Cave Allegories in Retretti Art Center

9 June 2012 – 28 August 2012

Adel Abidin, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Kari Cavén, Cleaning Women, Veli Granö, Ilmari Gryta, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, Bo Haglund, Sasha Huber, IC-98, Elina Juopperi, Pekka Jylhä, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Otto Karvonen, Antti Laitinen, Tea Mäkipää, Ville Ranta, Anni Rapinoja, Seppo Renvall, Paavo Räbinä, Emma Rönnholm, Kaija Saariaho & Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Charles Sandison, Pilvi Takala, Tommi Toija, Pauliina Turakka-Purhonen, Salla Tykkä, Roi Vaara, Elina Vainio

The artists of the Cave Allegories exhibition take over the Retretti caves for a while and open its allegoric curtain a crack to offer us glimpses of the multidimensional reality of our time. What are the chains of our time that make us believe that the whole play of entertainment and consumption that reigns over our visual imagery is true? Does the world have any other alternative than to serve as a stage of injustice for the strong, whose actions are primarily based on the values of personal gain and success? And is it possible that when all this is revealed to be a mere reflection, the light outside is too blinding for us to see what is outside the cave?

The corridors in the cave and the water flowing in its clefts do not carry along a congruous story or message. Instead, they set the pace for perspectives that move from one level to another and new chains of associations born from mutual dialogue on the natural conditions and cultural structures that define our existence. The only certain thing is that we cannot predict the future or know how sound a foundation our human culture is based on.

The Retretti Art Center is open every day from 9 June to 28 August 2012, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Welcome!

Retretti Art Center
Tuunaansaarentie 3
58450 Punkaharju Finland