In the summer of 2011, 20 site-specific works of contemporary art will grace the scenic islets scattered outside the coast of Finland’s Turku, European Capital of Culture. Accessible to the public via daily cruises from Turku, Contemporary Art Archipelago (CAA) is a chance to catch Finland’s natural beauty and cutting-edge culture in one package. Featuring both local and international artists, the exhibition focuses on life in the archipelago and its traditional yet changing livelihoods.
The environment plays a key role in local life and artists examine, for example, transformations in ecological and cultural diversity, as well as desires projected onto the islands and across the Baltic Sea. The works of art range from cinematic sci-fi visions of the archipelago to underwater gardening and locals’ personal stories on climate change. CAA can be encountered from cruise ships and small boats, along the roads and virtually, on a remote islet, in the sea, on the airwaves, on ferries or even in private homes on the islands. Public participation is a key element of CAA. Artist residencies and many public events are organized alongside the exhibition. The audience can join in on guided tours and talks as well as various workshops locally.
The exhibition takes place June 18 to Sept. 30. The final program will be completed closer to opening. For up-to-date developments, follow the CAA blog at http://contemporaryartarchipelago.blogspot.com. For more information, visit www.contemporaryartarchipelago.fi, www.turku.fi or www.visitfinland.com.