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Kari Toiviainen: From the front door to the heart

A photograph with multiple images superimposed, e.g. cityscape in evening or morning twilight, walking person, underpass.
Photo: Kari Toiviainen.

24.11.–10.12.2022 Haparanda Library

In the works of artist Kari Toiviainen, the twin cities of Tornio and Haaparanta and their inhabitants play the main roles. Toiviainen has recorded the moods, sounds, landscapes, thoughts, feelings and memories of the two cities and their residents.

“We don’t just live in the present.
The past with all its memories, incidents and experiences lives in us,
and it can often happen that the past is stronger than the present.”

During the fall of 2022, Kari Toiviainen, a media artist from Jyväskylä, visited the Haaparanta-Tornio area several times, met local people, filmed encounters and captured images of objects that have meaning to the people he filmed. The exhibition consists of moving images and soundscapes.

Toiviainen has 20 years of experience at the intersection of moving image, theater work and media and marketing: manuscripting and directing of 200 TV episodes, teaching theater for groups, stage work, giving trainings in content creation and performance, and workshops, among other things. From the front door to the heart is Toiviainen's first solo exhibition.


The opening of the exhibition will be on Thursday 20th October at 14 (Finnish time). Warm welcome!

About the project Making space for artistry

The exhibition is part of project Making space for artistry - equity for disabled artists and artists who are Sign Language users. The project is coordinated by Culture for All Service and funded by Kone Foundation. The aim is to strengthen the professional opportunities and equity of disabled artists and artists who are Sign Language users in the art field.

One part of the project are the residencies that are organized together with the Aine Art Museum. The aim is to find creative solutions for the residency work of disabled artists and artists who are Sign Language users. In the spring of 2022 we held an open call for artists for the residencies and the exhibitions, and altogether six artists were chosen. The artists will work in residencies during the autumn and each artist will hold an exhibition in different spaces in Tornio and Haparanda. In 2023, a group exhibition of all those who worked in the residency will be held at the Aine Art Museum. More information about the project: www.tilaataiteilijuuteen.fi

Haparanda Library

Free entry to the exhibition. The space is accessible, there is a lift to the exhibition space. 

Address: Packhusgatan 4, 953 31 Haparanda.

The exhibition is open (Finnish time):

Monday 13–20, Tuesday 13–20, Wednesday 13–20, Thursday 11–17, Friday 11–17, Saturday 11–15

The exhibition is open (Swedish time):

Monday 12–19, Tuesday 12–19, Wednesday 12–19, Thursday 10–16, Friday 10–16, Saturday 10–14.

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