until 18.11. | #1699ARTatBerlin | Toolbox presents from 27th October 2017 the exhibition “From Streets and Screens” with photo collages and photographs by the artist Juha Sääski.
The exhibition consists of three different parts whose unifying element is an aesthetic one: photo collages and photographs (motifs from the street) and photo collages (motifs from screens).
Motifs from screens are visualisations of distanced views on our relationship to the media, our addiction to them and the confusion that they create. The majority of all information is received nowadays from screens of all kinds. In my observation the mainstream media blur our sense of reality, which in turn facilitates the misuse of political and economic power.
Motifs from the streets show sad everyday views. The beggars in the photo collages are collective symbols for poverty and ousted people. The ‘suit man’ is used as a symbol for greed and selfishness and as a visualisation of what it would look like if the economical elite would beg more money on the streets, even begging from the beggars. In reality it happens, invisibly. In the photo collages, I take the role of the ‘suit man’, since we all are more or less part of the system of inequality, I myself am no exception – it is difficult to break loose from consumer society and the global social impacts that it causes.
Along with social problems and bleak human fates I see in the streets and urban surroundings asthetically, visually interesting details which are represented by the photographs in this exhibition.
My aim in juxtaposing tragical and comical elements is to express the universal paradox of human existence.
Juha Sääski 4 October 2017
Juha Sääski is a Finnish visual artist who has had six solo exhibitions in Germany: in Berlin, Nuremberg and Ulm. This exhibition is his fourth solo show in Berlin. Sääski has participated in nine group exhibitions in Germany, in Berlin, Munich, Viernheim, Mannheim and Ludwig Museum Koblenz. From 28 October to 25 November 2017 Sääski is participating in the exhibition ‘unFin(n)ish/ed-Suomi’ in Galerie Nord/Kunstverein Tiergarten Berlin.
Vernissage: Thursday, 26th October 2017, 7 p.m.
Exhibition period: Friday, 27th October to 18th November 2017Zu TOOLBOX
Image caption: Juha Sääski, Artists´and anybody´s dilemma, oil on canvas, 160 X 200 cm, 2014
Exhibition: Juha Sääski – From Streets and Screens – Toolbox Finnisch deutscher Projektraum Berlin | Contemporary Art – Kunst in Berlin – ART at Berlin