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TAIL UP! Greetings from Cats and Dogs
Oulu Museum of Art, October 7th 2014 – January 4th, 2015
Tail Up! exhibition shows by means of contemporary art how humans, cats and dogs get along. An animal domesticated by humans is always, at least to some degree, an image of the human itself – in both good and bad.
Cats and dogs have been present in the history of visual arts for almost 10 000 years, first as shapes in cave paintings and cult objects. Later on, especially since the Middle Ages, cats and dogs have been part of various genres of painting. In 1900's, Modernism and Abstract expression diminished interest in representative expression. Therefore, also animal subjects almost disappeared until towards the end of the 1900s, when Postmodernism and Neo-figurative art styles brought representative subjects back into the centre of art.
The versatile group of artists in the Tail Up! exhibition shows that it is still possible to express various meanings through cats and dogs. Many artists in this exhibition have a long-term relationship with pets, and cats and dogs have a special place in the everyday life, art and sometimes in the public image of the artists. In some works, the partnership and intimacy between humans and animals is emphasized. A dog is in an exceptionally important role in Kati Åberg's video work Sound Walk, in which a woman who is blind since her birth observes her surroundings with the help of a guide dog. Sculptor Joakim Sederholm's work with the final resting place of Kajsa the dog is also movingly personal.
Some works emphasize the natural qualities of cats and dogs through representative qualities, materials, gestures and typical habits. On the other hand, it is quite popular to attach human qualities to animals. Cats and dogs live on the borderline of culture and nature: within the world of humans and within their own species. They can be seen both as objects of affection and sometimes as wild predators. Some researchers say that dogs cannot be called real animals, because they have been bred so extensively. E.g. Hanna Vihriälä, Anni Kinnunen and Leena Illukka study the problematics of breeding cats and dogs in their works.
Despite the somewhat serious themes within the Tail Up! exhibition, there are amusing insights, warm feelings and humour in the exhibition. Specially invited artists to the exhibition are Susanna Autio, Eeva-Leena Eklund, Johanna Havimäki, Samuli Heimonen, Maarit Hohteri, Wilma Hurskainen, Jari Huhta, Leena Illukka, Anni Kinnunen, Sanna Koivisto, Samuli Kontio, Heli Kurunsaari, Hannele Kylänpää, Marita Lappalainen, Hannamari Matikainen, Saana Susanna, Stiina Saaristo, Joakim Sederholm, Nanna Susi, Marjatta Tapiola, Jaakko Tornberg, Katja Tukiainen, Raimo Törhönen, Anna-Mari Vierikko, Hanna Vihriälä and Johanna Väisänen. There are also works from the collections of the Oulu Museum of Art, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art Collection, the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Helsinki Art Museum, AV-arkki the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art and some private collections.
Versatile activities for children are linked with the exhibition, and they take place in Satula space. Furthermore, there are theme lectures, workshops, performances, guided tours and the first pop-up cat cafe in Oulu (Sunday, October 12th). Over 200 people have sent photographs of their cats and dogs throug a Facebook campaign. These furry buddies are also included in the exhibition. Some of the artists have also written blogs about their pets. The curator of this exhibition is Exhibitions Curator Elina Vieru. Art Education Curator Laura Lampinen and acting Curator Johanna Wahlberg are in charge of additional activities.
Welcome all friends of pets and contemporary art, as well as to those allergic to pets!
Guided tour in English Sunday November 16th at 2 p.m., MA Sirpa Vähäaho-Kuusisto.