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– a do-it-yourself cathedral

MUU Kaapeli (MUU Cable)
Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 C, 00180 Helsinki
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 12am-4pm

servesomebodyCROPPEDEmma Rönnholm, 2017


Soon it’s Christmas. 

As a child, Christmas was magical, filled with expectation. Recently the Christmas dinners have started to feel like frames in a stop motion animation; the people around the table aging at a break-neck pace, only the ceramic candle holders from Turku castle remain unchanged. 

This exhibition is about Christmas. About the many contradictory phenomena and moods this holiday encompasses. SERVE SOMEBODY is an agglomerate of childhood Christmases and adult christmases: simultaneously magic and melancholic, kitschy and ascetic. As the present reflects the past, plastic bags can be cathedrals, pearls can be prayers and life, a rubber band.
Because all these dimensions exist, and they are all equally true.

The exhibition consists of new sculptures and installations. The largest piece is a collage of plastic bags that transforms the gallery’s windows into Gothic stained glass and the gallery into a kind of DIY cathedral. The artworks are formed by the surrounding space, but also by the given time frame. Some works will change during the show, others have their own rhythm and produce light or motion. All are tailored for these four weeks in November and December, the darkest time of the year.

The exhibition is funded by
Paulon Säätiö,
Svenska Litteratursällskapet and
Svenska Kulturfonden.

Emma Rönnholm (b. 1984 in Turku) graduated from the the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2011. She works with installations and objects, often with motorized / mechanical elements. The works are playful observations of everyday gestures and materials that open up to the philosophical and conceptual. 

’Serve Somebody’ is Rönnholms fourth soloshow in Finland. Previously she has exhibited at e.g. Gallery Sculptor and ForumBox, and participated in several group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. Rönnholm collaborates regularly with visual artist Salla Vapaavuori, and she also works as an illustrator and critic. 

Her works are represented in several collections, such as the Saastamoinen Säätiö and Turku City Art Collection. In 2017 she was nominated for the Fine Arts Academy Award in Finland.  

instagram: @ronnholme