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Absence, Isolated, Excluded
Installation – video projections, sound, light, photography

MUU Gallery
Lönnrotinkatu 33, 00180 Helsinki
Open: Tue-Fri 12-17, Sat-Sun 12-16

Juan Kasari: Absence, 2017 (detail)


Juan Kasari’s exhibition IN TRANSITION is an immersive installation that consists of site-specific elements, several video projections, sounds, photographs and natural as well as artificial light.

Opening ceremony on Thursday, 18 January 2018 from 5 to 7 pm. Welcome!


The reality around us is composed of random events, probabilities and intentional events. They are all complex phenomena, whether visible or invisible.

We as humans exist in a no man’s land between things and meanings. New things and meanings emerge from the process of encounters and events around us. The installation renders tangible states of isolation, transitoriness and ephemerality. The exhibition in MUU Gallery is a calm, slow and detached space which invites the audience to take a break from the external world defined by time. Viewers find their own meanings and associations through the works on display.

The artworks are large abstract colour surfaces that avoid both the figurative idiom and narrativity. They are also in a constant state of change. The artificial and natural light, the layers of superimposed video projections and the viewer’s presence all play upon the gallery space and the works, giving rise to new changeable meanings.

Kasari’s works are based on Mondrian’s idea of pure beauty that is devoid of figurative or narrative content. The projections employ primary colours and their combinations.

In his artistic work, Juan Kasari explores the internal tensions of humanity and microcosmoses. His previous major solo shows (Gated Community and Real White Panthers) were about real-life closed communities. In his more recent exhibitions, Kasari’s visual vocabulary has become more abstract, yet addressing the same themes.