Irina Valkova and Ian Bourgeot
13.-27.5.2017 Arkadia International Bookshop, Helsinki
The exhibition aspired to reflect upon the idea of drastic change by means of a single, global, living substance. Water became an object of choice because it resists realistic depiction, which encourages other expressive approaches to work together on bridging this gap. Water is also fluid enough to fill different social and natural frames, single-handedly producing and reflecting (upon) diverse transitions in life.
Working from two different corners of Europe and representing two seemingly disparate artistic traditions, Irina and Ian tried to gloss over this distance by maintaining a strong interest in each other’s ways of seeing and showing things.