“Is listening the future of public art? Of politics? At its best, the work of Theaster Gates would seem to suggest so.”
– Laura Robertson, Frieze Magazine
The Black Charismatic, staged in Helsinki by the global star in contemporary art Theaster Gates, sparked interest in international art media. Gates’s suite of works continued the series of projects in public space commissioned by the IHME Contemporary Art Festival, with reviews, for instance, in Frieze Magazine – one of the most widely read contemporary art and culture publications.
“Art criticism frequently concentrates on museum or gallery exhibitions, while public-art projects get less column space,” says IHME Executive Director Paula Toppila. “This year’s IHME Project involved unique events, plus an installation shown for an extended period. Experiencing all of this was a challenge in itself, added to which, such an artwork makes the audience, the space, and its architecture an integral part of the experience. It is wonderful that so many art media took up the challenge.”
Enthusiastic response to IHME’s new venues
“Thanks to this marvellous place, this feels like a real discovery, a bit like a treasure.”
Audience feedback on The Black Charismatic video installation at the Salvation Army Temple
Audience feedback about the Festival particularly praised the Festival’s choices of location, Gloria Cultural Arena and the Salvation Army Temple’s congregation and prayer space. Excerpts from the audience feedback will also be published in the Festival’s annual online publication, which will appear in the autumn.
The artist and Project for the next IHME Festival, the tenth, will be announced this autumn.
Further information: Executive Director Paula Toppila, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 (0)45 1240096
Press materials and photos: www.ihmehelsinki.fi > Media Password from Communications Officer Suvi Korhonen, email@example.com, +358 (0)45 632 6267
Each year, IHME produces a work for public space by an international artist. The experience of the work carries on in the multifaceted Festival programme, which open up discussion on the topics raised by the work. IHME is open to everyone who is interested in life and contemporary art.