In Finnish, ‘piilosta’ has multiple meanings: being hidden and staying hidden, to be found and finding.
Hide & Seek/Piilosta is the theme LARU ART presents this year in Lauttasaari. International environmental artists will exhibit their works in a protected nature area on the Särkiniemi shoreline and in the Lauttasaari shopping centre.
Egle Oddo, one of LARU’s members of the board, explains that the artists have been working with the concept of showing and hiding their art work, toying with the idea of being for or against hiding the art work in the environment.
Same theme, different interpretation
For Patrick Timm, a guest artist from Berlin who works with performance and installation in public spaces, Hide & Seek came to his mind in a form of an orange elephant. He will bring an elephant to Lauttasaari and will perform as an Indian guide. “The idea comes from a day I was in Lauttasaari dreaming about a sub-tropical island and orange elephants, which was the starting point for this idea. In India, elephants are a symbol of good luck,” he says.
Timm’s works are known for the items he always gives to the public. This time you can get a small orange elephant as a souvenir!
Marko Timlin (Germany) used concrete and two bonsai trees to create a work called Progress. He questions contemporary modern society in relation to the environment. “I think we make things worse everyday,” he says. “This year my work Progress is critical, it’s a little bit ironic.”
Originally from St Petersburg and living in Berlin, Nastia Eliseeva will exhibit sculptures made of synthetic materials connected with the particular area of Lauttasaari and her own topic Invisible Objects.
As an artist, Oddo (Italy) has been working with installations since the 90s and will participate with the installation called Can you dig it? “It consists of 12 flags with the symbol of radioactivity that is normally found close to a nuclear centre. At the foot of the flag there will be something hidden a few centimeters underground and this will be for the public to discover if they want to dig for it,” Oddo explains.
Expanding the concept
The concept of LARU is artists spending time together, doing and sharing things as an art group. All the artists are interested in seeing what art can bring to the environment not only in rural areas but also in urban areas in Helsinki and in other cities in Europe. “Environmental art doesn’t mean that you just have art in nature, you could also do it in the city,” says Timlin.
Other artists participating in Hide & Seek are Shachindra Dass (India), Anna Myga Kasten (Germany), Päivi Takala (Finland), Anu Miettinen (Finland) and Sirkka Tapio (Finland).
Hide & Seek, supported by Helsinki Emmaus, K-Rauta Ruoholahti and the City of Helsinki, is in Lauttassari from 6 September to 6 October.
Susan Fourtane – Helsinki Times
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