Venice Biennale 2022

Finland presents Close Watch by Pilvi Takala at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Close Watch, a newly commissioned video installation by Pilvi Takala, premieres at the Pavilion of Finland at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Commissioned and produced by Frame, the exhibition is curated by Christina Li. The exhibition will be held from 23 April to 27 November, 2022.

The multi-channel installation is based on Takala’s experience in the private security industry, where she worked covertly as a fully qualified security guard. The piece is centred on workshops she developed in response to issues encountered on the job during her six-month employment at one of Finland’s largest shopping malls.

Pilvi Takala is a Berlin and Helsinki-based artist working with video and performance. Takala’s approach relies on a slow process starting from a research period. Her video works are based on performative interventions in which she researches specific communities in order to process social structures and question the normative rules and truths of our behaviour in different contexts. Christina Li is a curator and a writer based in Hong Kong and Amsterdam.

Venice Biennale is the first and most important biennial of contemporary art. Every second year, various countries showcase their exhibitions at the Venice Biennale. The exhibitions are spread around the historic center of Venice in different pavilions. Finland is among 29 countries that have their own pavilion in Giardini, historical park of pavilions.


Exhibition Details

Pavilion of Finland at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Address: Pavilion of Finland, Giardini di Castello 30122

Exhibition dates: 23 April – 27 November 2022

Opening times:
23 April – 25 September 2022: 11am – 7pm
27 September – 27 November 2022 10am – 6pm

Closed on Mondays (except 25 April, 30 May, 27 June, 25 July, 15 August, 5 September, 19 September, 31 October, 21 November)

Tickets and more information about visiting on the La Biennale di Venezia website

Media bank

Artist Pilvi Takala, with white skin and short ash-blonde hair is pictured standing next to Curator Christina Li, with dark wavy hair and tawny skin. They are both looking into the camera, standing in front of a distressed brick wall on a bright sunny day.

Pilvi Takala and Christina Li. Image by Ugo Carmeni for Frame Contemporary Art Finland

Pilvi Takala. Image by Ugo Carmeni for Frame Contemporary Art Finland

Artist

Pilvi Takala

Pilvi Takala is a Berlin and Helsinki-based artist working with video and performance. She will exhibit at the Finnish Pavilion of the 2022 Venice Biennale.

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Curator Christina Li, with dark wavy hair and tawny skin, is pictured against a blue wooden wall of the Finnish pavilion at the Venice Bienale. She is looking straight into the camera, wearing round glasses, with her arms crossed.

Curator

Christina Li

Christina Li is a curator and writer working in Hong Kong and Amsterdam. She is the curator of Pilvi Takala’s exhibition at the 2022 Venice Biennale.

Read more about Christina Li