AYE / NAY / ABSENT – A Collection of Realities | EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art

EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art is one of the biggest museums in Finland.

AYE / NAY / ABSENT – A Collection of Realities

13.11.2013 to 02.03.2014

The students of the master programme CuMMA deal with the past and future possibilities of the EMMA collection in an exhibition they have curated that especially focuses on works deposited around Espoo through their sites. Who encounters these works and how? Special focus is given to works that are invisible to the general public in one way or another, in for instance offices.

Citizens of Espoo who spend time with the artworks are heard in the exhibition in interviews compiled in an installation by sound designer Ari-Pekka Leinonen. The theme of the exhibition is further developed by the invited artist Freja Bäckman and the artist collective Wir Spielen. In workshops during the exhibition and a social art piece in the exhibition space, they deal with the notions of the public and the community together with the citizens of Espoo.

A large map of the public artworks of the city of Espoo, exhibited in the show, is the result of a collaboration between Freja Bäckman and graphic designer Stefania Passera. The map is also a part of a publication to be published in January 2014, with texts on the public space of Espoo by urban geographer Elina Eskelä, artist Saara Hannula and urban activist Vesa Korkkula. These articles challenge the reader to see the urban space in a different light. They can already be read here:


CuMMA is an MA Programme in Curating, Managing and Mediating Art at Aalto University.

The exhibition AYE / NAY / ABSENT – a collection of realities is shown at 13.11.2013 - 2.3.2014.

Open workshop for everybody:
Sat 18.1.2014 1-2.30 pm

Part of the AYE / NAY / ABSENT exhibition is the Instructions for EMMA -workshop. In the workshop scripts for encounters with the art and other residents of Espoo are written through cut-up method together with the WIR SPIELEN artist group. Please bring with you what ever kind of text in any optional language.