Hans Rosenström

Ars Fennica candidate 2015

Hans Rosenström’s artistic expression is by nature immaterial and site-specific. A central feature is the presence of an enigma. In his conceptual works he contemplates the nature of perception, focussing his attention on things that are easily overlooked as being too insignificant. Similarly, light, too, plays an important role. The works cause viewers to doubt their senses, and hence to intensify their alertness to the surrounding reality. In recent years, Rosenström’s primary medium has been sound, along with illusions created using it. The transience and ephemerality are emphasized in his text fragments. In understated situations that come close to being performance art the main role is, however, played by listeners themselves. They are subject more to their own consciousness than to external events. Earphones convey an indeterminate presence, which in various ways puts listeners to the test, and likewise their relationship with their surroundings and themselves. The dividing line becomes blurred, as the sound alternately comes closer and recedes. The result is a contradiction that extends the intensity of the immaterial and the abstract to the point of being physical, too.

Leena Kuumola

Born in Lohja 1978
Lives and works in London


MFA – The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
Malmö Art Academy, Sweden
Nordic Art School, Kokkola
Västra nylands folkhögskola, Karis

Solo Exhibitions

Divisions – And Other Possibilities, Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki
In Good Faith, Finnish Institute, Stockholm
In Good Faith, Konstfabriken, Borgå, Finland
A Part of the Whole, Volt, Odda Literatursymposiet, Norway
In Good Faith, Project/Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
Pintojen välissä, Takkahuone, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku, Finland
Du utan jag, The Studio, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Blindsight, Steiricher Herbst, Graz, Austria
Mikado, The Pigeon Wing, London
Flyktpunkt, Gallery Sinne, Helsinki
Mikado, Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki City Art Museum
I could have told you that, in collaboration with Juha Laatikainen, FAFA Gallery, Helsinki

Selected Group Exhibitions

Theater of the Mind, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomsfield Hills, MI, USA
Confusion in Her Eyes That Says It All, Maria Stenfors, London
Encounter: Listening to the City, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, UAE catalogue
Novelles Vagues: The Black Moon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris catalogue
Art of Memory, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm
Acting in the City, Norrköping Art Museum, Sweden
The Invisible Lady, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki catalogue
Critical Mass, Public Art Exhibition, St Petersburg, Russia catalogue
24 Spaces – A Cacaphony, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden
Sequences VI, Real Time Art Festival, Reykjavik
Reality Bites, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki catalogue
Volumi Contrastanti, Italian Culture Institute, Stockholm
Noorderzon, International Performing Arts Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands
Undergo. The Parallels, Public Art Project, Tbilisi
So You Say, West Space, Melbourne, Australia
Intersección, Santiago a Mil, Centro Gabriela Mistral, Santiago de Chile catalogue
Imagine Being Here Now, 6th Momentum Biennial, Moss, Norway catalogue
Nordic Art Today, Loft Project ETAGI, St Petersburg, Russia catalogue
Reflective Shadow, Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund, Denmark
Fast, International Festival of Contemporary Arts, Terni, Italy
Divadelna Nitra, International Theatre Festival, Nitra, Slovakia
Meteor 2011, International Theatre Festival Bergen, Norway
Homo Novus, International Festival of Contemporary Theatre, Riga
Santarcangelo 41, International Theatre Festival, Santarcangelo Italy
Intersection, Prague Quadrennial
Gifts of Intimacy, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm
Baltic Circle, International Theatre festival, Helsinki
Bastard, International Theatre festival, Trondheim, Norway
Presences, Real Presence 10, Zvono Gallery, Belgrade
Spellbound by Stories, Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland
Streeet View, MAP – Mobile Art Production, Avenyn, Gothenburg, Sweden
The End of the Knowers, Theaterhuset Avant Garden, Trondheim, Norway
Mikado, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki
New Pleasure, Visningsrommet USF, Bergen, Norway
Tänk på döden, Mobile Art Production, Culture Festival in Stockholm
Summer Exhibition, Honkahovi, Mänttä, Finland
Urban Story, Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary, Helsinki
Jotain muuta odotellessa, URB 08, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Urban pedestals, Public Art Project in Helsinki, Finland
Mare Balticum. Thomas Mann Culture Festival, Nida, Lithuania
Consequences and Proposal, The Biennale of Young Artists, Tallinn
Midbaugur og Kringla, Leisure, Administration and Control, Public Art Project, Reykjavik
The 25 Best Artists in Finland, Mänttä Art Festival, Finland
Make your own shadow, Holden gallery, Manchester, UK
Collaboration on Site, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Spring Exhibition, Fine Arts Academy gallery, Helsinki
Hard Revolution, NORD culture festival, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin
Lost in Translation, Workshop and Exhibition, 9th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey
Real Presence, Museum of Applied Arts, Belgrade
Pimeä, Public Art Festival in Kallio, Helsinki
Spring exhibition, Malmö Art Academy, Sweden
Recycling the Future, Vivere Venezia II, 50th Venice Biennale, Italy
Exhibition of the Young, Muu Gallery, Helsinki


Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki
Pro Artibus Foundation


The Finnish Art Association, Ducat Award 2011
Stina Krooks stiftelse, Art prize 2010


Geoair, Tbilisi
IASPIS, International Artist Studio Program in Sweden, Stockholm
Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey
Centre d’Art I Natura, Farrera, Spain

Selected Publications

Minneskonst / Art of Memory, (English & Ewedish). Editors: Sara Arrhenius, Magnus Bergh and Theodor Ringborg, Albert Bonniers förlag 2014
22 Ways – On Artistic Thinking in Finnish Contemporary Art, Maria Hirvi-Ijäs (English & Finnish). Parvs Publishing 2014
The Swedish Dance History Vol. 4, (English), Published by Inpex 2012
Rörlig konstproduktion / Mobile Art Production, Editors: Magdalena Malm & Annika Wik, (Swedish & English), Propexus 2011