Social art of Finland, Mexico and Senegal. 2011 – 2015
Exhibition at Helinä Rautavaara museum, Näyttelykeskus WeeGee, Espoo, Finland. 3.12.2015-31.1.2016
Social art has a communicative and participatory format in contemporary art. Helinä Rautavaara museum presented works created during the community art projects led by Nevado in Mexico, Senegal and Finland. All works deal with issues related to emotions and are made with soft materials such as fabrics and embroidery.
Dolls from women from Miramar, Patricia Tovar; Dolls from the workshop in Turku, Finland, Susana Nevado; Doll done by Jutta Kohlbeck; Patchwork done by Las Hormigas de Tanivet, Oaxaca, Marietta Bernstorff.
Artists like Patricia Tovar, Monica Ituribarría, Susana Nevado, Marjukka Irni, Marietta Bernstorff and Jutta Kohlbeck have worked with difficulties and issues related to women’s lives. Many of them are bilingual and use the native language at home and the learned language for other daily tasks. These women have shared many moments of their daily life together developing handicrafts in which shared ideas and feelings.
The exhibition covers topics such as poverty, migration and violence, but also of hope, dreams and re-encounter opportunities.
Susana Nevado, curator of the exhibition and visual artist, Finland
Mexican anthropologist Patricia Tovar art, Mexico
Marietta Bernstorff, curator of art, Mexico
Link: Group of Native women Tanivet «Tanivet ants», Oaxaca, Mexico.
Miramar group of embroiderers native women in Mixteca Alta, Oaxaca, Mexico
Group of native women embroiderers of Vicente Guerrero, Oaxaca, Mexico
Group of native women embroiderers Santhiaba, Dakar, Senegal
Group immigrants and Finnish women with their children enTurku, Finland
Marjukka Irni, art photographer and pedagogue from Finland
Link: Monica Iturribarría, Mexican artist from Oaxaca
Jutta Kohlbeck, artist, educator and housewife from Germany