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Entrotopia 2.0

Entrotopia is an international exhibition exchange project between the Helsinki Artists´ Association (HTS) and the civic association Publikum.sk from Trnava. The number 2.0 indicates the exhibition sequence within the project which started in Helsinki and in August 2019 it introduced the works of a group of six contemporary Slovak artists.

Title of the exhibition: Entrotopia 2.0
Authors: Laura Beloff, Teemu Korpela, Pia Männikkö, Mari Mäkiö, Ville Mäkikoskela, Jukka Virkunen
Venue: Jan Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, Synagogue – Center of Contemporary Art, Halenárska 2, Trnava
Curated by: Dominika Chrzanová
Opening: 6 February 2020 (Thurs) at 6 PM
Duration: 7 February (Fri) – 22 March (Sun) 2020

Duration of the exhibition is extended to March 29, 2020.

Curator's guided tour - 27 February 2020 (Thurs) at 5 PM


The exhibition presents the works of six artists – members of the HTS – Helsinki Artists´ Association. It concerns the younger or middle generation of artists who regarding the programme devote themselves to various topics, however, regarding the framework they belong to the category of artists focusing on perception of space and time.

The title of the exhibition is at the same time projected in the leitmotif of the exhibition project. It includes seemingly three different ideas. Utopia as an idea of a perfect social order which we would like to live in, dystopia – that is its very opposite and heading towards decline, and finally entropy – physical quantity connected primarily with thermodynamics, however, it is equally used to “measuring“ disorder or randomness of the system in space. Metaphorically, the project relates to transforming our ideas concerning the world into a physical form and finding solace in chaos and the global dystopian society which we are facing at present.

The chosen artists work with a question of their own as well as collective identity and memory in the context of cosmopolitanism; with the personal as well as common history. The authors present their works in the form of space installations, object, painting, sound art, and in our country also of very rare bio-art based on work with the biological material (e. g. samples of molecules or cells of organisms).

The exhibition in the Synagogue presents one – three implementations by each author and it is outlined with regard to building up a compact work. It is not only to reflect the exhibition topic, but also to react to the space of the Synagogue and to the fact that it concerns a boat in an architectural sense of the word. Also for this reason the main idea is a metaphor of a rescue boat which is not necessarily a redeem by itself, but it evokes more existential questions. Most of the presented works directly refer to water as a symbol of the present “liquid society“. Global politics, world order, and set rules are intangible power similar to water flow pulling everything down in its surroundings and there is no escaping it. Similarly, also society continually forms and loses the previous effect in the moment of change. Some presented works are a direct picture of sea level or molecular origin of the world, or they use qualities and sounds of water. Besides, the works give a view on history, on human contemplation, and a situation of present-day civilisation on the basis of decisions made by it over centuries and thus metaphorically it “has floated away“.

Dominika Chrzanová

List of exhibitors:

Laura Beloff (*1964)
In 1989, she entered the University of Art and Design in Helsinki where she completed MA programme studies at the Department of Photography in the year 1995. At the same time she attended the supplementary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, the Department of Media (field of space and time). In the year 1996, she left for the USA, the California Institute of Arts where she was granted the Fulbright stipend at the MA degree in Critical Studies and Integrated Media. From 2006 to 2011, she attended Plymouth University where she completed her PhD study. In the years 2002 – 2006, she worked as a professor at the Art Academy in Oslo, in 2009 and 2011 as a visiting professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Until last year she had worked as a professor and the head of the PhD programme at the IT University in Copenhagen.

Teemu Korpela (*1980)
In 2016, Teemu Korpela obtained the MA title at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. In 2001 – 2005, he studied fine arts at the South Carelia Polytechnic and in 2014, he was granted the stipend of the Leen Luostarinen Memorial Fund and also of the Anita Snellman Foundation. His works are found in the collections of the Finnish Art Society, Paulo Foundation, and the Museum of South Carelia. He lives and works in Helsinki and he is a member of the Finnish Painters´ Union and the Helsinki Artists´ Association.

Pia Männikko (*1971)
She started studying at the School Maa in Finland in the years 2005 – 2007. She continued at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland where she studied at the Department of Sculpture and Environmental Art and in the years 2010 – 2014, she finished MA study programme in the field of sculpture at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. She is a member of more associations: the Association of Finnish Sculptors; MUU – the Finnish Interdisciplinary Artist Association; the Helsinki Artists´ Association. Her works are represented in the collections of the Kiasma Gallery, the Finnish State Art Deposit Collection, and the Finnish Art Society.

Mari Mäkiö (*1982)
In the years 2007 – 2010, she studied photography at the Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture. In the years 2011 – 2012, she attended Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in the German city Leipzig and in 2015, completed her studies of arts by the MA degree at the Aalto University in Helsinki, also in the branch of photography. She lives and works in Helsinki.

Ville Mäkikoskela (*1975)
His art studies began in the years 1995 – 1999 when he attended Lahti Polytechnic / Institute of Fine Arts, the field of sculpture. In the years 1999 – 2001, he continued at his alma mater, that time in the pedagogical study. Finally, in the years 2004 – 2007, he completed MA study at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. He is a member of the Association of Helsinki Sculptors, the Helsinki Artists´ Association, Art Stonework – Tattarisuo Stoneworkshop, and Guild of Medallic Art in Finland. His works are in the collections of the Finnish Art Society, the Finnish State Art deposit Collection, Wihuri Foundation and in the private collections in Finland and Norway.

Jukka Virkunen (*1986)
In the years 2011 – 2014, he departed for South America where he attended the Universidade Norte do Paraná in the city of Londrina, Brazil. He accomplished the bachelor´s degree there. Since 2018, he has been studying in the MA programme at the Royal College of Art in London. His works are affected by architecture within the meaning of amounts of layers, materiality and building colourful space. He is inspired by city life and its hustle and bustle. Jukka Virkkunen has exhibited in England, Finland, and also in Brazil.

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