Photo Galleria Kuvitus (c) Taika Mannila

Taika Mannila: Demon Dolls

Hämeentie 28, 00530 Helsinki
Galleria Kuvitus

How does it feel to be an “apocalypse influencer”?

How does it feel to be an “apocalypse influencer”? Taika Mannila (b. 1988) ponders this question in her new exhibition. In spring 2015, Mannila started posting pictures on her Instagram account with the hashtag #whatagirlfeelz to protest against the overly positive, self-centering narratives that run rampant on Instagram. 

Demon Dolls is a series of monstrous influencer characters, drawn on paper with colored pencils. The illustrations draw from the imagery of social media and reflect on its ideals, emotions and phenomena. Through her illustrations, Mannila explores influencer culture, the need for attention and approval, appearance-related pressures created by social media, and self-centeredness. 

The exhibition also includes a fictional audio work, a Demon Dolls zine, and a video made in collaboration with Aliina Kauranne. With her exhibition, Mannila wants to contribute to the discussion about the problems related to influencer culture and comment on the behavioral patterns we exhibit on social media.

Galleria Kuvitus

1.4.-7.5.2022 Thu-Fri 12.00-17.00, Sat 12.00-16.00

Free entry