Photo Finnish Spirit
Finnish Spirit — Identity
Identity is a structure through which people navigate in any given environment. the may belong to a multitude of groups, sets, and landscapes at the same time.
Identity is a structure through which people navigate in any given environment. the may belong to a multitude of groups, sets, and landscapes at the same time. They believe in various philosophies that help them run their life. They have adopted a wide range of values over centuries, but at the same time they follow trends after trends that shape their thinking. What makes people different from others? What is it that keeps them attached to others? What is it that they may precisely call their own? Then, what are the things that they share? What is the limit of this sharing?
For an artist, identity is occasionally a way to articulate. An artwork can be understood through reflection against the backdrop of its era as well as other production of the artist. In the exhibition there are over 50 artists with their examples of identity. Through the manifestations from self-portraits and experimenting with nature to statements of ideology, it is possible to observe the multifaceted nature of identity and its sometimes subtle expression.
All identities are interconnected and exist in relation to others. Artwork can be seen as continuum of artist’s identity whereas any interpretation of art is influenced by the spectator’s identity. When looking at an artwork you perceive it through yourself – what do you see?