“Raw and Beautiful – Anarcho Street Art from Tartu”
Exhibition in Helsinki 10.09-09.10.2020
Pasila Urban Art Center (Pasilan kaupunkitaidekeskus, Kasöörinkatu 3, 00520 Helsinki)
Participating artists: KAIRO, Edward von Lõngus, GUTFACE, k2rte, Stina Leek, müra2000
Visiting artists: k2rte, Stina Leek, GUTFACE
Today, Tartu is known as the street art capital of Estonia. It all started over ten years ago, when a couple of local teenagers visited Berlin and got obsessed with what they saw: raw, unsanctioned artworks on the streets, free for everyone to see and to add their own. Returning to Tartu, they started planning their first works and also noticed the increasing number of art pieces done by others. The artists started connecting and soon there was a tight-knit community which gave way to renowned artists and street art festival Stencibility.
The exhibition tells the story of small town Robin Hoods who are breaking the law in order to bring art to the streets and make the environment more meaningful and personal. It’s also about the attitude of making the desired change yourself instead of waiting for someone else to do it for you – public space belongs to everyone who uses it!
Pasila Urban Art Center hosts a special programme during the exhibition: Drink & Draw sketch night connects the Estonian and Finnish street artists and street art lovers. Sticker workshop is fun for kids and their parents, but also for everyone else who would like to create their very first sticky street art piece. There’s a teacher and various materials on spot. The auction invites street art enthusiasts to support their favourite artists and in return become a proud owner of an original artwork by a group of Estonian and Finnish artists. We’re encouraging the participation of everyone, so the bidding will start as low as possible: we present two works from each of the artists, one with the starting price of 1€ and another with 100€.
Taking part in the auction are Estonian artists KAIRO, GUTFACE, k2rte, Stina Leek and müra2000, accompanied by local Finnish artists Acton, Jukka Peltosaari, Plan B, Poppamaija and Taneli Stenberg. All the auction artworks can be seen on Stencibility’s web page https://tartustreetart.com/en/auction/ The bidding starts on Wednesday the 9th at 7pm and ends on Saturday’s auction at the Pasila Urban Art Center. Bids for the works can be made via Instagram or at auction on site.
Opening on Wednesday, on Wed, September 9 at 18
Sticker workshop, on Thursday, September 10 at 18
Drink & Draw on Friday, September 11 at 18
Street art auction on Saturday, September 12 at 18
Sticker exhibition on wheels aka Släp! sticker van is parked outside of the gallery and welcomes sticker fans between September 9–12. Check the opening times on Släp! Instagram.
The exhibition is supported by the Estonian Institute and friends of the Estonian Institute. Pasila Urban Art Center is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and Kuluttajaosuustoiminnan säätiö. Refreshments for the events of the exhibition are provided by CoolHead Brew.