside and outside of prison, that consider and complicate the topic of “Home”. Some contributers include Virgie Tovar (author of Hot & Heavy), Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (author of Consentual Genocide, editor of The Revolution Starts at Home), Heidi Andrea Rhodes (co-founder & editor of Reveries & Rage), Ellie Krnich (co-chair of Femme Conference), Veronica Stein (Fabulous Brown Works), Jacks McNamara (author of Inbetweenland, co-founder of The Icarus Project), Banah Ghadbian (Feminist Wire), and more!

As part of reaching beyond walls, we partnered with the TGI (Transgender | Gender Variant | Intersex) Justice Project/TGIJP and Black & Pink to send the Passage & Place call for submissions to currently incarcerated LGBTQ prisoners. We received over 100 letters, poems, and artwork! A collection of these letters and images will be bound and printed into an anthology released in conjunction with the Passage & Place exhibition at the National Queer Arts Festival, 2014.

Henriette Hellstern-Kjøller a Non-incarcerated Queer Artist

Danish queer artist Henriette Hellstern-Kjøller’s artwork (above) was selected for the anthology. She is very excited as this is the second time that she is taking part in an art project under the auspices of The National Queer Arts Festival in California, USA. Henriette says: ‘In my arts practice I explore the intersection between the masculine sweaty uncontrolled animalistic expressionist art and feminism’s fighting spirit. I tell stories about equal righte, body, gender, and method with my fat white body, a body without a lot of useful skills, but with an edgy humor that can cut way (for me) through the dialogue. The body being the foundation of my works is expressed through performative videos and abstract expressionist paintings.’

About Henriette Hellstern-Kjøller

Henriette Hellstern-Kjøller is Danish artist and lesbian based in Copenhagen. She graduated from the Funen Arts’ Accademy in 2011. She works with paintings, video, performance, installations and other medias. Her works has also been selected for several exhibitions in Denmark and abroad. She made her first solo exhibitions ‘StressHat’ in Copenhagen (2012). She loves to present her queer works in a queer context and has taken part in GendErotica 2013 (Rome), Entzaubert DIY Queer Film Festival 2010, 2012 (Berlin), Queere Filmtage Zürich 2012, Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage 2010 (Hamburg) and Threads at SOMArts Cutural Center (San Francisco) 2010. Henriette is not afraid of dealing thoroughly with controversial subjects such as equal rights, power, sexuality and good versus evil.

Related Links

Other articles about Henriette Hellstern-Kjøller at Feminine Moments.

California LGBT Arts Alliance

California LGBT Arts Alliance is an alliance of California Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Artists and Arts Organizations. They include all artists, arts organizations and individuals who support their mission as part of their alliance. Their mission is “to promote artistic and financial partnerships that strengthen and deepen the cooperative relationship among Californians LGBT non-profit arts organizations and individual artists.”

California LGBT Arts Alliance organizes statewide touring exhibitions and performances that will strengthen the members’ artistic programs and they publish an e-mail newsletter.