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ARS 11 Will Change Your Perceptions about Africa and Contemporary Art

The ARS 11 exhibition investigates Africa in contemporary art. The exhibition features some 300 works by a total of 30 artists. The Kiasma Theatre also has a programme of ARS events and performances. In addition to artists living in Africa, the show also features others who live outside the continent, artists of African descent as well as Western artists who address
African issues in their work.

The themes of the exhibition, such as migration, environmental problems and urban life are global, issues that affect us all. Memory, recollection and the simultaneous presence of different histories and layers of time are some of the common starting points of the work of many artists featured in the exhibition. At best ARS 11 can produce new understanding and also provide background information on the situation in today’s Africa. The exhibition will extend the idea of
what Africa, contemporary art and African contemporary art are today.

ARS 11 is a major international art event filling Kiasma with artworks, performances, screenings, discussions and workshops. The ARS 11 curator team are Pirkko Siitari, Director of Kiasma, Arja Miller, Chief Curator, and Jari-Pekka Vanhala, Curator. The ARS 11 programme for Kiasma Theatre
will be compiled by Riitta Aarniokoski. The themes of the exhibition and the artists are presented in richly illustrated exhibition catalogue. Brief descriptions and pictures of the works are found also in ARS 11 Guide, which is available at the ticket/information desk in Finnish, Swedish and English.

Moments of Beauty is a coproduction with CCA Lagos and an independently curated part of ARS 11 exhibition. Guest curators for the Moments of Beauty, an exhibition of photographic work by J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere, are Bisi Silva and Aura Seikkula.

ARS 11 will be part of the programme of the Capital of Culture year 2011 in Turku. The contribution of Kiasma will include two video installations from its collections: Where is Where? (2008) by
Eija-Liisa Ahtila and WESTERN UNION: Small Boats (2007) by Isaac Julien. This part of the ARS 11 exhibition is produced in cooperation with the Kiasma Foundation. ARS 11 will extend across Finland and also to Stockholm, Sweden. The satellite exhibitions will be curated and produced by the partner museums and will showcase the themes of ARS 11.

Kiasma’s main sponsors in 2011 are A-lehdet, Deloitte, hasan & partners and Nokia. The media partners for the ARS 11 exhibition are Image and Mondo. Kiasma’s sponsors in 2011 are Dagmar, Lönnberg Painot and Tikkurila. The marketing partners for the ARS 11 exhibition are Finnmatkat,
!NOOB Digital, Veikkaus Oy, Sokos Hotel Vaakuna and Sokos Hotel Torni. The visual concept for the exhibition has been created by hasan & partners.

Information for the media:
Kiasma’s Communications
Piia Laita, tel. +358 (0)9 1733 6507,,
Päivi Oja, tel. +358 (0)9 1733 6534,

Pictures for the media

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