How do artists use social media? In general like most other people: both for self-promotion and as a public diary. This experimental group exhibition looks at how artists of different generations find ways of turning social media into artistic media – often by renouncing self-promotion and allowing the diary to take over their life.
The three artists (out of a planned total of six) who are already invited have found their own ways to coexist with Instagram:
Babi Badalov (Azerbaijan/France, 1959, lives in Paris) has posted over 32,000 photographs from his walks in what used to be the workers’ areas of Paris – now home mostly to recent immigrants from Africa – and from the trips he makes to exhibit his visual poetry, his calligraphic word-images. By focusing on discarded objects left in the streets to be picked up and recycled by passers-by, he creates an ever-evolving image of collective consciousness in an era of crisis.
Jaakko Pallasvuo (Finland, 1987, lives in Helsinki) is also a prolific artist, but more eclectic in terms of the formats and techniques he uses, among them drawing, video, textile objects, puppet theatre and writing. In comparison with Badalov, his use of Instagram is less exuberant, more dedicated to recording the flow of his own practice. It is a good indication of how important this medium is becoming to artists of his generation, as a possibility of creating a Gesamtkunstwerk in progress.
Eugène Sundelius von Rosen (Sweden, 1991, lives in Stockholm), still a student at Stockholm’s Royal University College of Fine Arts, also uses Instagram both to record his daily life and to share the drawings and comic books that he produces at breakneck speed, populated by figures that appear to be both ageless and ungendered. He has referred to this practice as his ‘diary life’ and as an ongoing attempt to find out how the ‘real world’ differs from the ‘drawn world’.
All exhibiting artists will be asked to show works on paper, or drawings executed on Kohta’s walls, as well as giving visitors constant real-time access to their Instagram accounts, which will be shown on monitors.
Kohta Art Space:
Teurastamo inner yard,
Työpajankatu 2 B, building 7, 3rd floor
00580 Helsinki, Finland
Entrance through Teurastamon portti