Come Back as a Flower

Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8, 00100 Helsinki
Tennis Palace Art Museum

Come Back as a Flower is a group exhibition weaving delicately around the Silueta series (…

Come Back as a Flower is a group exhibition weaving delicately around the Silueta series (1973–1977) by Ana Mendieta, held in HAM’s collections. The exhibition creates subtle dialogue between Mendieta’s series and the other pieces in the exhibition, suggesting loose connections and approaches between them. Above all, the exhibition is a space for different forms of sensing, providing visitors with a space for being and thinking.⁣⁣⁣⁣While working on the Silueta series, Ana Mendieta developed her pioneering work based on performance, land art, ecofeminist politics and spirituality, and photograph and video documentation. Today, Mendieta’s unique practice is once again extremely relevant, highlighting observations about the relationship between humans and nature, the personal as political, the layered nature of identity, mysticalspirituality, and the material nature of art.⁣⁣⁣⁣Come Back as a Flower is a polyphonic exhibition that features pieces from HAM’s collections and beyond.

The exhibition includes new commissions by Essi Kausalainen and Elina Vainio, as well as new versions of existing pieces. Additionally, the  exhibition contains different spatial and temporal dimensions: it features Anne Koskinen’s public artwork Stone (2008), which is located  outside the HAM facilities in the Aurinkolahti area in Vuosaari. Melanie Bonajo’s video piece Night Soil – Nocturnal Gardening (2016), on  the other hand, will be shown in the HAM Auditorium starting in October.⁣⁣

⁣⁣The artists in the exhibition are: Melanie Bonajo, Carola Grahn, Eva Gyldén, Evan Ifekoya, Emma Jääskeläinen, Catharina Kajander, Essi Kausalainen, Anne Koskinen, Ana Mendieta and Elina Vainio. The exhibition is curated by Elina Suoyrjö.⁣⁣