Pasi "Sleeping" Myllymäki & Mika Taanila in the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017

Pasi “Sleeping” Myllymäki’s and Mika Taanila’s art will be presented in the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017. Produced by Moderna Museet, Sweden, and curated by Mats Stjernstedt, the exhibition Mirrored brings together Nordic artists from different generations. Other representants include Charlotte Johannesson and Nina Cannell (Sweden) and Siri Aurdal and Jumana Manna (Norway).

The exhibition features a selection of Pasi “Sleeping” Myllymäki‘s (b. 1950) super 8 films from the late 1970s and the early 1980s. Myllymäki made several dozens of anarchist and inventive super 8 films with Risto “Legend” Laakkonen between 1976 and 1985. Myllymäki’s films have been presented domestically and internationally e.g. at Avanto Festival (2006), VIDEO-EX (2009), International Film Festival Rotterdam (2014), Videomedeja (2014), and Mänttä Art Festival (2016).

Mika Taanila will present in Venice a new series of artworks based on film criticism. Mika Taanila (b. 1965) is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. He works with documentaries, experimental film and visual arts. Human engineering, utopias, failures and man-machines are recurring themes in his films and installations. Taanila’s short films have been screened altogether at more than 300 international film festivals and special events. In 2015, Taanila was awarded with the prestigious Ars Fennica Award, the biggest Finnish art award.

The exhibition in the Nordic Pavilion revives the collaboration between Finland, Sweden and Norway. Past years Finnish media artists in the Nordic Pavilion include Terike Haapoja (2013), Adel Abidin (2007), Liisa Lounila (2005), and Eija-Liisa Ahtila (1999).

Commissionned and produced by Frame Contemporary Art Finland, The Finnish Pavilion will present an immersive multimedia installation by Erkka Nissinen and Nathaniel Mellors, curated by Xander Karskens (De Hallen Haarlem).

La Biennale di Venezia, May 13 – November 26

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