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Artists' Association MUU » HEINI AHO: Thought Leans on Another 31 August – 23 September 2012 MUU gallery
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HEINI AHO: Thought Leans on Another 31 August – 23 September 2012 MUU gallery

heiniahoAn official at the employment office, a neurologist without work in his own field, once told a friend of mine about the brain and about thoughts. Frequently travelled paths in the brain become ever deeper ingrained as we repeat the same reactions again and again. The deeper these memory traces are ingrained, the more difficult it becomes to access less travelled paths, not to mention the “untamed wilderness”.

The brain metaphor once helped me overcome insomnia. When I noticed myself getting anxious about the impending night as it was growing dark, I began pushing my thoughts away from the sceptical highway towards unknown alleyways. Gradually I noticed my mood getting lighter, and I was able to step all the way into the bush.

The exhibition Thought Leans on Another consists of mixed material sculptures and video installations. The thoughts in the exhibition are not nailed or screwed together. They may wobble with a push, or even fall down from a blow.

The exhibition is about the human being. In a sense, the works are human, friends of humans, some kinds of friendly aliens. They borrow aspects of human life, of organs, physical size or shape. For example, there is a lungful of air and an armsful of clay on display. The artificial works try to imitate the human condition by drawing attention to absurd tangles of ideas and the sensitivity of life.

Heini Aho (b. 1979, Turku, Finland) graduated from the degree programme of sculpture at the Turku Art Academy in 2003, and she has since then mounted exhibitions and worked in residencies. In 2009 she began MFA studies at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.

During the past year, Heini has exhibited her work at the Jakarta Biennale in Indonesia, at the Flux Aura environmental art event in Turku, at the Collage exhibition in the Hyvinkää Art Museum, and at the Performance Voyage 2011 festival tour.

Heini has recently been working with spatial installation, video and performance art. Her spatial works often open up fully only from a specific angle of viewing. The affinity of her practice to collage often takes the form of a process of dismantling and reassembling materials.


Arts Council of Finland
Paulo Foundation
Culture Board of the City of Turku


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