The Bill Burns Show – Discussions 14.8. and 22.8.2014

Two discussions organized as a part of The Bill Burns Show at Photographic Gallery Hippolyte

Thursday 14th of August, 5 pm
The Veblen Good

Bill Burns, Taru Elfving and Marja-Terttu Kivirinta discuss topics arising from Burns’ exhibition.
Discussion in English

The Bill Burns Show casts a critical eye on the conditions of production as well as the catalogue of art history. The exhibition asks a question that has no answer: “What do we long for?” Mainly, its bent is anthropological with leanings toward clan (artists, dealers) or tribe (collectors, curators, museums). The work intends to shed light on a set of social and economic relations within the art world that usually go unspoken. ” – Bill Burns

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Bill Burns is a Canadian artist whose work has been exhibited widely, including at MoMA, the Stedelijk in Amsterdam, Seoul Museum of Art in Korea, ICA in London, and KW in Berlin. The Bill Burns Show is the second exhibition in a collaboration launched in 2013 between Photographic Gallery Hippolyte and the Saari Residence. Saari Residence is a residence programme for artists and researchers maintained by the Kone Foundation. Burns worked at the residence in 2012.

Curator Taru Elfving, Ph.D., from FRAME is responsible for the foundation’s domestic and international event production. Elfving has previously worked as the Programme Director for HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme) and a freelance curator and researcher in London.

Marja-Terttu Kivirinta, Ph.D.,  is an art critic, journalist and author of non-fiction books. Kivirinta worked as a staff writer for 28 years in the cultural section of the daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. She has published numerous articles on art history and contemporary art, and worked as a co-editor in editorial boards for a series of non-fiction books.


Friday 22nd of August, 5 pm
Taiteilija vallassa

Panel discussion on artist’s power.  Curator Kati Kivinen, artist Jani Ruscica and critic Satu-Minna Suorajärvi. Jussi Koitela as moderator.
Discussion in Finnish.




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