Renja Leino: Birds Pub Vol 3. Night Club
12.12.2015 - 06.01.2016
Artist talk @17
Man has been feeding birds and wild animals for ages. Not only in order for those to survive through winters, but also because it’s fascinating and even comforting to follow their lives. When observing wild creatures the circle of life starts to imperceptibly close up, and all the roar of the world and everything else fades away: there is only this moment.
At times the birds pub looks like a decoration on our yard. On the other hand the pork rinds, seeds and droppings of the birds look rather unscrupulous when having a closer look. Visual artist Renja Leino is fascinated by this concurrency of the unscrupulous and opulence. The surrounding nature and the animals of it as well as the birds eating frantic, brawls and territorial battles bring a poignant addition into observing the nature and astonish from day to day.
The behaviour of the birds begins to resemble the human being itself. While observing the birds, thoughts travel to ponder values, hunger, children living on the streets or people looking for food from dumps. It is clear, that feeding the animals during the winters is possible at wealthy times. So we put some more savory to the birds pub. The birds appear as invited, and for a moment it feels like we’d know each other. It might really be like that, but what do we actually know about that either? Nature does not care. Nature is.
Works from the Birds Pub series have been shown in Finland also before. For the first time the Birds Pub was presented in the Wäinö Aaltonen museum as an online installation in 2012. With this installation one could observe live stream in Turku from the events of Birds Pub located in Korppoo. The video work of the series ” Happy Hour” was exhibited at Mänttä Art Festival a couple of years ago and now the video work is two hours long.
Renja Leino is a photographic artist born in 1958 in Kaarina. She has graduated as a photographic artist from the University College of Art, Craft and Design, Konstfact, in Stockholm. Her works have been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions in Finland, Great Britain, Germany, the Baltic countries, in the Czech Republic, Russia, Central America, Sweden, Greece, Italy and France.
Amongst her photographic and video art Leino has made several experimental public space installations. In addition to her artistic work Leino works as a professor of photography in the Arts Degree Programme in Turku University of Applied Sciences. Leino and her husband have also established and run an international artist residency AARK into Korppoo.