Foto © Jukka Korkeila
Sinä kuljet kohti valoa, joka odottaa elämäsi lopussa
Helsinki Contemporary’s autumn season begins with Jukka Korkeila’s topical solo exhibition, You pass towards the light that awaits at the end of your life.
Helsinki Contemporary’s autumn season begins with Jukka Korkeila’s topical solo exhibition, You pass towards the light that awaits at the end of your life. The exhibition, linked with another currently on display at the Finnish Institute in Germany on Berlin’s Friedrichstraße, gathers ideas from the midst of global crises: the Covid-19 pandemic and war have raised questions about life, its finiteness, and gratitude for the joys of everyday moments. The exhibition space will be filled with a selected collection of works created during the last few years, now presented for the first time in Finland – in Korkeila’s fifth solo exhibition at the gallery.
In his art, Jukka Korkeila draws inspiration from controversial social issues. Sexual minorities (LGBTIQA+), a narrow definition of masculinity, limited beauty standards, religion, and spirituality are recurrent themes in his works. These grotesque paintings are brimming with baroque-style pomposity, abundance, and speed yet executed humorously and gently. Korkeila’s works portray a mix of supreme leaders, ample nude bodies, genitals, and Frau Kraft, an artistic figure embodied by Korkeila’s partner, German actor Markus Karger. The ambiguous and thought-provoking works suggest a peaceful and loving compromise – a dialogue between opposite perspectives.
In the exhibition, the artist’s gaze is turned – triggered by global emergencies – towards the here and now and the things that we meet at the end of our lives. The exhibition’s name, You pass towards the light that awaits at the end of your life, refers to a life inevitably drawing to a close, day by day. We are all unavoidably walking towards death, every day approaching our endpoint. According to Korkeila, this makes every moment worth celebrating – we must be happy to be still here and alive.
“The exhibition is composed of various elements, each forming part of the whole. The exhibition becomes accessible when we view one work of art at a time. After seeing the exhibition, it will become an experience in our minds. Art always happens between people, the work of art staying in that space between them, but the artwork or exhibition experience always remains personal, and those experiences can never be compared with each other. We are all different, and so are our experiences of the same events. I invite you to differentiate in the exhibition’s sameness.” – Jukka Korkeila
5 Augusto to 4 September 2022
Wed-Fri 12 to 18 o'clock
Sat-Sun 12 to 16 o'clock