Utställning: Saskia Gullstrand & Riina Tanskanen: Plague Dating / Aikuistumisriittejä
1.9.2021 13:00 to 17.9.2021 17:00
Suomenlinna B28, Helsinki, Finland
Languages: Finnish, Swedish
This exhibition features the works of two young comics artists: Saskia Gullstrand from Sweden and Riina Tanskanen from Finland. Feminism and the defence of one’s viewpoints are the themes that bring the works of these two artists together, who also don’t shy away from delving into topics like mental health and sexuality.
Opening 1.9 at 17–19
Exhibition open: 1–17 September, Wednesdays to Saturdays 13.00-17.00
Saskia Gullstrand was born in 1989 and is a Swedish comics artist and teacher, whose stories are about love, sisterhood and violence. She currently lives and works in Malmö. Saskia will unlock her creative flow during the CUNE Comics-in-Residence Programme organised by the Finnish Comics Society in Helsinki from August to September 2021. Her project, Plague Dating, is a short comic strip about the encounter between two people in an eerie and beautiful park during the pandemic. This story explores the power and need of sexual experiences, as well as what happens to passion at a time when touch and physical intimacy become almost impossible.
Riina Tanskanen was born in 1998 and she is a Finnish comics artist known for her Stinky Girls (Tympeät tytöt) cartoons that she posts on her Instagram account. In addition, she also writes poems, prose and short stories. She set up the Stinky Girls art account on Instagram in April 2020 and it already has more than 24,000 followers. In her art works, Tanskanen addresses social and societal issues, amongst which those linking to our performance-oriented society, body image, appearance-related pressures, racism, sexism, sexuality, sexual violence and girl power. On her Instagram account, Tanskanen captions her art works with texts critical of society and experiences related to femininity. A comic book of Stinky Girls will be published in the summer of 2021.
The exhibition is part of the Helsinki Comics Festival 2021, which will be held in Suvilahti on 4-5 September.
Discover more about the Festival: www.sarjakuvafestivaalit.fiGo to Facebook event page