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 Via Giovanni Boccaccio 24,
20123 MILANO

Curated by Stefania Carrozzini
Opening: Thursday September 23th, 2021  
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Via Giovanni Boccaccio 24
20123 Milano24.09.2021 – 12.10.2021
By appointment

MyMicroGallery is pleased to announce “Hassuna”, a solo exhibition by the Finnish artist Riitta Nelimarkka curated by Stefania Carrozzini.
Inspiring Riitta Nelimarkka is HASSUNA, a small town in ancient Mesopotamia around 6,000 years before Christ. The word HASSU in the Finnish language means funny, in an extension of highly positive value. The characters in this exhibition were conceived by the artist as inhabitants of the city of Hassuna, which here takes on the significance of a utopian place, where everyone is free to be what they are without any judgment. A place where creativity reigns supreme and art summarizes all the qualities of a disenchanted soul, inclined to beauty and respect.

The entities (characters) of the HASSUNA exhibition obey this ontological reference, and purely wish to BE what they are, and nothing else. Although the works already have titles, they are open to further interpretation and to receive alternative titles produced by the imagination of their viewers. Riitta’s world is a colorful world populated by strange creatures, which seem to come out of an enchanted place and narrate the joy of being in its pure state. Everything starts from the drawing, from a stroke reminiscent of childhood drawings, from an energy without mental superstructures.

Riitta’s works open a window on a diverse cultural and emotional universe with which the artist illuminates, with passion and profound sensitivity, a complex and constantly changing world. Riitta Nelimarkka’s compositions reflect and communicate hope, renewal and regeneration.

The colors acquire a meaning and participate in the graphic rendering of the material, reinforcing its visual impact. Nelimarkka goes beyond the tradition of the craftsmanship of wool, the wool material becomes paint, color material, pictorial relief reaching a complete expressive autonomy.

Her art emerges from real life, reflecting joys and sorrows, conflicts and shocks. She uses parallels drawn from literature, film and music, but it is always her personal experience of her that ultimately wins the whole process.

The exhibition consists of wool reliefs, paintings and photomontages and the video Elise´s unmemoires, a documentary film about the artist Riitta Nelimarkka.

The “Hassuna” exhibition will also be hosted in October 2021 in London by the Camden Image Gallery.

Riitta Nelimarkka is a distinctive and versatile artist whose repertoire includes graphic art, animated films, videos, paintings, art and poetry books, textile art and vast exhibition entities.
Her versatility makes her one of the most exciting Finnish visual artists. Her timeless art is characterized by a daring use of color and form, by a virtuous skill in drawing which is the basis of her enormous textile images with surprising and semi-figurative characters.
Riitta Nelimarkka has a doctorate in arts (DA at Aalto university, Helsinki) and studied painting in Paris, photography, film and art education at Konstfacken, Stockholm Academy of Art and piano at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
In recent years, her production has focused on complete collections of drawings, photographs, velvet paintings and wool reliefs. She has also been commissioned to many works, including the large woolen carpets “Con Calore” for the official residence of the President of Finland.
Her works, illustrations and animated films have been presented in various international festivals and biennials. In 2016 she was awarded by the Order of France with the distinction of Officer des Arts et Lettres. Her last greatest works are the 13-meter long glass painting “Without too much thinking” at the 2016 Hietaniemi pavilion, and the same year the display for Debussy’s 5 Preludes for the Radio Symphony Orchestra. An exciting Gesamtskunstwerk with her husband Jaakko Seeck, is Bonga Castle, an old patrician house decorated with over 200 works by Nelimarkka.
Riitta Nelimarkka lives and works in Helsinki.

For information:
Tel 338 4305675 Until 12 October by appointment

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