Island of Empathy – Mari Keski-Korsu | Janne Kärkkäinen | Pia Männikkö

Ala-Malmin tori 1, 00700 Helsinki

Island of Empathy explores the relationship between human beings and nature.

Island of Empathy explores the relationship between human beings and nature.

Island of Empathy looks into the potential of art as a means of healing individuals, but also the ills of society while researching the notions of empathy, healing, and intersubjectivity in the context of human and non-human interaction. Intersubjectivity means the interchange of conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings between two subjects facilitated by empathy, which is not only a catalyst but a vital tool in the implementation of the many processes of healing and bonding on an individual or social level.

Customarily, intersubjectivity refers to human relationships, but it might be understood to appear also in relationships between human and non-human actors in a kind of ‘anthropology beyond the human’. Intersubjectivity helps us to understand each other and our different perspectives. It will carry different beings to shared futures.

The artists of Island of Empathy are: Mari Keski-Korsu, Janne Kärkkäinen, Pia Männikkö, Sara Pathirane, Leena Pukki, Julia Strand and Eero Yrjölä. The exhibition is curated by Kasia Sobucka and Merja Briñón.

The exhibition is organised both at HAA Gallery in Suomenlinna between 5 June–21 August 2021 and at Malmitalo Gallery between 10 June–20 August 2021. Island of Empathy is produced by Helsinki Artists’ Association in collaboration with London-based Arts Territory. The exhibition is supported by the City of Helsinki and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Island of Empathy is part of the Helsinki Biennial Inspired series. It got its inspiration from Helsinki Biennial’s title ‘The Same Sea’ and its content. Helsinki Biennial is an international visual arts event that brings outstanding contemporary art to maritime Helsinki every two years. The first Helsinki Biennial will be held in the unique surroundings of Vallisaari from 12 June to 26 September 2021.