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Maarit Hedman & Anu Haapanen: Fragments of Darkness

Maarit Hedman draws with orange pastel on large, black paper.

2.–18.12.2022 Gallery Kortteeri (Tornio)

Exhibition Fragments of Darkenss by Maarit Hedman and Anu Haapanen dives into the dialogue of light and darkness. The exhibition is also a dialogue between two artists, who work with different starting points. It is a process, where an artist who has lost her sight and an artist who sees can reflect their working through each other and find new perspectives to artistic work.

Anu Haapanen used to work as an assistant in Maarit Hedman’s art projects and different art workshops of visually impaired people. The idea of a joint exhibition matured by working together with art, professional exchange of thoughts and artistic interaction. The Making space for artistry project offered a chance for working together in a residency and realisation of the exhibition project about the experience of darkness. The exhibition includes mixed media and acrylic paintings, and charcoal and pastel drawings.

Maarit Hedman is a visual artist and art pedagogue, who graduated from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 1994. Besides her artistic work, she works as an art educator and trainer in many different projects. Anu Haapanen has studied visual art in Lahti Art Institute and Aalto university, as well as art history in the University of Helsinki. She works multidisciplinary in the field of visual culture. Both artists have held several solo and joint exhibitions, but this is their first joint project together as pair work.


The opening of the exhibition will be on Friday 2nd December 2022 at 14 (Finnish time). The program of the opening includes an audio described guided tour to the exhibition at 14.30 (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.

Gallery Kortteeri

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

Address: Shopping Mall Rajalla På gränsen, 2nd floor, Tornio.

The exhibition is open (Finnish time):

Wednesday 12–18, Thursday 12–18, Friday 12–18, Saturday 12–16, Sunday 12-16.

The exhibition is open (Swedish time):

Wednesday 11–17, Thursday 11–17, Friday 11–17, Saturday 11–15, Sunday 11-15.

The logo of Making Space for Artistry.

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