Myrtilius Kauria

OAF Academy: Myrtillius Kauria’s Modern Slavery exhibition

A warm welcome to Myrtillius Kauria’s Modern Slavery exhibition! The exhibition will be held at Pertti’s Choice Gallery as part of Helsinki Design Week festival during 8.9.-30.9.2023. Welcome also to the opening of the exhibition on Thursday 7.9. at 17-19! Pertti’s Choice shop and gallery is located at Helsinki’s Hakaniemi, in the address Hakaniemenkuja 2. Pertti’s Choice is open Wed-Fri 14-18 and Sat 11-15. The space is accessible.

With his rya rug and animation works, Kauria highlights the life of the modern slave, a life of economic starvation and social exclusion, a chronic experience of worthlessness and fear of next week, the next month and the next year.

“For a couple of years now, I have been tying rya rugs by hand and, in a departure from the Finnish traditional and mythological themes, I mainly depict the everyday life of a poor and marginalised person and the everyday details associated with it. Despite their dark content, my rya rugs are in many ways hilarious and the characters are childish, even a little absurd in places.”-Myrtillius Kauria

Myrtillius Kauria is a self-taught artist who will work at OAF Academy in 2023, a new art programme by Outsider Art Festival that is produced by Pertti’s Choice and funded by the Kone Foundation. The theme of the programme is power.

The exhibition will be accompanied by HDW Talks, a programme of discussions on artists’ employment and different routes into the creative industries:

On Wednesday 6 September at 18:00 Outsider Art Festival and Finnish outsider art will be on display at the Pecha Kucha evening at Aalto University. Surprising talks from ten top designers and thinkers.

On Friday 8 September at 17:00, a discussion at Pertti’s Choice. With OAF director Heini Merkkiniemi, Myrtillius Kauria, HDW Programme Director Anni Korkman and Japanese design company Heralbony. The event will be opened by Minja Koskela, Member of Parliament.

On Friday 15 September at 15:15, a discussion at Merikortteli. With OAF Executive Director Heini Merkkiniemi, artists Myrtillius Kauria and Maria and Satu Tani. The event will be moderated by HDW Programme Director Anni Korkman.

Read more: Pertti’s ChoiceThe Exhibition page at HDW’s siteFacebook event of the exhibitionPecha Kucha nightMerikortteli discussion eventOAF AcademyMyrtillius KauriaKauria’s Instagram