IHME Comics at the Railway Square in Helsinki

16/04/2014

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“A workshop by Katja Tukiainen for free  (what a dazzling opportunity, that I was accepted at the very last moment!) and free admission for the participants to Ateneum, too… fantastic. It was all amazing, that I got to take part, managed to create a fine piece of work, and it will even be publicly displayed at the Railway Square with the other completed comics. Thank you for a breathtaking festival!” – workshop participant

IHME Contemporary Art Festival and the Ateneum Art Museum organized two workshops at the beginning of April where the participants got to imagine a different world through comics. The workshops were led by visual artist Katja Tukiainen. After the workshops the comics drawn by the participants were enlarged, to be exhibited in April at the Railway Square in the Helsinki city center. 19 people took part in the workshops, and one comic strip from each participant is featured at the exhibition. The comics are displayed on billboards that are usually used for election posters.  The workshop participants get to have a say about what they would change in the world if they were a Wonder Woman or Wonder Man.

The exhibition of IHME Comics takes place during 16 April – 27 April, 2014.  

An open competition was held in autumn 2013 where the audience got to choose the artist to lead the workshop.  The audience voted as their favorite the “A New World through Comics” workshop by Katja Tukiainen. The workshops were part of the program of the IHME Contemporary Art Festival 2014 and of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Ateneum Art Museum. In addition to the workshops, the participants got a chance to visit the Tove Jansson exhibition at the Ateneum Art Museum during the workshop weekend.

Further information:
Comics workshops: Katja Tukiainen, tukiainen.katja@gmail.com, +358 (0)50 564 6713

IHME Contemporary Art Festival
Executive Director Paula Toppila, paula.toppila@ihmefestival.fi, +358 (0)45 124 0096

The Ateneum Art Museum
Communications Manager Marja Istala Kumpunen, mik@ateneum.fi, +358 (0)50 555 3551

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IHME Contemporary Art Festival / Pro Arte Art Foundation Finland
Pro Arte Art Foundation Finland seeks to promote art in democratic society, as an important part of human life and everyday existence. The Foundation’s aim is to enhance the status and visibility of visual art, to improve the relationship between visual art and the public, and to make it more accessible. The Foundation’s work is international and directed at anyone interested in culture. The Foundation produces an annual IHME Contemporary Art Festival, consisting of a work by a chosen artist in public space, discussions, and art-education projects related to the work.