Pilvi Takala

The spring season at Bonniers Konsthall starts off with a solo presentation of the acclaimed artist Pilvi Takala.

Takala mainly works with video installations; her work can be described as interventions in everyday life. The exhibition Slight Change includes works where Takala explores social behaviors with humor and comic arbitrariness. By knowingly misinterpreting rules and social codes Takala’s work creates confusion, her careful agenda challenges the social conventions that are so easily taken for granted.

As the exhibition’s title reveals, Slight Chance will include works on the theme of chance. Takala often returns to the possibilities of winning, for instance in lotteries or in the game of poker, the exploration of our perceptions of chance is part of her artistic practice.

Pilvi Takala: Players, 2010, video, 7:50 min, Courtesy of Galerie Diana Stigter and Carlos/Ishikawa
Pilvi Takala: Players, 2010, video, 7:50 min, Courtesy of Galerie Diana Stigter and Carlos/Ishikawa

The video Players from 2010 shows six financially independent poker player’s everyday lives, how gambling of the cards is a huge part of their newly rich lifestyle, which they even use it to decide who’s paying for dinner.

The installation One in a Million, the most recent piece from 2012, invites us to follow a woman who finds herself without a post code, which means she has lost the possibility to be part of the national Post Code Lottery. Can one be compensated for the loss of the chance to win?

The exhibition opens January 16 with an opening reception and an artist talk with Pilvi Takala 6-8pm.

Program

Jan 16. Opening.

Opening and artist talk with Pilvi Takala.

Feb 12. Sites and Situations.

Professor, writer, critic and curator Mika Hannula talking and thinking with the works of Pilvi Takala.

Mar 20. Jennifer Allen: Who is Pilvi Takala?

Critic and editor of German Frieze Magazine presents the Finnish artist and her work.