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More donnas in Rome

Donna Criminale, by artist Ulla Karttunen, Lab.8 & RAW, Rome Art WeekDonna Criminale and other donnas in Loft Gallery, RomeToilet paper installation Donna Criminale got new visitors under Rome Art Week, RAW, at Loft Gallery / Spazio matEr, 9-14 Oct 2017

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Donna Criminale, à la Rome

Donna Criminale, an ephemeral sculpture by artist Ulla Karttunen, in Lab.8 finalists’ exhibition at Loft Gallery / Spazio matEr, Rome 2017

Donna Criminale is an ephemeral sculpture made from a material regarded as the most banal and worthless, toilet paper.

This hanged goddess is a patron saint of those who are thought to be low or marginal, the wrong kind of people. The work deals with social inequality and censorship in contemporary market-based society.

The sociologist Zygmunt Bauman has noted that in contemporary consumer society, we have begun to see the poor, those who cannot participate enough in consuming, as criminals. – At least, the ’low’ workers in white gowns, from nurses to cleaning women, are often treated degradingly, as cheaper than toilet paper.

The title comes from the criminologist Cesare Lombroso, who saw that some people can be born as criminals. This thought of certain inferior groups of humans could be later found in the Third Reich: those interpreted as being lower were gathered to be eliminated. A similar belief that certain people are higher and better, can be alive also in contemporary democratic society.

The work is also based on a real story from Finland: in an art censorship case, a leader tried to ban critical art, telling that an artist must be a swindler, because dressed in white. Only criminals wear white.

The ambiguous figure ­– at the same time minimalistic and baroque, poor and glamorous – has opened various interpretations. It has been shown in different kinds of places from an industrial art center to a white-wall gallery, from a Portuguese church to a princess’s throne in the National Museum of Algeria. For spectators, it is not obligatory to know theoretical framework, they can just enjoy the sublimity revealed amidst the commonplace.

Donna Criminale, an ephemeral sculpture by artist Ulla Karttunen, in Lab.8 finalists’ exhibition at Loft Gallery / Spazio matEr, Rome 2017Donna Criminale, an ephemeral sculpture by artist Ulla Karttunen, in Lab.8 finalists’ exhibition at Loft Gallery / Spazio matEr, Rome 2017Donna Criminale (2017), by Ulla Karttunen / Exhibition: Malamegi Lab.8 International Art Contest Final Exhibition, Loft Gallery / Spazio matEr, Rome 2017, 16 Sept– 5 Oct, 2017

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RAW Rome Art Week: Donna C, stay extended

Rome Art Week

Artwork Donna Criminale was asked to extend her stay in Rome ”due to the great success of it during the exhibition”, to be showed to new visitors during RAW – Rome Art Week.

RAW is a collaborative project to valorize contemporary art in Rome; Rome Art Week happens from 9th to 14th October 2017.

A detail of ephemeral sculpture Donna Criminale (by artist Ulla Karttunen), in Rome at LAB.8 exhibitionLab.8 finalists’ exhibition at Loft Gallery / Spazio matEr, Rome 2017; white installation on the backround Donna Criminale by Ulla Karttunen Installation Donna Criminale (2017) by Ulla Karttunen, through the window of Loft Gallery / Spazio matEr

 

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Lab.8 Opening

Lab.8

Malamegi Lab.8, international art contest, at Loft Gallery / Spazio matEr, Rome, 16 September – 05 October 2017. Finalist artists: Natan Pernick, Evaldas Bubinas, Moreno Monti & Matteo Tranchellini, Ulla Karttunen, Matthaeus Kostner, Udo Rutschmann, Pascal Broze, Tina Sgro, Astrid Edlinger, Alfredo Dante Vallesi, Davies Zambotti, Lucia Simone

Malamegi Lab.8, Loft Gallery / Spazio matEr, Rome 2017Opening of Malamegi Lab.8, Loft Gallery / Spazio matEr, Rome 2017Malamegi Lab.8 opening: artists and organisersA detail of ephemeral sculpture Donna Criminale (by artist Ulla Karttunen), in Rome at LAB.8 exhibition

In front of Donna Criminale, with the founders and curators of Malamegi Lab, Margherita Jedrzejewska, left, and Massimo Toffolo, right

4 donnas from Rome: from left, gallerist Ilaria Sergi, curator Sveva Manfredi Zavaglia, artist Ulla Karttunen, and artwork Donna Criminale

 

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Donna Criminale enters Rome and touches eternity

Donna Criminale, the winner of Celesteprize Taboo, at galleria Poggiali e Forconi in Florence 2016

Donna Criminale, ephemeric sculpture / site-spesific installation, by Ulla Karttunen (here the artwork is at Galleria Poggiali e Forconi in Florence, where it was the winner of Celesteprize Taboo 2016)

The toilet paper goddess Donna Criminale will appear very soon in the eternal city of Rome. Next few weeks she will stay in the historic quarters of Rione Monti in the center of Rome, in the neighbourhood of Colosseum.

Her reign started this week, as normally, with a very banal visit to nearby supermarkets to compare the sizes and prices of toilet paper packages. – Donna Criminale is a patron saint for those who are socially excluded, ’the others’, thought to be too cheap or low by people who think they are better and higher, hanged by hate talk or other contemporary means of social exclusion. So the thematics has to do with the visible and invisible forms of racism and fascism in contemporary democratic society.

The appearance of this improbable saint and happens at LOFT GALLERY / Spazio MatER as a part of Malamegi LAB.8: International Art Contest Final Exhibition.

Artist Ulla Karttunen at Malamegi LAB.8, International Art Contest Final Exhibition in Rome, Italy. Taiteilija Ulla Karttunen osallistuu kansainvälisen taidekilpailun Malamegi LAB.8 finalistien näyttelyyn Loft Galleryssä Roomassa.

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Next week in Rome

Malamegi Lab.8 International Art Contest Final Exhibition at Loft Gallery / Spazio matEr, Rome

The final exhibition of the International Art Contest Malamegi LAB.8 opens next week, on 16th September, at Loft Gallery / Spazio Mater in Rome. It will be also the new appearance of the mysterious toilet paper madonna Donna Criminale

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Ulla Karttunen shortlisted for the Lynx Prize

The Finnish digital artist Ulla Karttunen has been shortlisted for the LYNX Prize 2017 in the digital art section

Ulla Karttunen has been shortlisted for the LYNX Prize 2017 in the digital art section. The jury was composed of 15 professionals and experts, who chose the selected artists from more than 600 works.

Shortlisted artists’ works will be presented at three exhibitions in Italy and Slovenia. The prizegiving ceremony will happen on 23rd September at Teatro Piccola Fenice in Trieste and the finalists’ exhibition opens the same evening at Lux Gallery, Trieste.

Donna Florale, by Finnish artist Ulla Karttunen, exhibited 2017 at Carrousel du Louvre, got a Honor Mention at Open Art Miami, shortlisted for the Lynx Prize. Is it a new blooming start for ”Donna Criminale”…?

Donna Florale by Ulla Karttunen, exhibited first in June, 2017, at Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, got a Honor Mention at Open Art Miami, and is now shortlisted for the Lynx Prize.

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Exhibition Jatkuvuus / Continuity

Helsingin Taiteilijaseuran 50-vuotisnäyttely Jatkuvuus

Helsinki Artists’ Society (HTS) celebrates its 50 years and Finland’s 100 years with a juried exhibition Jatkuvuus/Continuity at Malmitalo gallery, Helsinki. The exhibition runs August 31 – September 23, 2017.

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The Sexiest Capitalism; discussed in Athens

A lecture by Ulla Karttunen in the 13th ESA Conference ”(Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities”

Tomorrow 31 Aug 2017, at Panteion University, Athens, a lecture in session RN29, Social Theory and the Critique of Capitalism:

”The Sexiest Capitalism Ever: A Duckface Selfie of a Trans-Aestheticized Market Economy”, by Ulla Karttunen.

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Almost too hot (or neon yellow) to handle

The art of book covers is seldom reviewed in newspapers. Earlier this year the artist Maaria Oikarinen asked me to design the cover of her newcoming novel. The main Finnish newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, published a critique of the book and gives much attention also to the cover design.

The critic Juhani Karila writes:

”The covers are breathtaking. At the frontside, from the neon yellow fog emerges a gaze of a woman. The same pair of eyes can be found from the back cover, on the black base.

First I cannot do anything else but only turn the work in my hands.

Books should not be judged by their cover, but so striking design makes me wonder if the fierceness tries to conceal soft text.

But cover art must have the balls when the writer is visual artist …”

Lucian silmät, design Ulla Karttunen

Cover design by Ulla Karttunen, cover art work Thorn Eye II, shown earlier this year at Electron Salon, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art