[] Flush - Art in Helsinki City Hall bathrooms - 2012

23.3. – 30.9.2012

Flush -  Päivi Koskinen, Sasha Huber, Heidi Lunabba, Petri Saarikko, Petri Ala-Maunus, Juhana Moisander and Minna Suoniemi
Helsinki City Hall’s Virka Gallery blurs the borders between the public and the private with its Flush! exhibition, which is on display in unconventional places – the expansive public washrooms and their adjoining lounges in the City Hall.

The City Hall washrooms are open for the public throughout the City Hall opening hours free of charge. As all public washrooms, there are separate facilities for men and women. Flush! respects this separation of genders in the selections of art by putting on view different selections in the men’s and women’s rooms.

The curators of Flush! explore the nature of public washrooms at the border of the public and the private. As such public washrooms can be bewildering places. The bewilderment is reflected in the exhibition by photographs, video art and installations by seven artists.

Päivi Koskinen’s photographs take the viewers to the private places of showers at homes. Heidi Lunabba’s Drawing in Snow video shows a ballet dancer forming patterns in snow by urinating. The other Flush! artists are Petri Saarikko, Petri Ala-Maunus, Sasha Huber, Juhana Moisanderand Minna Suoniemi.

Flush! is part of the programmes of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 and Helsinki Photography biennial. 

Flush! at Virka Gallery through September 30th, 2012, Mon-Fri 9-19, Sat-Sun 10-16

free admission

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