AYE / NAY / ABSENT – A Collection of Realities

In the autumn of 2013, CuMMA collaborates with EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art to create an exhibition in the museum involving its collection.

The CuMMA students deal with the past and future possibilities of the EMMA collection in an exhibition they have curated that especially focuses on works deposited around Espoo through their sites. Who encounters these works and how? Special focus is given to works that are invisible to the general public in one way or another, in for instance offices.

Citizens of Espoo who spend time with the artworks are heard in the exhibition in interviews compiled in an installation by sound designer Ari-Pekka Leinonen. The theme of the exhibition is further developed by the invited artist Freja Bäckman and the artist collective Wir Spielen. In workshops during the exhibition and a social art piece in the exhibition space, they deal with the notions of the public and the community together with the citizens of Espoo.

A large map of the public artworks of the city of Espoo, exhibited in the show, is the result of a collaboration between Freja Bäckman and graphic designer Stefania Passera. The map is also a part of a publication to be published in January 2014, with texts on the public space of Espoo by urban geographer Elina Eskelä, artist Saara Hannula and urban activist Vesa Korkkula. These articles challenge the reader to see the urban space in a different light.

The exhibition AYE / NO / ABSENT – A Collection of Realities is shown at EMMA from 13th of November, 2013 to the 2nd of March, 2014.
Ahmed Al Nawas
Helena Björk
Iida Jääskeläinen
Laura Kokkonen
Marianne Niemelä
Julia Nyman
Hanna Ohtonen
Selina Väliheikki
Artist collaboration: Freja Bäckman & Wir Spielen
Graphic Design: Stefania Passera
Sound Design: Ari-Pekka Leinonen
Collaboration on the concept: Salvatore Elefante

Exhibition construction in collaboration with EMMA staff.




Photos by Ari Karttunen / EMMA, Hanna Ohtonen / CuMMA and Mikko Raskinen / AALTO