ARS 11

/ Exposition collective

Changes your perception of Africa and contemporary art

ARS is the largest recurrent contemporary art event in the Nordic countries, organized since 1961. The edition of 2011 will focus on Africa as presented in contemporary art, with individual approaches to the multidimensional subject, both from the ‘inside’ and the ‘outside’ of the geographical area.

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J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere, ’Untitled’ (WNTV 010-62), 1962. Courtesy the Artist and Foto Ojeikere

ARS 11 aims to introduce the diversity and global characteristics of contemporary art to the general public and update the ideas around “Africa” by focusing on its contemporaneity. The artists selected to ARS 11 deal with issues of colonial past, urbanism, ecology and immigration, but also with their personal memories and intimate and spiritual experiences, as well as with body and identity.

Many of the artists in ARS 11 combine past with the present and look to the future. Their art is local and global at the same time, and stands witness to the diversity of the circumstances in which art is produced. The impact of popular culture can be also seen in their works. The artists will also highlight diverse transnational links within contemporary Africa that also exist and evolve in diaspora.


  • Georges Adéagbo (Benin)
  • Sammy Baloji (Dem. Republic of Congo)
  • Ursula Biemann (Switzerland)
  • El Anatsui (Ghana/Nigeria)
  • Baaba Jakeh Chandy (Zambia/Finland)
  • Kudzanai Chiurai (Zimbabwe/South Africa)
  • Steven Cohen (South Africa)
  • Samba Fall (Senegal/Norway)
  • Rotimi Fani-Kayode (Nigeria/UK)
  • Samuel Fosso (Republic of Central Africa)
  • Patrizia Guerresi Maïmouna (Italy)
  • Ditte Haarløv Johnsen (Denmark)
  • Romuald Hazoumè (Benin)
  • Laura Horelli (Finland/Germany)
  • Alfredo Jaar (Chile/USA)
  • Pieter Hugo (South Africa)
  • Michael McGarry (South Africa)
  • Vincent Meessen (USA/Belgium)
  • Nandipha Mntambo (South Africa)
  • Baudouin Mouanda (Republic of Congo)
  • Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria/Belgium)
  • Odili Donald Odita (Nigeria)
  • Emeka Ogboh (Nigeria)
  • Abraham Onoriode Oghobase (Nigeria)
  • Andrew Putter (South Africa)
  • Elina Saloranta (Finland)
  • Mary Sibande (South Africa)
  • Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon)

CCA – Center for Contemporary Art Lagos will realize for ARS 11 a special exhibition “Moments of Beauty” of J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere’s photographs curated by Bisi Silva and Aura Seikkula. Another special section will include South African Ardmore Ceramic Art’s AIDS-related objects.

The ARS 11 in-house curator team consists of Pirkko Siitari (Director), Arja Miller (Chief Curator), and Jari-Pekka Vanhala (Curator). Producers Riitta Arniokoski and Jonna Strandberg will curate the live event programme for Kiasma Theatre.

To be published in April 2011. With essays by N’Gone Fall, Jan-Erik Lundström, Olli Löytty, and Binyavanga Wainaina, and with texts on artists by Akinbode Akinbiyi, Christian Hanussek, Nancy Hoffmann, Michket Krifa, Kobena Mercer, Storm Janse van Rensburg, Chad Rossouw, and Ruth Simbao, among others.

ARS 11 will be the 8th edition of ARS exhibitions and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the exhibition series. During this special year, ARS 11 will also have 11 satellite exhibitions in various art institutions around Finland, and one in Stockholm, Sweden.

City of Turku is European Cultural Capital in 2011, and it promotes ARS 11 event by organizing two solo projects during the year, by Eija-Liisa Ahtila and Isaac Julien. Their works – “Where is Where ?” and “Western Union : Small Boats” are from the collections of Kiasma.

The exhibition is supported by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HIAP - Helsinki International Artists-in-residence Programme, Insitut français, Institut français de Finlande, Italian Cultural Institute in Finland, OCA The Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Pro Helvetia, and US Embassy.

Tuesday 12th April 11 am at Kiasma Theatre

| Exposition



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15.4.–27.11.2011 :
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