The first Rauma Triennale, to be held this summer, will challenge you to consider the value of boredom – a phenomenon seemingly to be avoided at all costs in our time, the stimulus-packed era of digitalisation and globalisation. What do we lose if we give up boredom? Does boredom hide something worth holding on to?
The exhibition is hosted by the Rauma Art Museum and the abandoned shopping centre of Tarvontori. Boredom is present in the works in a number of ways: as a laborious technique, slow-paced contents or an appearance that demands it be explored without hurry. The works invite you to linger. They remind you that while boredom is tedious, dull and dreary, it also entails rest, lounging about and concentration.
A local group of schoolchildren has been invited to take part in the Triennial. They have written and produced a radio play that explores the questions of time, how it is passed and spent, boredom and presence.
Artists featured in the exhibition include Nabil Boutros, Emma Jääskeläinen, Hertta Kiiski, Maija Luutonen, Paulien Oltheten, Sari Palosaari, Martha Rosler, Jaan Toomik and Elina Vainio. The 2019 Triennial is curated by Anna-Kaisa Koski and Anna Vihma.
Photos by Titus Verhe