We explore free space in the society.
The former Turku county prison will be opened for art in July 2015.
SPACE + ART + DISCUSSION
VALTIO+ (state) consists of a prison, which represents complete control and power over individual, and art which by nature, at least ideally, is free. In this paradoxical equation the idea of a free space and free speech are confronted by the themes of control and power. VALTIO+ borrows its name from the system, the plus sign refers to the shape of the building, and on the other hand, to some unknown portion that remains open.
Artists’ association Arte invited other artist-run galleries, collectives and individual artists who were offered the opportunity to approach the space freely through the means of art. The traces of the prison’s previous inhabitants settle in a dialogue with imported and site-specific art works.
Partners in VALTIO+ are: Arte ry., Anna Breu, Atte Uotila, Huuto Gallery, Marnic Circus (DE), Nabb+Teeri, Oksasenkatu 11, SIC, Videokaffe, Odotus (curated by Hanna Seppänen), Rakkausbussi. (For more info, see page ”Taiteilijat”)
Kakolanmäki (Kakola hill), Kakolankatu 14, Turku
Prison is a free space
VALTIO+ is organized by artists’ association Arte / Titanik gallery
and supported by Kone Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.