Although this summer's Mänttä Art Festival has been postponed until next year, our collaboration with the Serlachius Museums has permitted us to go ahead with the presentation of Tarja Malinen's sculpture Vaeltaja (The Wanderer) on the Taavetinsaari Island near the Gösta Museum this summer.
"When I first started working with the idea of humanity for this year’s exhibition I wanted to include some piece or element of death. During this period of uncertainty, we are also called to reflect on our place in the world, to ponder our own mortality and the mortality of the world around us.
Tarja Malinen’s piece “Vaeltaja” (the Wanderer) is a very personal series which deals with the death of her son. The piece is a ceramic life size sculpture of a boy kneeling in an empty room. My intention was to lean into our own fragility and humbleness. I hope that this piece will provide the visitors an island of tranquility, somewhat like a place of meditation, where we can quietly face our own humanity, recognize our commonality and find greater empathy for life.
It was therefore important to show this piece in collaboration with the Serlachius museum, this summer as originally planned, even though the body of the Mänttä Art Festival has been postponed until 2021. The piece acts as a bridge to next year’s exhibition, but in its own quiet way, also helps carry us through difficult times."
Anna Ruth, Curator