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Pictures tell dramatic stories
by Sara Cato
Five Finns, one exhibition: Visitors have the chance to see how an artwork comes to life. And they are confronted with sensitive topics such as euthanasia.
Each drawing in the room repeats the same man in the same position. He’s lying paralyzed in a bed, his eyes facing the room. By changing only small details from one drawing to another, they manage to create a dramatic story: a man with a deadly disease, begging for euthanasia. Young artist Okko Pöyliö has chosen a tough topic for his drawings. He is one of the five Finnish artists that are part of the exhibition; Finnish artist do Brandenburg, which opened in Lychen.
It’s not an ordinary exhibition where the visitor is confronted with a finished artwork – no, here the emphasis lies in the creation of the work. Ida Koitila smiles; “I have never held an opening in an almost empty room.” She currently lives and works in Berlin, and accepted the challenge in the Uckermark with pleasure. On the wall in her room you can see the beginning of a painting and on the floor lays elements made out of plaster.
The concept of the exhibition at Lichtschloss Lychen was Pasi Granqvists idea. He looks back on a career that transformed him from a sculptor, to an installation artist and then finally into a filmmaker. Now he combines all these elements in his art. In his room, two flat screens that are facing each other, are attached to a device in the roof so they can rotate in a circle. On one of the screens you see an opera singer, and on the other a man standing, reading the Finnish national epic: An installation where the artist is dealing with the topic of communication. Pasi Granqvist came to Lychen not more than a year ago. He has the dream to create an international art center out of the former school building at the Frederike-Kruger strasse 1. The fact that four of his fellow countrymen and colleagues accepted his invitation is an important step in the right direction. While Okko already brought many of his drawings, the other artists are busy creating their own works. Meanwhile the Finns are living and working in Hohenlychen. Every Friday to Sunday between 14 and 20 o’clock, you can watch over their shoulder while they’re working. The finissage is held on the 19th of September at 18.00
Correction to the caption: Work made by Okko Pöyliö
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