Art may not be able to prevent catastrophies or fix the ￼problems of the wellfare state – but it does tell, record, state things and remember. And does focus on problem areas. The desire to be understood is central to all communication. It is important from the perspective of society as hearing and listening to many voices and the widening understanding it brings of what is good and right is central in everyone’s wellbeing. Art may increase wellbeing but is it necessary for it to always do so in order to remain an active and financial supported part of changing society? It’s not very meaningful to evaluate art for it’s profitable or any other benefits. Even though there aren’t any general measuring systems for art, art is still evaluated in many different ways.
Does art and artists have a role in the changing society? How does the scarcity of funds affect the funding of art? Does all activity need to be financially profitable in order for it to be of importance? Will art become an aspect of the health services? Can art make people more well? What is artist’s work?
For Your Health Only! exhibition deals with a topical subject. The demands for art to be instrumentalized, the changing position of the artist and the emplyment of artists for their livelyhoods has created plenty of discussion lately. There are many unanswered questions and to look into those questions we invited a group of artists and students of The Finnish Academy of Art.
￼The exhibition is formed of two aspects: works that have been shown previously and new works which comment on them in some way or the subject matter in a more general way. We wanted to highlight a variety of procedures, solutions and possibilities that art and artists have to offer. We intend to continue the discussion, not trying to offer any answers. It is difficult to see into the future but let us look into what’s happening now. We might then have a glimpse of what’s coming.
Artists: Art & Process, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen and Tellervo Kalleinen, Veera Jalava, Kaisa Salmi, Timo Tähkänen, Océane Bruel, Iiris Kaarlehto, Josefina Nelimarkka, Joakim Pusenius, Mikko Tapio
Work group: Saara Hannus, Miina Hujala, Maija Kasvinen, Mikael Kinanen, Jussi Koitela, Iina Kuusimäki, Katriina Rosavaara and professor Maaretta Jaukkuri ja lecturer Martta Heikkilä
Video: Veera Jalava & Antti Sepponen
Photos: Veera Jalava with Aleksi Jalava, Oskari Pastila and Moa Karlberg