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On December 7th at ARTag Gallery Studio we will be opening an exhibition about the violent beginnings of Finland´s independence.

Ismo Kajanderi´s work, The Wedding March, is composed of his mother´s old watercolour painting, a text that is the artist´s personal manifesto, and an ensemble of sculptures.

Ismo Kajander (b. 1939) is an artist, a photographer, a writer and a teacher, whose career has lasted for over seven decades. There was a large retrospective on him in Kiasma in 2015.

  • Making art has meant to me almost sixty years of constant celebration. Sometimes I have persuaded my art to deal even with sociological themes. Therefore, no wonder if the centenary brought to life an artwork, a Finland 100 celebratory piece, that certainly doesn’t form part of the official program. An artwork that was inspired by a young girls´s, my mother´s, memory right from the first moments of our independence, says Kajander.

His mother’s childhood home was at Marjasmäki of Lempäälä’s Kuivaspää, where in the spring of 1918 his mother had to witness an event where the villagers brought out a few “desants” that had been kept in the neighbour’s barn, and executed them. Later, in the 1980’s, his mother painted about this incident a watercolour painting, that will now be seen as part of this exhibition.

Exhibition open at ARTag Gallery Studio from the 7th till the 17th of December.