WORLD OF TANGO
TAMPERE 4TH- 30TH SEPTEMBER 2014
En kille från Rosengård, 2014
”Man kan ta en kille från Rosengård men man kan inte ta Rosengård från en kille”
Paintings, Hirvitalo, 2014
The Teasellers' Case, Bangladesh, Hervanta Library, 2014
Here Now, Tampere Audiovisual Academy, 2013
Tässä, eteenpäin (miten rakkaudesta), Frenckell's Tunnel, 2014
AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD - curated by Taina Rajanti & Annu Wilenius
The art programme of the 8th World of Tango Festival – At the Edge of the World – questions where the edge of town actually is, and who lives at the centre of the world. The exhibition has been curated by visual artist Annu Wilenius and sociologist Taina Rajanti. The exhibitions take place in cafés, restaurants, galleries and public spaces in downtown and suburban Tampere.
Floating Peers 2013 -hanke:
Anna Knappe, Meherun Akter & Maruf Adnan (Bangladesh)
Timo Bredenberg & Jussi Koitela
Hukkatila ry/Heini Ylijoki & Mikko Kyrönviita
Anne Salmela & Anna Turunen
Tsendpurev Tsegmid (Mongolia)
At the Edge of the World – and at Its Centre
The sticker states: ”Strange how I feel all the time like I am at the centre of the world”. So is the centre of the world where I am? Bruce Springsteen sings of the “Darkness On the Edge of Town”. And sure, it is dark there, but where is the edge of town actually? Where it is dark. Dark as in frightening, threatening, strange – anything could happen. Dark as in soft, ambiguous, caressing – anything could happen!
It is a question of perspective that these issues of the centre and the edge address. Whether we speak of the edge of the town or of the world – they are always also centres for a multitude of people, in a plenitude of ways. We did not wish to present a Contemporary Art program with a simple, one-dimensional conception of the edge, the suburbs, or one single way to perceive suburban life through art. We have sought for artists and art works that approach the suburban phenomenon from many differing angles. The suburb is a place where social problems often densify, but suburbs are also places where people settle in order to create better lives for themselves. There are blank concrete 70’ s suburbs and there are idylls with detached villas and their gardens, old and new, homey and alienating.
We have want ed to bring forth the particular way in which contemporary art entwines the artist and the work of art. The contemporary art program of the World of Tango Festival seeks the edge of town in two ways. F irstly the works deal with the theme of the suburb, secondly they are also displayed in suburban contexts. The exhibition takes place in libraries, a swimming pool, a pub and a myriad of cafes around town as well as differing locations in the urban surroundings such as Frenckell’s tunnel and Hirvitalo in Pispala. The artists have acquainted themselves with the locations and sought the most suitable settings for each work.
Besides Tampere and Finland-based centres and edges we wished to consider the question of the centre and the edge more globally by inviting four Finnish artists to present their works from the Floating Peers project in which they collaborated with slum residents in Bangladesh. To extend on the Asian perspective we also invited a Mongolian artist to bring her view to the exhibition.
We hope that these works will unsettle people – that they will amuse, annoy, amaze and feel strange, but none the less remain in the mind in a bothersome way and provide a possibility to reconsider one’s relation to suburbs, the edges and centres both of towns and of the world – as well as a chance to experience contemporary art in a new way, in a different kind of context.
Taina Rajanti & Annu Wilenius