The assumed, unspoken and culturally expected codes of conduct of various communities form the starting point of many of Pilvi Takala’s works. Her videos often document the artist performing undercover in character, in a wide-range of everyday scenarios, such as office temping and teaching. In these hyper-normal situations, the artist subtly breaks boundaries of convention, personal space, and productivity, which in turn stimulates surprising and inherently human responses from her unwitting participants. These covert observations of our day to day interactions challenge the systems in which we are placed, and prompt us to consider how we engage and relate with those around us.
Pilvi Takala was born in 1981 in Helsinki, and now works between Helsinki and Berlin. Her exhibition in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios will be the first solo presentation of her work in Ireland. Takala has held numerous important international solo exhibitions including Second Shift, Kiasma, Helsinki (2018); CCA, Glasgow (2016); Workers’ Forum, YAMA, Istanbul; Slight Chance, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; and Centre D’Art Contemporani, Barcelona (all 2013).
Exhibition19 July - 07 September 2019
Free tours of the exhibition every Saturday at 1pm.
All welcome, no booking required.
Thursday 18 July 2019 | 6-8pm