Anssi Pulkkinen’s commissioned work dealing with homelessness will tour from Brussels to be presented in other parts of the Benelux as well as the Nordic countries.
As part of the Finnish cultural and academic institutes’ joint project, Mobile Home 2017, the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is presenting a commissioned work by visual artist Anssi Pulkkinen that deals with homelessness. Pulkkinen’s work Street View (Reassembled) is composed of the ruins of a destroyed Syrian home that have been shaped into an installation to bring a caravan-like, touring temporary street view into a European cityscape.
Pulkkinen’s contemporary art work provokes questions around war, the loss of home, public and private space, and reality and its representation. Anssi Pulkkinen (b. 1982) is currently working towards a Doctorate at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki, and is finalising his studies in Film Directing at Aalto University. Pulkkinen’s works have previously been presented at the Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum and the Mänttä Art Festival.
For its premiere, the work was invited to be part of the programme of one of Central Europe’s most prominent arts centres, the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, which has over one million visitors every year. The work will be on display in Brussels from 22 June to 20 July in front the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts on the Rue Ravenstein, Brussels, Belgium.
After Brussels, Pulkkinen’s work will tour to the Verbeke Foundation. The work will tour in the Nordic countries in the summer and will be presented at the Göteborgs Kulturkalas festival from 16 to 20 August.
The Finnish premiere of the work will take place at the Habitare expo at Helsinki Messukeskus from 13 to 17 September. This year, the theme of Finland’s largest furniture, design and interior decorating event is Tomorrow’s home. The launch of the international essay collection that was coordinated by the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux and that explores the multiple dimensions of the work Street View (Reassembled) will also take place at Habitare. The essay collection titled Home Reassembled is published by the Dutch art publishers Jap Sam Books. The starting point for the book’s essays are the different interpretations of Pulkkinen’s work.
This contemporary art project of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux is part of Mobile Home 2017, a joint project by the Finnish Institutes in Paris, the Benelux, Berlin and London. The theme of this largest joint project in the history of these cultural institutes is home and the different meanings and ways of living. In various cities in Europe, the project offers views on and interpretations of living, homelessness and the notion of home arising from Finland’s one hundred year story.
Mobile Home 2017 is part of the Suomi Finland 100 centenary programme. The project is also supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture as well as the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. The creation of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux’s commissioned work Street View (Reassembled) is additionally funded by the Saastamoinen Foundation, Habitare as well as the Verbeke Foundation. The project’s production has been supported by the Finnish Syrian Friendship Association.
For more information about the project:
Aleksi Malmberg, Director Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, tel. +32 (0)475 764332, firstname.lastname@example.org
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