Join us for another installment of Labyrinths and Rings, a platform for artists, filmmakers, and other creative practitioners to present their work in a friendly, fun atmosphere. L&R events always feature food and refreshments and a DJ.
Tonight we're pleased to welcome two Helsinki-based artists, Bita Razavi & Jaakko Karhunen.
Bita Razavi is an Iranian contemporary artist based in Helsinki. She studied bachelor of music performance in Tehran Art University and master of fine arts in Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. She mostly works with video, installation and photography. Socio-political criticism, art history, collaboration and collective memory are the essential elements in her works. Razavi had her first solo exhibition in Israel under the name of an Israeli artist, which was a manifestation against political games between Iran and Israel. She has shown works in Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Third New Art Biennial of Tehran, first Trondheim biennial and Thessaloniki biennial.
Jaakko Karhunen has made his master degree in Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. He is the founding member of the artist-run gallery and collective Oksasenkatu 11. After graduation he has mostly exhibited his work under pseudonyms and heteronyms, and worked extensively in collaboration with other artists and in collectives. His primary medium is installation, as that is the generic medium that can accommodate all other media. The thematic focal point of his artistic practice is the subject, the formation of subjecthood through ideology. Karhunen has exhibited in museums in Finland and abroad. He also curates shows for Oksasenkatu 11, and has been to several international residency programs.
As always, each artist will give a brief presentation of their work followed by a moderated question-and-answer forum.