NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

The Need installation deals with the need for an accepting human touch. Touch is one of our first experiences in life, and the lack of touch is one of the most harmful things to an individual. The exhibition constructs a landscape where the lack of touch makes one build something between oneself and others, something through which they could compensate for the experience of loneliness and missing out. This protective layer covers the vulnerable flesh and a living yearning.

Härkönen’s works often portray physical experiences of an individual in relation to a community, experiences that are difficult to verbalize. They urge the viewer to stop and let the subtle elements form spaces where one can place oneself in a landscape of otherness, separateness and experiences of alternate realities. The minimalist and meditative works form as a result of the combined effect of visible structures, an empty space and the viewer’s presence.

Suvi Härkönen earned her BA in Fine Arts from the Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts and MA in Visual Culture from Aalto University. She mainly works with experiential and spatial installations. Härkönen’s works have been on display at both solo and group exhibitions since 2009. She lives and works in Porvoo.

The artist’s work has been supported by Svenska kulturfonden and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Further information:

Gallery name: Galleria Huuto

Address: Eerikinkatu 36 / Kalevankatu 43, Helsinki

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12:00 - 17:00

Open: 18.09.2020 - 11.10.2020