European Capital of Culture Turku 2011

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Logomo, Köydenpunojankatu 14
By bus from the city theatre

Turku is the European Capital of Culture during year 2011. During the praxis, participants have an opportunity to learn more about the Turku2011 Culture Capital programme and visit several exhibitions in the new Logomo exhibition centre.

Get to know the Turku2011 Culture Capital

During the praxis, participants have an opportunity to get to know more about the Turku2011 Culture Capital programme and visit several exhibitions in a new Logomo exhibition centre. Following exhibitions are included:

- Alice in Wonderland will be the largest exhibition of contemporary art photography ever seen in Finland. The event will provide a link between international trends and world-renowned Finnish photographic art.

Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland tells the story of a girl who enters a rabbit burrow and ends up in a weird and wonderful world. The bizarre logic of the world Alice discovered still inspires artists in the realm of visual culture today. Alice in Wondeland displays imaginary worlds, bears witness to the distortions of scale and describes Alice’s encounters with this surreal world.
This wonderland of photographic art deals with abandoned spaces and people - with fantasy meeting reality. Our Wonderland is the weird world of the Internet where people have uninhibited interaction with each other. The art in the exhibition asks relevant questions: Why does the public privacy of today’s social media fascinate us? Why do women want to become girls and men become boys? How come our private online spaces and photosharing systems have been hijacked by the politicians?

Alice is the main character of the story. In today’s world Alice is a profile being updated or a bystander on a street corner.
Art historians Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger and Elina Heikka will curate the exhibition in association with Sheyi Bankale (UK), curator and editor-in-chief. The event is being produced by the Finnish Museum of Photography.
The artists in the Alice in Wonderland exhibition will be announced during the autumn of 2010.

- Kiasma:
The Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art will attend Turku 2011 with its own two-part production in cooperation with the Kiasma Foundation. The production showcases two centrepieces of the Kiasma media collection: Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s video installation WHERE IS WHERE? - MISSÄ ON MISSÄ?, 2008 and Isaac Julien’s video installation WESTERN UNION: Small Boats, 2007.

The pieces are connected by the history of colonialism in Europe. Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s video installation explores how two cultures met in Algeria at the end of 1950s when the nation aspired to independence. Isaac Julien’s video installation highlights illegal migration around the Mediterranean in a visual and poetic manner. In the work, refugees driven by war and famine travel by boat from Libya to Sicily seeking a better life.

This is the premiere for both large-scale installations. The works will be presented one after the other in Turku during 2011. The Kiasma exhibition is thematically linked to the Africa theme of the ARS11 Exhibition.

- Tom of Finland
The legendary homoerotic works of Tom of Finland have become iconic stereotypes of masculine gay men throughout the world. Many people will be surprised to learn that arguably the most internationally acclaimed Finnish artist comes from Kaarina, a neighbouring town to Turku. Now, Tom of Finland alias Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991) is coming home!

The Homotopia organisation (from Liverpool in the UK) will provide Turku with an extensive collection of Tom of Finland’s works, from sketches made during his early years to later works. The works in the exhibition will come from the Tom of Finland Foundation collection in Los Angeles. Along with the exhibition, public lectures will take place on queer culture and its associated visual arts.

- Only a game?
Football is a major factor in boosting national spirit, but can it also open our eyes to other cultures? Can we view Europe in a different light through football? How does football unify and separate us? Why do I enjoy football?

A groundbreaking exhibition, which will showcase the people behind football, the people on playing fields, on amateur pitches and in stadiums. Dreamers, players and supporters are all members of one huge family.

Produced by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), this is an exhibition for the entire family which will immerse visitors in the emotional surge of football and present the most prestigious awards and memorabilia from the last five decades, brought together with breathtaking images from major matches in Europe.

This exhibition has been staged previously in Brussels, Liverpool and Istanbul. Turku will feature a newly updated version of the exhibition, produced by Album from Belgium and supported by UEFA and Turku 2011 Foundation.

Logomo – Culture Brings Old Engineering Workshop Alive
The former engineering workshop located in the heart of the old industrial area, close to Turku Railway Station and the city centre, is now called Logomo. With the advent of the Capital of Culture year, the facility will be reborn as a hub for events and activities.
The old engineering workshop will be renovated by its current owner, the construction company Hartela Oy. The spaces at the far ends of the building, consisting of nearly 9,000 square metres, will host long-running exhibitions and major performances during 2011 and, in addition, the venue will host a café and a 2011 shop.

Logomo will become a key attraction and experience for the Capital of Culture Turku and its visitors and will be open to visitors every day of the week from 15 January to 15 December 2011.

Host: European Capital of Culture Turku 2011 Foundation

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