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My First Year As A Communist - Painting Propaganda

MY FIRST YEAR AS A COMMUNIST

29 December 2013, Cervera de los Montes

In 2013 my biggest and most substantial project was the Homelessness Fair I curated with Jani at Hyvinkää Art Museum. Not many people visited it but I believe that in future it will will be an important chapter in the Finnish art history.

The most covered work in media was Riiko Sakkinen's Favorite Books intervention - I hid money in books of a public library in Helsinki.

I traveled for shows to Ljubljana and Gijón but obviously the most relevant experience was the two-month residency in Beirut where I did a huge series of new drawings. I also drew cakes, painted red monochromes and produced new series of objects including ceramic plates.

Additionally, I started as monthly columnist of the Finnish Cult24 Magazine. The first text was about my decision to join the Communist Party last January. First, I was worried that how my cadreship could change my art  but - surprisingly I'm doing still same stuff loaded with irony and ambivalence. Unfortunately, I have no talent for propaganda.





My Favorite Things At Home - Calor Del Hogar

MY FAVORITE THINGS AT HOME

13 December 2013, Cervera de los Montes

Playing football with my kids, kissing my wife, reading Spanish newspapers, drinking wine of our region, drinking café con leche, driving my car, walking in the forest, listening to my favorite radio morning show, working in my studio, going to the bakery of the village, cooking for my family, speaking Finnish, speaking Spanish, reading children's books, watching the fireplace, sleeping in my bed. And my mother-in-law is preparing my favorite food, cocido, on Sunday to celebrate my return.





You Haven't Seen Elephants - Riiko Sakkinen

YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ELEPHANTS

09 December 2013, Beirut

I've seen it all, I have seen the trees,
I've seen the willow leaves dancing in the breeze
I've seen a man killed by his best friend,
And lives that were over before they were spent.
I've seen what I was - I know what I'll be
I've seen it all - there is no more to see!

You haven't seen elephants, kings or Peru!
I'm happy to say I had better to do
What about China? Have you seen the Great Wall?
All walls are great, if the roof doesn't fall!

Bjork, Sjon, Lars von Trier: I've Seen It All

On Wednesday I'm going finally back home after living two months in Beirut. The Beirutis seem to love their city but to me it represents basically everything what I'm fighting against - capitalism, corruption, religious fundamentalism and sectarianism. The world is very visible in Beirut and that makes it a perfect place for my practice.

Now I feel that I never want to travel again but I know that if I don't do it, after some time, I can't work anymore. I've seen the Great Wall, but I haven't been to Peru.





My Refugee Installation - All Art Now

MY REFUGEE INSTALLATION

04 December 2013, Beirut

I didn’t manage to go to Syria but Abir sent me photos that depict my art work very present in Damascus. I did with Nisrine the last show of All Art Now before the full scale war landed in the city. Now the venue is a refugee shelter. The residents haven’t erased the titles of our works written directly on the wall with permanent marker and they have even left the semi-burned flags of Western countries I used in the opening reception performance. I think our exhibition became reality. The current condition of the leftovers of the installation might be my strongest work ever.

I chatted with Nisrine and we decided to propose Abir to do also the first exhibition in the space when the war is over and the displaced people have returned to their homes. We plan also a publication including photos of the first show, the shelter period and our new show. I hope that we can do this soon. I hope that the war ends soon.







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