Veli Granö
10 Jun – 28 Aug 2011
Veli Granö (b. 1960) is internationally one of the most famous and esteemed Finnish contemporary artists, who works with photography, installation and film. Granö has often explored the theme of alternative realities in his art. The fascination and value of his work lies in the laconic yet respectful way in which he approaches his subjects. Granö creates his works collaboratively with his subjects, sometimes observing their lives for several years. By laying themselves on the line, the protagonists in Granö's works run the risk of being rejected and misunderstood. Yet at the same time they are active agents for whom Granö's works offer an opportunity to construct and reinforce their identities and be heard on things that are important to them.

The exhibition in the Turku Art Museum presents both previous as well as very latest works by Granö. The earlier works include the installation Rien (2004) and the films Path to the Quay's House (2000), The Healer (2002), Kirsti (2002), Visionary Garden of Irja Alinen (2009) as well as the original and touching classic of Finnish semi-documentary media art, Meet You in Finland Angel (2003).

Veli Granö's latest film, The Prophet (2011), will receive its premiere in this exhibition. It is about Markku Mäkinen who has an exceptionally intense relationship with nature. Having lived in isolation for years, Mäkinen began writing poems which he realised were predictions of future events. According to him, humanity will in the future have to choose between materiality and spirituality, and those unable to relinquish matter, will perish.

Veli Granö carried out out a community art project in connection with the exhibition. Auras of Memory studies people’s relationship to objects, and the emotions and memories awakened by them. In the project, Granö used Kirlian photography, also known as high-voltage photography. Kirlian photography and the luminous auras revealed by them have fascinated the human mind ever since the invention of the method in the 1930s. Kirlian photography is still associated with the belief that the pictures show phenomena which cannot be seen with the naked eye. The project is an intellectual extension of Granö’s earlier, consistent efforts to express alternative ways of seeing and experiencing. Granö has also used Kirlian photography in another new work, Resurrections.
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