FINNISH TANGO SHOW + FINLAND STATION
CURATED BY VICTOR ZAMUDIO-TAYLOR
MARCH 19 – APRIL 17, 2004
OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY: MARCH 19, 2004 6-8PM
First of a three-year series Finnish Tango Show, will highlight the thematic and formal endeavors of contemporary artists from Finland operating within and against the dynamics of national culture, evoking the complexities and subtleties of the unique Nordic perspective on current political, societal and cultural prerogatives. Finnish Tango Show refers to translational and transnational strategies as markers of difference and procedures of resistance to the established mainstreams & positioning within larger, problematic contexts of today’s ‘glocal’ culture. Tango has become a quasi-national dance with practitioners-translators competing internationally. The title here refers to the fashioning of national identities & narratives on the nation, and on the self vis-a-vis translation, a trait or operation that is characteristic of nations outside of the centers of economic, political and cultural powers who nonetheless have a long, conflictive and rich history.
Finnish Tango Show will be the first New York solo for Pekka Niskanen and Jari Silomäki. In the street level window of White Box and as part of (Video Box) Finland Station, curated by Ingrid Chu, Louky Keijsers and Victor Zamudio Taylor, will feature two videos by Sari Tervaniemi and Tero Malinen followed by a wide-ranging selection of some of the most outstanding video and film work being produced in Finland today. At the same time, inside the exhibition space, Finland Station will show Tellervo Kalleinen’s first New York solo and premiere the artist’s White Spot video work.
Major support received from FRAME, Finnish Fund for Art Exchange.