The Bridge: Greetings from Two Republics

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Virka Galleria, Helsinki, Pohjoisespalandi 11-13
Exhibition opening dates from 13.10.2017 - 25.2.2018

What kind of similarities and differences are there between Estonia and Finland? What about Finnish and Estonian national feelings, patriotism and independence in the light of history as well as through the eyes of contemporary artists?

Estonia and Finland, two neighbours across the Gulf of Finland, became independent within a few months – Finland on December 6th, 1917, and Estonia on February 24th, 1918. The exhibition ‘Sild’ (‘The Bridge’) celebrates the centenary of Finnish and Estonian independence from the perspective of communication and cultural exchange between the two peoples. There are four themes in the exhibition: The Finnish Bridge, Souvenirs, Own Land – Own Will, and Independence Culture. The most important turning points of Estonian and Finnish history are presented as a timeline. The exhibition consists of photographs, maps, films and TV shows, posters, everyday items and photo and video artworks of four Estonian and four Finnish artists.

The exhibition is created by the Estonian Institute, the Virka Gallery and the Embassy of Estonia in Helsinki. Exhibition texts are written by Mikko-Olavi Seppälä with Toomas Hiio and Kai Lobjakas as experts. The curator is Veikko Halmetoja and artists chosen to be in the exhibition are Alexei Gordin, Marja Helander, Flo Kasearu, Johanna Ketola, Karel Koplimets, Tatjana Muravskaja, Sepideh Rahaa and Sanni Seppo.

The exhibition will feature a side programme that includes seminars and concerts, the first event – the history seminar – will take place on December 1, 2017.

Title of the two-channel video by Sepideh Rahaa:
A Dream That Came True? In Transition
2017 Duration 13 min
This project has been supported by Kone Foundation.

In Transition is a poetic and metaphorical approach in which concepts of identity,
migration, womanhood and dreams are intertwined through the act of knitting with an indirect dialogue between two women who have never met. They try to self-position and to explore their roots and find the higher meaning of life. “In Transition” is produced along with other documentary-videos this year with participation of young women who grow up in Finland. One of the videos has been shown in another exhibition parallel to Virka Gallery’s exhibition and in Mältinranta gallery in Tampere and at Espoonsilta gallery in Espoonkeskus.

Photographs from the Hybrid Identity series 2017 by Sepideh Rajaa:
Hybrid Identity is a series that explores the hybrid identities of girls and women of Middle- Eastern origin who have taken up the challenge of establishing their lives and identities in Finland.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2017
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventThe Bridge - Greetings From Two Republics - Virka-galleria, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 13 Oct 201725 Feb 2018


  • exhibition
  • video art
  • photography

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