There and Back Again is a decidedly home grown exhibition, showcasing the works of 26 artists from the Baltic region. The works are part of the Kiasma/Finnish National Gallery’s permanent collection and many are being displayed for the first time.
The themes of the exhibition explore the shared experiences of the artists and their origins. The context of the location and the interwoven perspectives of travel, migration, politics and sense of place and belonging are all pertinent to the artists and their home countries - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland and Russia.
The participating artists all lived through times of significant economic, political and cultural change during the 1980s and 1990s in the Baltic region and as such are united in their individual experiences of personal and cultural identity. The artists whose work appears in the exhibition are Tanya Akhmetgalieva, Roma Auškalnyte, Miķelis Fišers, Alexei Gordin, Artor Jesus Inkerö, Alge Julija Kavaliauskaitė, Flo Kasearu, Tiina Ketara, Karel Koplimets, Kris Lemsalu, Inga Meldere, Daria Melnikova, Mindaugas Navakas, Katrīna Neiburga, Jüri Okas, Anna Reivilä, Jaanus Samma, Tea Tammelaan, Maria Toboła, Jaan Toomik, Gintautas Trimakas & Nomeda Urbonienė & Elena Valiukaitė, Gediminas Urbonas, Jenni Yppärilä and Darius Žiūra.
There and Back Again will be held from Friday 9th February 2018 to Saturday 24th March 2018 at Kiasma in Finland. Tickets are €14 and more information about the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma can be found here. The exhibition is supported by the Estonian Embassy in Helsinki, the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Finland and the Lithuanian Culture Institute.
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