Exhibition: Visible invisibility. Young people’s hybrid realities in Helsinki and St Petersburg

Helsinki art museum (Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8), Corner Gallery

Photo: Patrik Rastenberger.

Visible Invisibility invites visitors to dive into vivid and hidden forms of urban youth subcultures in Saint Petersburg and in Helsinki. The exhibition foregrounds the creative struggles for the right to belong to urban space and asks who has the right to the space. The exhibition asks the question: on which terms is it possible for art and research to depict subcultural meanings?

Urban youth cultures and subcultures create invisible, unknown layers which are often revealed only for the members of these cultures: those who have knowledge of the practices, conventions, styles and communities – for those ones who understand the language. Through photographs, sound, video and field notes the display makes different and undisclosed subcultural dimensions visible.

The exhibition focuses on encounters in urban circus, on active communities of Pokémon Go, on redefinition of the city by sticker artists and on gender in graffiti subculture. All four portrayals of subcultural phenomena are result of collaboration between photographic gaze and urban ethnographic research. Through photographs, sound, video and field notes the display makes different and undisclosed subcultural dimensions visible.

The exhibition is part of the research project Digital Youth in the Media City (2016-18), which has produced interdisciplinary knowledge on struggles, control and belongings of young people's digital cultures in Helsinki and St. Petersburg. Open workshops and other events will be organized during the exhibition.

Visible Invisibility has been created by:

Finnish Youth Research Network, Finland
National Research University, St Petersburg, Russia
Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia
University of Helsinki, Finland
University of Tampere, Finland

Researchers: Malin Fransberg, Margarita Kuleva, Yana Krupets, Heta Mulari, Arseniy Svynarenko, Anastasia Sablina, Nadezhda Vasileva
Photographer: Patrik Rastenberger
Curator: Terhi Tuomi
Graphic designer: Jaakko Pietiläinen
Members of the subcultures in Helsinki and St Petersburg

Days: 17 October – 13 November, 2018
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 11am–7pm
Tickets: Free admission
Address: HAM Corner Gallery (ground level), Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8.
www.hamhelsinki.fi/en/

More about the exhibition.



Photo: Patrik Rastenberger.