Friday, January 23, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015

TOMMI TOIJA: Muukalaiset (Aliens)

Art installation at Kamppi metro station in Helsinki, Finland.

The small figures represent basic human emotions like fear, shame, hope and joy. The exhibition is in a glass box in the middle of Kamppi metro station and can be seen until the end of April.

According to the description in Kamppi the figures are also a symbol for that how we feel estranged from our own emotions from time to time, as well as the emotions of others. Just as we move like aliens besides each other and in our lives.

I can tell from my personal experience that people really like the exhibition. Everyone is stopping by at the glass box and takes pictures.

Original in Finnish:
"Toijan suunnittelema teoskokonaisuus on juuri valmistunut Kamppiin. Noin 80 pienestä ihmishahmosta koostuva installaatio on osa Toijan teossarjaa Muukalaiset (2011). Helsingin taidemuseon tilaama kokonaisuus on nähtävillä Kampin metroaseman laiturialueen vitriinissä huhtikuun loppuun asti.

Toijan teoksen ihmishahmot, pikku-ukot, kuvastavat ihmisyyden perustunteita, kuten pelkoa, häpeää, toivoa ja iloa."