Jonna Kina’s and Gunzi Holmström’s works at Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition

Jonna Kina’s Arr. for a Scene (2017, in featured image) and Gunzi Holmström’s Aura Kanerva Merivuokko (2020) are included in the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition, open from February 2 to March 8 in Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen.

Gunzi Holmström’s Aura Kanerva Merivuokko is also installed in her solo exhibition The Naive Potter in A2 Galleria, Helsinki, from February 5–23.

The video is a portrait of Aura, a blind man who has found a way to express her spirituality through sexuality among other things. From an early age she longed for experiencing true love and this led to very difficult encounters and complicated relationships. The fact that she experiences herself as ”a girl in a man’s body” hasn’t made it easier. However, she found a solution. Now she works as a sexual therapist because she wants to teach other people to love themselves. The video states that sometimes it’s through what appears to be odd that you can experience a truth that applies to most.

Gunzi Holmström is a visual artist from Porvoo, Finland, who works with digital art, sculpture and painting. Holmström studied at Turku Art Academy in Finland in 1990–93 and in Gothenburg University in Sweden in 2004–06. She is a versatile artist who explores the complex web of contradictory human emotions and situations, and addresses current social and moral issues. The essential element in her work is the humane nature of social communication. Her works have been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions in Finland and internationally since the 1990s.

Awarded as the Best Nordic Short Film at Nordisk Panorama 2017, Arr. for a Scene is a documentary of two foley artists while they are producing sounds for one of the most famous film scene in the film history (the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, 1960). This performance is documented on 35 mm film. The original film scene will remain invisible while the viewer sees only the foley artists creating sound effects for the scene, such as footsteps, shower and door closing. During the performance, the foley artists are looking straight at the camera. The film inverts the position of the screen and the gaze of the viewer. The viewer becomes part of the scene. The film examines the way sounds are constructed for the use of cinema and what happens when the structures of a film are dismantled into parts.

Jonna Kina (b. 1984, Lappeenranta, Finland) is a multidisciplinary artist who works with photography, video, sound and text. She has studied in Helsinki, New York and Jerusalem. Kina’s works have been presented in numerous exhibitions such as Museo Amparo, Puebla (2016), Gallery AMA, Helsinki (2016), Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago (2016), Kunsthalle, Helsinki (2016), Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne (2015), Finnish Museum of Photography (2015), Finnish Institute, Stockholm (2014), Sala Alcalá 31, Madrid (2014) and Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg (2014). In 2013 she received a special mention from the jury of Photo Levallois Award and was nominated by the by Hasselblad Foundation’s Victor Fellowship Award and in 2014 by the Source Cord Prize.

Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition, February 2 – March 8 2020, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

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