Citizens XX/XXI in Helsinki

Mira Caselius’ single exhibition Citizens XX/XXI, previously seen in Italy, arrives to Helsinki. The opening takes place on the 6th of June, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m at the Café Ann Mare of Hietaranta in Hiekkarannatie 11. The artworks will be accompanied with a soundscape by Otto Hassinen.

The exhibition will be open until the 6th of September, 2013.

Photo: Giuseppe Marceddu / AeronikeA house in the rooms of which you don’t dare to go?

Mira Caselius is a 29 year-old visual artist from Helsinki emerging in Italy. She has worked in Cagliari, the Sardinian capital since 2011, and is now bringing her single exhibition for the first time into Finland.

In 2011, Caselius took part in two important group exhibitions in the exclusive high-design lounge of the T-Hotel, and during 2012 and 2013 she had two single exhibitions, the second of which first took place in one of the best-known new generation galleries of Cagliari, Spazio Espositivo 2+1, and then was relocated at the T-Hotel. The exhibition consisting of the architectural characters now seen in Helsinki, gained visibility on L’Unione Sarda, the main Sardinian daily newspaper as well as on Artribune, a distinguished online magazine read in all Italy. Recently, Caselius was the only foreigner to get an honourable mention at Premio Babel, a Sardinian regional award for contemporary artists under the age of 35 years – besides being the only artist in general to receive that acknowledgement in the section of painting, thus obtaining the equivalent of the second place.

The project Citizens XX/XXI – of the 20th and 21st century – has originated from a poem by Markus Koljonen: “You are a house in the rooms of which you don’t dare to go”.  In 2011 Caselius made a number of sketches representing figures that were human beings and buildings at the same time. The sketches then matured into large-scale paintings characterized by Caselius’ immersion in literature on the architecture of the last century and of ours, in order to give the final form to a series of “full figure portraits”.

The pieces of the exhibition work on many levels but were born as a critical metaphor of the modern urban world whose facades front for a lot of suffering due to the overemphasizing of material values: the ever-toughening competition, loneliness, isolation, lack of prospects, fear and reluctance to know oneself and others, dependence and numbness amidst the illusory abundance.


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