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27 April (Saturday)
7:00 p.m. / Wyspa Institute of Art

Admission free

Suur - Suomi / Great - Finland is a work which investigates into the theme of violence in the context of Finnish Civil War (Suomen Sisällissota) from 1918. Traumatic experience of the both sides of the conflict have for years shaped Finnish national identity and influenced the iconographic and symbolic dimension of this art, which commemorated the victory of the conservatists (the White Guard) over the socialist democrats (the Red Guard).

Through the analysis of selected issues of Suomen Sisällissota, such as the terror of the Whites and the Reds, the figure of the national hero Carl Gustaf Mannerheim and his “Oath to The Sword” of 23.02.1918 or the idea of a Greater Finland, Dorota Nieznalska interprets contemporary threads. She concentrates on the analysis of heroic monuments, created shortly after the end of military operations in 1920 – 1934: monuments from Lempäälä, Lahti, Kokkola, Oulu, Joensuu.

The background for her installation is the city of Tampere which played a particular role during the Civil War. It is in this city, where one of the “monuments to victory” (Vapaudenpatsas) can be found, which raised much controversy during its unveiling because of its symbolic content and political overtones.
 


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