Jari Silomäki: "We Are The Revolution", after Joseph Beuys

08.03.2014 - 13.04.2014

Jari Silomäki's exhibition is based on the image We Are the Revolution from 1972 by the German artist Joseph Beuys (1921­­–1986).  He strated the project in 2006 with the purpose to walk as many steps as was the number of victims in each of the 20th century political tragedies. He started the walking process from the previous century, from the murder scene of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferninad and his wife Sophie Chotek in Sarajevo, and stopped at Ground Zero in New York. Tens of millions of steps fit between these two events. The works in this exhibition are the beginning of a long, unattainable project," says Silomäki.

Silomäki follows Beuys with an idea, that each individual in a revolution is just one part of a larger whole. Revolution may be formed of individuals, but one  individual cannot be a revolution. We need the right – or, depending on point of view, wrong – place and time, as well as other participants. Silomäki raises a question, of how individuals relate to large entities: war, statistics, and centuries of history. In "We Are the Revolution", after Joseph Beuys, he describes the individual as a part of the inevitable forces of history.

Jari Silomäki (b. 1975) studied photography at the Turku Arts Academy and at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, from where he graduated in 2007. This exhibition is a third part of Silomäki's series of works on the aesthetics of war and violence. The first part, Personal War Stories of an Outsider, was featured at e.g. Mänttä Art Festival (2008) and Galerie Jette Rudolf in Berlin, Germany (2009). The second part, Ordinary Towns on Ordinary Days, has been exhibited at the Helsinki Art Museum Meilahti and the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York (2009). In addition, Silomäki has participated extensively in exhibitions in Finland and abroad, including Small Project Place in Tromso, Norway (2012), Quai N1 gallery in Vevey, Switzerland (2011), Korjaamo Galleria in Helsinki (2011), Winchester Gallery in the UK (2005) and the Hungarian House of Photography in Budapest (2007). In Finland, the works of Silomäki are represented in collections such as The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki Art Museum and the Saastamoinen Foundation.