In the second exhibition of Pasilan kaupunkitaidekeskus (Pasila Urban Art Center) we present urban photography of Diego Salvida and Niina Vehmaa as part of Helsinki Photo Festival. In addition to that, we also show a collection of screen prints of Russian artist Nikita Khodak, who also paints two murals in Pasila before the exhibition.
𝗗𝗶𝗲𝗴𝗼 𝗦𝗮𝗹𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗮, 𝗕𝗿𝗮𝘇𝗶𝗹
𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘗𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩
While Diego Saldiva was working on his project Giants (where he photographed wrestlers at training and events), he raised the hypothesis that a part of the current lack of interest in this type of sport is that there’s no spectacle.
That’s how Diego found Streetbeefs. From the comfort of his chair, in front of his own computer, he came across a Youtube channel where ordinary people fight without any technique, but with a lot of desire. The fights are dedicated to people who get involved in disputes in their neighborhood but lack skills to find a solution peacefully. So they rather go into a duel to find the solution. In dictionaries, for example: A duel is refined as a formal fight in the past, using guns or swords, arranged between two people as a way of deciding an argument.
“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” – Mike Tyson
𝗡𝗶𝗶𝗻𝗮 𝗩𝗲𝗵𝗺𝗮𝗮, 𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱
Niina Vehmaa is interested in portraying people who are the bearers of some sort of unique style and appearance. However, her work is not limited to simply the external but going deeper in revealing the soul – deep down under whatever that is. The images on display endorse the idea of being the self and not complying to any generally accepted socio-cultural norms or structures.
𝗡𝗶𝗸𝗶𝘁𝗮 𝗞𝗵𝗼𝗱𝗮𝗸, 𝗥𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗮
𝘞𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘭𝘺 𝘓𝘪𝘯𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘋𝘢𝘵𝘢
What does it mean to be a human and most importantly what will our lives look like at the point of total digitalisation is the essential question of Nikita Khodak’s exhibition. Weakly Linked Data is comprised of a series of screen prints in which the artist reflects on his own anxiety about the future digitalisation of humankind. In his work, Khodak identifies the human weaknesses and technological defects that he considers as foremost dangerous for humankind and that he sees as a potential catalyst for the technological apocalypse, such as thirst for superficial glories, consumerism or intelligent data collection.
Vehmaa, Sound of Silence.
Saldiva, Wild Whitey.