Minna Rainio's Doctoral Thesis Published

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Minna Rainio's doctoral thesis, The Shadowy Rooms of Globalization, has been published and is available to buy from the University of Lapland library, or online (http://granum.uta.fi/granum/kirjanTiedot.php?tuote_id=24802).

A downloadable .pdf version is also available here.

The text is in Finnish, but there is a lengthy English Summary at the end.

Rainio & Roberts at IHME Festival, Helsinki

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Rainio & Roberts will present their work at the IHME festival in Helsinki during the IHME Marathon on Sunday 6.4.2014. Other speakers include Outi Peski, Marja Helander, Adel Abidin, Jaakko Heikkilä, Pekka Niskanen, Pia LIndman, Pekka Kainulainen, Diego Bruno, and Johanna Lecklin.

The IHME Festival runs from 4–6.4.2104 at Vanha, Helsinki.

If you could see me now

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If you could see me now is a trilogy of multi-screen DVD video installations by Minna Rainio and Mark Roberts.  The series is comprised of the works Rajamailla (Borderlands) (2004), Angles of Incidence (2006) and Eight Rooms (2008). THe three works explore how different groups of people experience their changing social positions and relations, and focus on people who exist at the margins of society – margins which might be either physical (geographical) or social. Each of the works also deals with the transformations experienced when passing from one place, time or set of circumstances to another.

Rajamailla (Borderlands) Three-screen synchonised DVD installation, 24 minutes

Rajamaiila is a DVD installation which takes the Finnish-Russian border as its central theme. The film focuses on the lives of people living on both sides of the border, using fact, fiction and fantasy to investigate how the presence of the border affects their lives.

The film is presented on three-screens - the left screen shows scenes from Finland, the right screen shows scenes from Russia, while the central screen shows scenes from the border cut between the two countries. The images from Finland and Russia have been photographed in villages and areas which lie very close to the border.

Eight Rooms Eight-screen synchronised DVD installation. 20 minutes

'Eight Rooms' is an installation consisting of eight video projections that deals with the trafficking of women into Finland. The eight screens are arranged to form a circle around the audience. The audio soundtrack for each screen features one story - one aspect or point of view – detailing the experiences of a trafficked woman. Each story is associated with a different screen. Each screen depicts a bed in a room. The beds are initially untidy. As the story begins, a cleaning woman enters the room and begins to tidy the room. When the room has been tidied, she leaves the room (and the screen) and enters the next room on the adjacent screen. Occasionally, the images on the screens are interrupted with other footage supporting the dialogue. As the cleaner moves from screen to screen, the tidied rooms behind the audience become untidy again, so that by the time the cleaner has made a full circuit around the installation, the first room is once again untidy and in need of cleaning.

Angles of Incidence Three-screen DVD installation. 15 minutes

Angels of Incidence deals with the experiences of immigrants moving to other countries. The work is comprised of three video scenes photographed in three separate locations – an immigration interview room, an immigration detention centre, and an administration building where decisions concerning the immigrant’s future are made.

Each of the spaces photographed for Angles of Incidence are spaces of power – situations which the immigrant must pass through in order to enter and be legally accepted in his or her new society. The video material consists of static ‘photographic’ shots – there is only one long shot of each space. No people are visible in the spaces, rendering the spaces, and their significance, all the more powerful.

Each image is accompanied by audio interviews with immigrants detailing their experiences in each of the specific locations. Their stories complement and contrast with the stark images.


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Angles of Incidence is showing as part of the touring exhibition Borderlives March 15 - June 1, 2008 Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany June 14 - August 10, 2008, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Kiel, Germany

Veli Granö, Jaakko Heikkilä, Tea Mäkipää, Anu Pennanen, Minna Rainio & Mark Roberts, Vesa Ranta & others

Borderlives - Contemporary Art from Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Tallinn is an up-to-date inquiry into the artistic, social and mental situation of this northernmost region of art in Europe. It concentrates on artists, who independently and accurately reflect the epochal upheavals of recent years. At the center of this artistic discussion are physical and mental border experiences.

Stadtgalerie Kiel

Ludvig Forum für International Kunst

Catalogue (Amazon.de)

Rovaniemi Art Museum

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Both Angles of Incidence and Rajamailla (Borderlands) will be shown at Rovaniemi Art Museum, Rovaniemi, Finland, from 23.1 - 9.3.2008.  A selection of individual (solo) works will also be exhibited.

Mark Roberts is showing two new video video works Foreign Apples and Terra Incognita from the series "Scenographs". Each work in the series attempts to condense a theme or issue into a single scene. Foreign Apples  looks at the presence of nationalism in the everyday, while Terra Incognita examines the difficulty of making life-changing decisions in a mundane world.

Talvimaa - Winterland: Finnish Photography Triennale

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Angles of Incidence will receive its premiere and be exhibited as part of the fifth Finnish Photography Triennale at Salo Art Museum, 3.11.2006 - 7.1.2007.  

The fifth Finnish Photography Triennial is organized in co-operation by the Union of Artist Photographers together with the Salo Art Museum and will be open from November 3rd 2006 to January 7th 2007 at Salo Art Museum. The show is curated by Raakel Kuukka, photographic artist, who has selected 17 artists to show at the triennial.

The main themes of The fifth Finnish Photography Triennial are the human being and the community. The title of the exhibition, Talvimaa - Winterland, is a geographically undefined area in the Northern hemisphere, but it is also a state of mind that can be interpreted and that in turn affects our interpretations. Semantically speaking, the title embraces at the same time borders and the lack of them, while looking also at the notions of local and global. The artists participating in the show reform, expand and question the associations triggered by the title.

The exhibition is a proof of the diversity of the working methods of contemporary photographers. The works reflect the broad range of stylistic choices of the photographers, from realism to surrealism, giving fresh life to the stereotypes of landscape and portrait photography. The variety of media employed by the photographic artists today, made it natural to include also video works in the show.

The artists included in the triennial are: Pasi Autio, Ilkka Halso, Martti Jämsä, Janne Lehtinen, Jouko Lehtola, Susanna Majuri, Aada Niilola, Hannu Pakarinen, Marja Pirilä & Petri Nuutinen, Minna Rainio & Mark Roberts, Catarina Ryöppy, Sanna Sarva, Marjukka Vainio, Hanna Weselius and Maria Ylikoski.

A catalogue of the show, both in Finnish and English, will be published in co-operation with publishing house Musta Taide. The catalogue, with its artist presentations, and articles by the photographer Hanna Weselius, museum director Laura Luostarinen and curator Raakel Kuukka, will be an up-to-date overview of Finnish contemporary photography at its best. Graphic desingner Anne-Mari Ahonen is responsible for the layout of the catalogue and other printed materials.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- INFORMATION Curator Raakel Kuukka,  Union of Artist Photographers, Kalevankatu 18 B FI-00100 Helsinki, e-mail: photo@artists.fi

INFORMATION Museum director Laura Luostarinen, Salo Art Museum Veturitalli, Mariankatu 14, FI-24240 Salo,  Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10-18, Sat 11-17, Sun 11-18. Admission 3 e, pensioners 2 e, students 1 e, children under 18 free. www.salontaidemuseo.fi.

One Thousand Words, Valo Gallery, Rovaniemi

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“A picture is worth a thousand words” Minna Rainio’s and Mark Roberts’ joint exhibition explores the relationships between images and texts – the areas where words and images mix, interact and create new meanings. 

Minna Rainio’s series “Subtitled Scenes” is part of an ongoing process in which she films scenes from her everyday life. These moments might be seemingly insignificant and ordinary, yet they are also extraordinary and form the pattern of a life. During these ordinary moments when nothing much happens, we are thinking and trying to make sense of our lives, the world and our place in it. 

The work consists of a series of film-stills that she has taken from the films and to which she has added subtitles. The subtitles allow her to look at her experience from outside, as if a “foreigner” to herself. The relationship between the subtitle and the image also reflects the connection between experience and articulation, and the space between emotion and language. 

Mark Roberts also explores the connections between the image and language (or text). For Roberts, the photograph is a language much as any other: "From an early age we are continually exposed to images. We learn to read their codes, understand their meanings, and when we pick up a camera we begin to speak their language.”

Roberts’ works for the exhibition explore this concept of the image as language. Using several different textual methods he disturbs the familiarity of the image, and challenges the viewer’s relationship with the photograph. His works are an attempt to ‘read between the lines’ of the image, suggesting that although we might speak the language of the photograph, we don’t necessarily always understand what is being said.

tuhat sanaa - one thousand words Galleria Valo, Rovaniemi, Finland 4.4. - 20.4.06

Barents Art Triennale, Kirkenes, Norway

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Rajamailla is showing as part of the Barents Art Triennale in Kirkenes, Norway. The exhibition features Maja Bajevic & Emanuel Licha, Ursula Biemann and Angela Sanders, Isaac Julien, Roman Ondak, Minna Rainio & Mark Roberts, Oliver Ressler & Martin Krenn and Stephen Willats. Curator: Jan-Erik Lundstøm. Exhibits from the community project of Laura Anderson Barbata, Geir Tore Holm, Marja Helander, Lena Stenberg. 

29.8 - 30.9.2005 Border Dialogues - Barents Art Triennale, Kirkens (Pikene på Broen)

Border Dialogues – The Barents Art Triennial, is an international art project, which aims to mediate and explore questions and responses, experiences and feelings related to the concept of borders. The project is organised in different phases with activities such as exhibitions, community projects, texts, talks, travels, workshops and events or festivals, held in different places throughout the period of mid 2005 to mid 2006.

Kirkenes is located in the northeast of Norway on the border between Finland and Russia, in the Barents Region. The Barents Region includes the northernmost countries of Sweden, Finland and Norway and Northwest of Russia. Within this region there are a huge amount of structures, languages and cultures.The project aims to bring to light knowledge about borders and boundaries, with international art as a source, to people in the Barents region. At the same time, the project also aims to connect the particular context of the Barents region and its artists to other artists, places and contexts outside the region.


Taking an international art focus to focus on border issues and to discuss the theme of "indigenous people, national states and borders”, the triennial aimed to expose and make visible the physical, social and mental structures that define movements and thoughts of people. It studied different art strategies as well as the possible shape of a Barents Triennial. It consisted of art exhibitions, journeys, events, community art, artistic research, an environmental art workshop and a seminar, held in different places throughout the period of mid 2005 to mid 2006.

The history of the borders of this area, consequences of the nation building and indigenous peoples’ history, were important backdrops for this project. Through the project, organisers connected four places with similar histories on each side of the borders – Kirkenes (NO) and Murmansk (RU), the villages Neiden (NO) and Lovozero (RU). By inviting artists to work in the communities ahead of the opening event, organisers encouraged dialogues between the artists and people locally. The audience was introduced to excerpts from different dialogues, visually or verbally expressed. Interesting exhibitions reflecting the topics were on display.

An explosive sound event took place in Murmansk, with the most interesting electronic musicians from Murmansk, Mombus and Test Pressing, together with ADD from Petrozavodsk and the Vienna-based artists Franz Pomassl and Anna Ceeh.

The exhibition Next Door in Kirkenes consisted of seven projects and presentations of artistic practices that engaged, narrated and explored issues of transgression, exile, migration, community and self, all performed and enacted through the presence of real and imaginary borders.


Leaps of Faith, Nicosia, Cyprus

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Rajamailla (Borderlands) is showing in the Leaps of Faith exhibition in Nicosia, curated by Katerina Gregos and Erden Kosova, 13 - 29.5.2005. Leaps of Faith is an international exhibition and multi-disciplinary arts project that will be held in Cyprus in May 2005 and will mark the first time in 30 years that a part of the UN controlled Green Line (buffer zone) dividing the island is opened up for use in an international event.

The Theme of the Project This project aims to animate and activate public spaces, buildings and sites in the divided city of Nicosia and the war-ravaged Green Line, partitioning the capital of Cyprus, through an international public arts event. The purpose of the project is to reinforce communication and exchange but also to encourage an alternative discourse which diverges from the political perspective that has been largely limited to the internal issues surrounding the perennial Cyprus Problem. This means exploring the parameters of the islands unique geographic position being poised, as it is, between three continents, and situated within a region marked by ongoing political conflicts. At the same time, it aims to shift its attention to a host of existing socio-cultural issues and problems that have been marginalised as a result of the realpolitik such as gender and class issues, minority rights, the ill effects of tourism, de-regulated urban expansion, skewed notions of development and economic and sexual exploitation of immigrants. Rather than focusing solely on issues of opposition, division and closure the exhibition and its parallel events hope to focus on the possibilities for such openings political and cultural co-habitation, communication, and social change, as a way of imagining a peaceful and hopeful future for the island.

Venues For more than 30 years, the UN controlled buffer zone, with its shelled out homes and shops left in ruins since the armed conflict in 1974, has run through the heart of Nicosia, a visually dramatic and alarming reminder of the hostilities that split the island and prevented Cypriots from interacting with each other until April 2003. The exhibition will be held in the charged site of the so-called Green Line in the abandoned buildings and on the street - and will spill into public spaces, buildings and venues on both sides of the divided city, thus calling into question the function of public space as well as of boundaries, visible and invisible, of the past and of the future. 

Structure Leaps of Faith will include a main exhibition organized by its curatorial team, which will feature 22 international and Cypriot artists whose work has conveyed an understanding of the notion of a contested territory, is engaged with a strong sense of social responsibility, operates site-specifically, and is in a position to be able to highlight the particular physiognomy of the city of Nicosia. The exhibition will be comprised of new, site specific works, which have been based on local research and communication. 

A series of film screenings, lectures, artists workshops/talks and a conference have been planned to coincide with the exhibition. The artists workshops and talks are being organized by Noise of Coincidence, a Cypriot collaborative artists group. The film screenings will take place at the Weaving Mill in South Nicosia, the Goethe Institut in the UN buffer zone and Arabahmet Cultural Centre in North Nicosia.

A tri-lingual (English-GreekTurkish) catalogue, designed by Cha Cha Cha Design, is being produced for the exhibition. It will include texts by the exhibition curators as well as by Rana Zincir (project initiator, political scientist/economist), John Nassari (artist and academic), Neshe Yasin (poet), and Maria Hadjipavlou (political scientist, lecturer at the University of Cyprus)

Participating artists in exhibition: ARTLAB (Great Britain), KATERINA ATTALIDES (Cyprus), MARC BIJL (Netherlands), CALL#192 (Cyprus), HUSSEIN CHALAYAN (Cyprus), PHIL COLLINS (Great Britain), MINERVA CUEVAS (Mexico), KENDELL GEERS (South Africa), SEJLA KAMERIC (Bosnia), SERAP KANAY (Cyprus), SIGALIT LANDAU (Israel), PANAYOTIS MICHAEL (Cyprus), DAN PERJOVSCHI (Romania), SUSAN PHILIPSZ (Great Britain), PLATFORMA 9,81 (Croatia), MINNA RAINIO & MARK ROBERTS (Finland), AKRAM ZAATARI (Lebanon)

Participating artists in film/video screenings and presentations: ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS (Israel/Palestine), LONNIE VAN BRUMMELEN (The Netherlands), MARINE HUGONNIER (France), DAVID MASSEY (Israel), ANGELA MELITOPOULOS (Germany), KATARINA REJGER & ERIC VAN DEN BROEK (Netherlands) HITO STEYERL (Germany), ZELIMIR ZILNIK (Serbia) 

Artists/groups participating with parallel projects:  DEEP, EMAA Group, Maria Anaxagora, Emin Çizenel, Inci Kansu, Ismet Tatar, Katerina, Neophytidou, Mehmet Yashin, Neshe Yashin, Nilgün Güney, Pembe Gaziler, Phanos Kyriacou, Rüya Resat, Sophia Kakoulli & Chara Savvidou & Constantinos Evangelides, Vicky Pericleous, Dr.Yiannis Papadakis, Zehra Sonya & Nicholas Panayi, Hourig Torossian, Horst Weierstall, The 242 Art Group, Mustafa Hulusi, 2/2n (Skevi Afantites, Hein van Dam, Jessica Goes, Meric Kara, Christos Kyriakides Alexis Marinis, Matalou@home, Jorge Moitas, Daniella Pais, Yiorgos Tsaggari, Zenios Tselepis U4EA, Ayca Tuyluoglu, Kyriaki Costa Hadjipierri, Carolien Vlieger), Serhat Selisik, Anil Ozgurun, Anber Onar

Sponsors Leaps of Faith is supported by the Open Society Institute, the European Cultural Foundation, the Chrest Foundation, the United Nations Bi-communal Development Programme, which is funded by UNDP and USAID, and executed by UNOPS.

Additional support has been received by the Mondriaan Foundation, FRAME (The Finnish Fund for Art Exchange), the British Council, Technical Chamber of Cyprus (ETEK), The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Cyprus Mail, Yeni Düzen and Politis newspapers, Vakiflar Bank, Goethe-Zentrum Nicosia and the Pharos Trust.

The Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus is giving support to parallel events organized by Greek Cypriot artists groups.

Contact For more information: Rana Zincir, Project Initiator. E: rzincir@yahoo.com T: 90 533 734 5886 For press material/images: Göknur Gündogan, Kolektif Productions, Project Assistant  E: pr@ifistanbul.com T: 90 212 243 7433 Exhibition opening times: daily 11 am 8pm

Aine Art Museum, Tornio, Finland

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Rajamailla (Borderlands) will be shown along with a new selection of photographs of the border area in an exhibition at Aine Art Museum in Tornio, Finland, 10.9 - 3.10.2004. Rainio and Roberts will also show some of their individual works.

Aine Art Muesum Torikatu 2 Tornio

PANG: Public Art Northern Genre

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Rainio & Roberts will be participating in PANG, a public art event in Rovaniemi, Finland.

During the summer 2004, as part of the Folklore Festival Jutajaiset, an environmental and community art event is organized in Rovaniemi, Finland. The colourful history of Rovaniemi city will be the basis of this site specific and process oriented happening. The works will be presented to the public and the opening will take place on the 30th of June 2004.    

The purpose is to find new ways to confront the city, and see how the natural and urban environments meet. As a result, art will be produced to town residents without boundaries, which will encourage the citizens to feel safer and more satisfied with their surroundings. Even the image of the city might change in the process.

The art works of PANG will be prepared and/or constructed together with a selected group of artists and different associations and groups from Rovaniemi. The works will be produced by traditional methods, new media and by means of community art such as performances, art activism, sound and light all over the city. Some works of art are momentary for the time of Jutajaiset-festival only.

Disposable Histories Rainio & Roberts At second hand store Revontuli, Koskikatu 27 from 30th of June to 14th of July, mon-fri 10am - 5pm, sat 10am - 2pm.

In a sense,  the second hand store is a museum - a historical repository of a different kind. It contains objects and memories that have been disposed of, but nonetheless these objects and memories are a part of the place. The installation takes some of these discarded objects which were once owned by different people, and combines them to form a new collection. In this way, the installations combine objects from Rovaniemi, and as such they tell something about the place. Each of these objects had a history which was considered disposable - a history, in other words, with a price attached. However the installations take these items and create a new history.

Into each installation they will place one or more items of their own, thus contributing part of their own history to the work. Their own contributions might be items they wish to discard, or a photograph produced specifically for the installation.