Xenization – A Guest Exhibition by the Swedish ID:I Galleri at Gallery Muuntotila
A quest exhibition shows works of art of ten artists who represent ID:I Galleri from Stockholm, Sweden. The exhibition is on display at Gallery Muuntotila from 4 to 25 September.
Artists of the exhibition are Weronika Bela & Ivar Hagren, Beatrice Hansson, Dan Lageryd, Alexander Mood, Anna Ridderstad, Johanna Schartau, Isak Sundström, Snežana Vučetić Bohm and Johan Wiking. On display are paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and textile works that are all gathered around the word and the theme of “xenization".
1. (linguistics) The borrowing and integration of foreign linguistic elements into a language.
2. (biology) The process of integrating an organism into an environment containing other types of organisms.
3. The act of spending time in a foreign culture.
Weronika Bela, one of the exhibitors and members of ID:I Galleri, tells about the exhibition:
"Ivar Hagren and I are among four new artists at the ID:I Galleri in Stockholm and we are happy to be representing ID:I during the exhibition here in Tampere. This exhibition is the first international project I am involved in since the pandemic started. Traveling and exhibiting outside of Stockholm has been very normal to me but now it feels exciting and somewhat strange. Fellow exhibiting artist Isak Sundström suggested the title “Xenization" and when I read the definition, it put the finger on my emotions. I think we have been forced to keep things local for such a long time now, that even a neighboring country feels exotic and foreign. Suddenly borders between countries seem more tangible and very real.
The biological definition of the word “xenization" relates easily to the works of art being exhibited in Tampere, where we are guests in a foreign art scene. During the pandemic we have become more familiar with biological nomenclature, such as flock immunity, contact tracing, asymptomatic; many words from the biological field have become part of our daily vocabulary."
ID:I Galleri is an artist-run gallery that started in 2002. The gallery is run collectively by 27 professional artists, each with their own artistic approach but united by the idea that they are not primarily running a commercial gallery but first and foremost, they constitute an artist-run, experimental gallery space.
Text Weronika Bela and Tanja Peltonummi
Photos Weronika Bela & Ivar Hagren and Noora Federley