IC-98 / Patrik Söderlund & Visa Suonpää

Ars Fennica candidate 2014

Patrik Söderlund, b. 1974 in Turku, lives and works in Turku. Visa Suonpää, b. 1968 in Tampere, lives and works in Turku

IC-98 – its members being Patrik Söderlund and Visa Suonpää – is very clearly an artists’ group of the moment. They range across numerous areas of society, and do not see being an artist as a matter of individual performance, or as requiring specialized expertise in a particular discipline. Instead, Söderlund and Suonpää’s art draws on the main methods of early contemporary art, demonstrating that the motive power behind those methods is still effective. IC-98 mingles the acuteness of the language of conceptual art with site-specific art that infiltrates public space and understands the links between the phantasmagoria of social structures and history. In its intellectuality IC-98 represents an exceptional direction in art making in Finland, while, at the same time, reminding us of the artists’ academic background.

Alongside the continuities in IC-98’s fifteen-year career, we can also detect clear changes of subject matter. The group seems increasingly to have gone from analysing ways of controlling public space to taking an apocalyptic approach to the ecocatastrophes caused by humankind. In their brilliant animated cartoons the future appears as very much a product of history, and we are given cause to adopt a complex understand of nature, as a force in all human activities, especially economics.

Docent Hanna Johansson


Abendland – IC-98:n retrospective 1998–2013, Turku Art Museum
Art on the Edge 2013, Vered Contemporary, East Hampton, NY, USA
Volta NY, New York
Galleria Heino, Helsinki
Seesam, Svenska Kulturfonden, Helsinki

Reality Bites, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Museo de Arte Moderno (MAMbA), Buenos Aires
Publish and Be Damned – Nordic Models, Index – Swedish Foundation for Contemporary Art, Stockholm
Volta 8, Basel, Switzerland
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku
Speed of Darkness and Other Stories, KUMU – Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn
(In)dependent People, Reykjavik Arts Festival 2012
Silent Revolution, Tallinn Art Hall
Beaconsfield, London
Luolavertauksia, Retretti, Punkaharju
Good Stuff – 21st Century Finnish Animation, Galleria Rajatila, Tampere
Silent Watch: Contemporary Prints from Finland, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA
Näkymä vastarannalta – A View from the Other Side (Näkymiä–Views), 2012.Book based on the animation (2011)
– Iconoclast Publications 15.

Tekstinauhoja – In Large, well-organized termite colonies, yhdessä Mikael Bryggerin & Henriikka Tavin kanssa
– Iconoclast Publications (#14) & Poesia
Nordic Art Today: Conceptual Debts, Broken Dreams, New Horizons, Loft Project Etagi, St Petersburg, Russia
Silent Watch: Contemporary Prints from Finland, IPCNY International Print Center New York, USA
Turku Biennial 2011, member of the curatorial team
Forum Box, Helsinki
Keskellä ei mitään, Rauma Art Museum
For Love Not Money – 15 Tallinn Graphic Triennial, KUMU – Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn

Why Do You Resist?, Pori Art Museum
Mänttä Art Festival
Purnu, Orivesi
Nordic Art Triennial, Eskilstuna Art Museum, Sweden

Borders and Beyond, Kunsthalle Helsinki
Turku Biennial, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku
IC-98’s Reading Room, Galleria Korjaamo, Helsinki

Theses on the Body Politic (In the Labyrinth)
– Iconoclast Publications 12
Shadows in the Sea of Dee/Evidence of the Descent
– Iconoclast Publications 11
It Is Always Like This, Temporary Services & IC-98, Titanik-galleria, Turku
– Iconoclast Publications 13 (2009)
Escape from Tokyo
– Iconoclast Publications 10
Theses on the Body Politic (Faces), covers works for Polemos series, LIKE-kustannus, Turku Art Museum
Rejmyre Matters II, Rejmyre, Sweden
Night Shift – Emergency art at Nytorget, Stockholm
Changing Lines – 150 Years of the Art of Drawing, Lillehammer Art Museum, Norway
How to Build the Mississippi River in Your Own Backyard, Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden

Theses on the Body Politic, Pori Art Museum
Rejmyre Matters, Rejmyre Glasbruk, Sweden

Fair Exchange – Los Angeles Artists Engage the L.A. Country Fair, The Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA, USA
Mänttä Art Festival
Tekeningen VI, Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives, Haag, The Netherlands
Civic Matters, LACE Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, USA

Un nuevo y bravo mundo, Alcala 31, Madrid
ARS 06, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
From the series Theses on the Body Politic – Kanssakäymisiä, With Art – Steps towards Participatory Research, Taru Elfving & Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, eds., ISBN 952-5533-03-4
ANTI-festivaali, Kuopio
Sediments, Turku Art Museum

From the series Theses on the Body Politic, Framework: The Finnish Art Review 1/2004
PR 04 [Tribute to the Messenger], San Juan & Rincon, Puerto Rico

Virasto, city art exhibition, Turku
Keksi, city art exhibition, Lahti
Tomorrow’s News, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Canada

Kluuvin Galleria, Helsinki
Transformer, Pori Art Museum
Dispensing with Formalities, Forum Shopping Mall, Turku
The X-Change Tour ’02, Saga Center for Seniors, Ruusukortteli Service Flats,
Turku Youth Hostel, Family Center Pihapiiri, Turku, Finland

Polis – City Laboratory, Titanik-galleria, Turku
Romuluks, exhibition of recycled art, Titanik-galleria, Turku
Menopaluu, Arte ry 40th anniversary exhibition, Kupittaa railway station, Turku
Dispensing with Formalities, Rikhardinkatu library, Cable factory and Suomalainen
bookshop, Helsinki; Hotel Memphis, Tampere
Away from the Past: Aleksanteri Ahola-Valo’s Journey Towards Light and Order 1900-1997, Aleksanteri Ahola-Valo Museum Valola, Hämeenlinna

Aistien Valtakunta, Turku
Radio Turku 94,3Mhz, YLE Finland

“Administration Building”, Turku University

Grönqvist Foundation, stipend 2013
Beautiful Book Prize of 2011 by the Finnish Book Art Committee
State Prize for Visual Arts 2009
1st prize, Turku Biennial 2009
Raimo Utriainen Art Foundation 2008