30.5 – 11.7.2018

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Finnish visual artist, Nestori Syrjälä (1983), living in Helsinki, is currently a highly appreciated young artist on the local scene and at the same time he is represented in many collections of contemporary art in Finland (such as the world-famous Kiasma). He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland, and at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a member of the Mustarinda Association. Currently his work will be presented at the Biennale in Gwangju, South Korea.

Nestori Syrjälä is known for his interest in the issue of Anthropocene, climate change and the loss of biodiversity. He deals with the crisis in human approach to the environment and the increasing separation between man and nature. Syrjälä works with sculpture, installation, and video. He often collaborates with other artists, writers and researchers.

In the exhibition for the Klubovna Gallery, Nestori Syrjälä continues the Latour Litania sculpture cycle. Newly created works – sculptures are formed first through the light of poetry or from a certain list of words and things. These „poems“ are represented by objects of different material character – organic, anorganic, of density, time, memory, etc. They artificially accumulate and create new visual geological matter. This fantasy-geological era rethinks the current view of the statue. Matter becomes consistent and the diversity is wiped out. What were the subjects, what were the words? Who was human and what was nature?

Curator: Tereza Záchová




Interview with the author

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Statutory City of Brno, Frame Finland and Suomen Kulttuurirahasto. We thank also the Scandinavian House for media support.