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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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Donna Florale Awarded in International Art Competition

Ulla Karttunen was awarded in The International Contemporary Art Competition 2017, organized by Open Art Miami, by Honor Mention in Digital Art, for her digital collage Donna Florale.

The artwork has just been shown in Paris, at a gallery in Marais and artfair in Carrousel du Louvre.

Donna Florale, by Finnish artist Ulla Karttunen, at contemporary art fair Carrousel du Louvre. Is it a new blooming start for ”Donna Criminale”…?

Ulla Karttunen: Donna Florale, 2017, digital collage, pigment print on acrylic, diasec 70 x 70 cm

 

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Nominated as an Open Art Miami finalist

Open Art Miami finalists; the Finnish artist Ulla Karttunen nominated in the Digital Art section

The International Contemporary Art Competition 2017, organized by Open Art Miami, has presented the decisions by the Selection Committee. Over 2000 works of art were received from all over the world, mostly from United States, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, among other nations.

Ulla Karttunen was nominated as a finalist in the Digital Art section.

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Exhibition in Marais, Paris

Group exhibition at Galerie Thuillier, Paris, opens: vernissage Jun 23 2017, at 18-21 o’clock. The gallery situates in the Marais gallery district, near Picasso Museum and Place des Vosges.

GALERIE THUILLIER 13, rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris. The exhibition is open Jun 23 – Jul 6 2017, from Tuesday to Saturday, at 13-19.

Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris

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Donna Criminale visits Basel

Donna Criminale by Ulla Karttunen, shown at ARTBOX.PROJECT Basel 2017

ARTBOX project displays artworks on an oversized screen during Art Basel Week at Euroairport’s event platform Luminator, 14 June – 18 June 2017, Switzerland. The image of installation Donna Criminale, by Ulla Karttunen, is part of this collective digital show.

Ulla Karttunen: Donna Criminale, 2016, installation (toilet paper etc.), 400 x 400 cm. In the image the installation is at exhibition Taboo, by Celeste network, in Galleria Poggiali e Forconi, Florence Ulla Karttunen: Donna Criminale, 2016, installation (toilet paper etc.), 400 x 400 cm. The white gallery environment is from Galleria Poggiali e Forconi, Florence, where, at the exhibition Taboo, the artwork won The Best Project Prize.

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