8 Oct 2021 – 9 Jan 2022
Spectrum – Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Art
The exhibition boasts a wide-ranging offering of contemporary art, which depicts the diversity of gender and sexuality. With this exhibition, the museum is taking a stand on equality and introducing new voices to the debate on this subject.
The exhibition shows photography and videography pieces, installations, sculpture and Finnish ryijy rugs. The work deals with gender, identity development and experiences with discrimination, but also liberation, pleasure, intimacy and caring.
Some of the artists will be presenting their own work, dealing with personal identity issues: The exhibition will serve as the premiere of Artor Jesus Inkerö’s video, in which he ponders the ideal home of a queer person. In her video piece, Illusia Juvani unabashedly demands space for her own femininity. Emma Sarpaniemi poses in embraces with her friends, showing the friendship and trust between girls in her photography.
Some of the exhibition pieces take a documentary approach: Heidi Lunabba’s work is made up of collectively curated material from a workshop held at WAM. In a series of photographs by Jenni Holma, non-binary people explain how they cope with the expectations of society. Minna Havukainen’s video piece presents persons from the BDSM community sharing thoughts on what it means for them to be kink.
Support for the queer community is important for many people who belong to a gender or sexual identity minority. Indeed, the exhibition was arranged in co-operation with artists, experience experts and associations. Turun seudun Seta ry – LGBTQIA+ Rights in Turku area, Sateenkaariperheet ry – Rainbow Families Finland, and Turku Pride ry participated in the planning. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication, in which a number of authors make insightful observations concerning the exhibition works and reflect them in their own experiences. Representatives from a variety of fields were chosen as the authors, many of whom are themselves members of a gender or sexual identity minority. The introduction of the publication was written by the Turun seudun Seta ry chair Taija Ahlstedt.
Exhibition artists: Jacob Dahlgren, Minna Havukainen, Jenni Holma, Riikka Hyvönen, Artor Jesus Inkerö, Illusia Juvani, Enni Kalilainen, Teemu Keisteri, Kaisu Koivisto, Heidi Lunabba, Abdullah Qureshi, Emma Sarpaniemi, Noora Schroderus, Anna-Karoliina Vainio and Eero Yrjölä.