Pori Biennale 2022 – Visitors

Pori Biennale 2022 – Visitors




00:00 – 00:00

Meri-Rastila, Rastila Camping & Kallahdenniemi
Opening hours: 12–17
Closed on Monday 18.7.
Extended opening hours during events
Free entry

Michaela Casková, Venla Helenius, Kaija Hinkula, Flis Holland, Kristina Sedlerova Villanen, Erika Weiste, Mirja Inkinen, Anni-Anett Liik, Inka Lönnqvist, nylon collective (Edna Huotari, Vita Edvards, Lo Leskelä and Ella Rahkonen), Tiia Roivanen, Teemu Ruissalo, FEMMA Planning, Ostaritutkimuksia, You Tell Me collective


7.7. FEMMA Planning & m{if}: Lähiölaboratorio X Pori Biennale: Pelastetaan Vuosaari! – kamppailuja historian saatossa. Sjökullan torppa at 18–20, language Finnish.
13.7. Pori Biennale 2022 opening at 17
14.7 Guided tour by You Tell Me collective
15.7. Guided tour by Hanna Seitapuro, environmental planner, city of Helsinki. 4pm (Language Finnish).
17.7. Guided bicycle tour by Ostaritutkimuksia collective
20.7. Event by Art School MAA students

The fifth Pori Biennale, Visitors, takes place in July in Eastern Helsinki. The site-specific exhibition explores the unique area from Meri-Rastila 90’s suburban architecture to the protected nature of Kallahdenniemi consisting of a beautiful ridge landscape and fragile underwater meadows. The theme, Visitors, refers not only to the producers of the exhibition – artists, researchers, guests, and curators – but also to the inhabitants, traces and signs left by the living and non-living. The exhibition looks at historical layers and how dreams, values and ideologies from different times and eras manifest themselves in the landscape. The past and the present and their ghosts appear in the neighbourhood that is currently in the center of many contradictory plans, hopes and wishes from protecting nature to increasing productivity and growth.

Pori Biennale will last for 10 days, and is mostly situated in public places from the Rastila Camping site to the Kallahdanniemi area including the old abandoned Villa Kuhlefelt. The exhibition takes the audience through the built suburban environment all the way to the coastal landscape. In addition to encountering the artworks, the guests as well as others using the area, experience various sounds, smells, terrains, eras, protected zones, empty houses, and things yet to come. Our collaboration with the environmental department of the city of Helsinki and respecting the protected Kallahdenniemi have been central parts of the process. Guided exhibition tours and public events will be organized during the exhibition.

The research-based exhibition has been realized together with the invited working group. Artists have created works responding to the surroundings and its special features. Other contributors to the exhibition are participatory urban planning office FEMMA Planning, artistic and curatorial Ostaritutkimuksia project, and You Tell Me, a collective of young architects. The process has been documented in a catalog which will be available during the exhibition. Full programme with details will be announced in July.

The exhibition is executed by Porin kulttuurisäätö collective whose practice takes different forms in different places. The collective critically observes existing structures and experiments with new forms and low-threshold approaches. The name ‘Pori’ in the context of the biennial and the collective does not only refer to a town in Western Finland, where the practice was launched but also to a state of mind and comprehending the city as a source of ideas and utopias.

Kindly supported by Kone Foundation, City of Helsinki and realized in collaboration with City of Helsinki, Rastila Camping and Y-foundation.

You can take part in the Pori Biennale – Visitors -exhibition in various ways, as a whole experience or through individual artworks.

The duration of the tour designed by Porin kulttuurisäätö is approximately 2 hours by foot.

More specific exhibition information will be announced before the opening.

Rastila Camping is located 400 meters from Rastila Metro station, at Karavaanikatu 4. Bus 816 (Kallahdenniemi) travels between Vuosaari and Kallahdenniemi. The Cultural Centre Sofia is the terminal stop, near the conservation areas.

Nature areas in Kallahdenniemi are not fully accessible. Moving in the nature conservation areas is restricted to the roads and trails.

View more info: Kallahdenniemi – an esker peninsula and underwater sandbank

Thu 14 Jul 2022 – 24 Jul 2022 00:00 – 00:00