Kristoffer Ala-Ketola: Expect Revenge
Time1.6.2023 – 2.7.2023 EET/EEST
Exhibition Centre WeeGee
Ahertajantie 5, 02100 EspooSee location on the map(external link)
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HD video. Commissioned work for Pride Month
Premiere on 1 June 2023
Expect Revenge is a visual poem that consists of hundreds of scenes, combines different narratives and episodes and creates a proposal for a modified history. The video work borrows its style from the tradition of music videos and video collages.
In this video work, the author contrasts scenes from his personal life with constructed images and describes a queer journey in which different opposites merge together. Through his work, Ala-Ketola reflects on his role as a viewer, author and director, among other things.
The themes of Expect Revenge stem from human encounters, friendship and the history linked to queer politics. The work reflects the way we currently store our lives’ moments to digital devices.
The work has its roots in Finland’s current cultural politics. Ala-Ketola recognises how the creation of art is downplayed and disregarded in public debate, which leads to the deterioration of the preconditions for artists’ livelihoods. The work portrays the joy of creating art while it also depicts the awareness that the creation of art requires support from society. Adhering to Helsinki Pride’s Joy and Riot theme, Ala-Ketola challenges viewers to defend their rights in politics and to support culture.
Kristoffer Ala-Ketola is a Helsinki-based visual artist who graduated from Yale School of Art in 2019. He works with moving image, sculpture, painting and installation art in Helsinki. His works have been exhibited at, for example, Shin Gallery in New York and Kunsthalle
Ala-Ketola’s works deal with the formation of emotions and their impact on our environment. With his works, he aims to provoke thoughts about the politics of our time, the psyche, behaviour and the structures of our culture. Ala-Ketola’s stylistic methods and themes include camp, grotesque and opposition, and his works often feature both humorous and melancholic elements.
The City of Espoo is an official partner of Helsinki Pride in 2023.
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