Archipelago Mountain

Archipelago Mountain

This is a project about landscape as a formal and informal disposition of elements. Coordinates. An arrangement, a hierarchy: borders and de-limitations, transpositions and transgressions, frames and their inside-outside, margins, and of course landscape—of the geographical, political, personal, and emotional nature.

Édouard Glissant calls it archipelagic thinking. A group of islands that lends its topography to an alternative imaginary. A reassessment of the insularity of bound cultures, of nation-states, and the heaviness of “continental thought”.

The archipelago is an alternative imaginary, one that posits that identity could be as a conglomeration of islands (composed of many, yet is one).

Oh these little earthquakes, here we go again, these little earthquakes. Doesn’t take much to rip us into pieces.*

Identity formation, embodiment, complex colonial histories, multiplicity, interconnectedness, diaspora and change — Oh, to dispel the oppressive idea of nationalistic wholeness!

This is a project about landscapes.

Participating artists: Jay Mar Albaos (PH/FI), Sherine Anis (EG/AT), Martha Atienza (PH/NL), Katrin Hornek (AT), Henna Laininen (FI), Roberta Lima (AT/BR/FI), Linda Reif (AT), Jaakko Ruuska (FI), Stefania Strouza (GR/AT), Sophie Hirsch (AT/ US)

Curated by: Ana de Almeida & Stephanie Misa

Supported by BKA Kunst & Kultur Österreich (Federal Chancellery Austria, Arts & Culture)

The exhibition will stay open during the Research Days at the Academy of Fine Arts from 10 until 12 December. Day two, Dec 11, is hosted by Stephanie Misa, co-curator of the exhibition ARCHIPELAGO MOUNTAIN.

NB. Closed on Independece day Dec 6.

Photo: Linda Reif, Military Boat Disappearing in Darkness, 2017, Photo by Linda Reif.


*Tori Amos' Little Earthquakes

Exhibition Laboratory

Merimiehenkatu 36 C

00150, Helsinki

Permanently closed