How to grow up, 2015

Scene view from installation where I screened the daily performances

made the best sushi in the world with my luv
home evening with the boyfriend <3<3<3
Wonderful, peace and quiet and a glass of wine
Tomorrow to IKEA with my sweetie
hockey match in the evening
to the gym and then off to work.

the end of childhood
jump rope
basket toss
telephone game
draw on the wall
get clothes dirty
cut my hair
wear make-up
drink alcohol or coffee
swear, shout, climb places, blow soap bubbles inside

Installation & performance site side of the exhibition

How to grow up, or Kuinka aikuiseksi tullaan in the original language in finnish was a combination of installation and performance. The project was the graduation show from Turku Arts Academy.

In the exhibition the artist imporvised a daily performance piece around the theme of growing up. The artist was present in the gallery every day. Collection of the video documentations of the performances grew larger day by day, on it’s final stage the collection consisted of 19 video pieces which were lightly edited to shorten the overall duration, yet the duration of all the video together was four hours. Videos were screened on first one, later two simultaneous screens.

A sculptor inspired by a steady job and a mortgage

Sculptor Anni Saijonkivi’s live installation is a departure from the usual gallery exhibition tradition. Saijonkivi’s thesis, a graduate of the Turku University of Applied Sciences Arts, invites visitors to reflect on the process of becoming an adult.

Typical characteristics of adult life, such as a steady job, a mortgage and starting a family, are, according to statistics, happening as people get older. Does this mean a prolongation of adolescence or a change in adulthood? Is there a need for a new age between adolescence and adulthood? Saijonkivi asks.

Saijonkivi’s works combine classical sculptural methods with a contemporary relationship between materials and spatial thinking. Typical of her exhibitions is the construction of a whole as a whole, following the logic of an installation.

His approach to visual art is anarchistic, with a black humour and a questioning of norms.

I myself have often felt a sense of pressure to perform when participating in other people’s work. But I don’t think art should be so serious – if there is no freedom in art, where is there freedom?

Opening of the exhibition on Tuesday 14 April from 17-19 at the Köysirata Gallery.