Pilvi Takala’s new video installation Close Watch premieres at the Pavilion of Finland at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition is curated by Christina Li.

 

Close Watch is a multi-channel installation based on Pilvi Takala’s experience as an undercover artist working as a fully qualified security guard for global company Securitas. The piece centres on workshops Takala developed afterward that respond to issues encountered during her six-month post at one of Finland’s largest shopping malls.

 

Working covertly, staging social situations and infiltrating communities, Takala exposes the invisible boundaries of acceptable conduct and norms in the public and private spheres. In Close Watch the artist explores security both as a concept and an industry to consider how it defines public space and the behaviour tolerated within it.

 

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The Pavilion of Finland at the Biennale Arte 2022 is commissioned by Frame Contemporary Art Finland, 23 April–27 November 2022, frame-finland.fi.

 

 

Pavilion of Finland at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

 

Venue
Pavilion of Finland, Giardini della Biennale

 

Exhibition dates
23 April – 27 November 2022

 

Press preview days
20–21–22 April 2022

 

 

Events

 

Press conference
Wednesday 20 April, 11am–12pm
Pavilion of Finland, Giardini
The artist and curator will present the exhibition and be available for interviews.
A light breakfast will be served to the members of the press.

 

Pavilion opening reception
Wednesday 20 April, 2pm
Pavilion of Finland, Giardini
The exhibition will be opened by Antti Kurvinen, Minister of Science and Culture of Finland;
Petteri Karttunen, Chair of Saastamoinen Foundation; Raija Koli, Commissioner and Christina Li, Curator.

 

Media brunch
Thursday 21 April at 10am
Pavilion of Finland, Giardini

Hosted by Saastamoinen Foundation and EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, the event celebrates the premiere of Close Watch and its upcoming 2023 appearance in Takala’s exhibition at EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art. The artist will present the exhibition and be available for interviews.

 

 

For information and requests for interviews

 

International press
Milly Carter Hepplewhite and Yaz Ozkan
Pelham Communications
milly@pelhamcommunications.com or yaz@pelhamcommunications.com
+44 20 8969 3959

 

Finnish press
Rosa Kuosmanen
Head of Communications at Frame
rosa.kuosmanen@frame-finland.fi
+358 50 465 3462