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Visual Art and Design in Disguise The CAMOUFLAGE. Visual Art and Design in Disguise exhibition in Kiasma, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki merges and mixes contemporary art and design, redefining their boundaries. The exhibition is part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.

The Camouflage exhibition focuses on how designers and artists work when they filter impulses, process ideas, seek a direction for their work. The ideas presented here are suggestions, discoveries and carefully aimed provocations that hint at the authors’ future work in relation to the ongoing discussion on the topic.

“The purpose of camouflage is to disguise the object so as to make it more difficult to perceive. Instead of covering up, camouflage conceals by revealing. In the Camouflage exhibition contemporary art and design are concealed by and in one another,” curator Leevi Haapala explains the concept of camouflage.

The 19 artists, designers, duos and collectives live in different parts of the world. In addition to Finland, they come from Argentina, Great Britain, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States. Many of them work between two or more cities and cultures. They come from a range of cross-disciplinary backgrounds, and their changing projects provide them with changing professions and identities.

The artists are Silvia B. (Rotterdam), Hans-Christian Berg (Inkoo), Florencia Colombo (Buenos Aires-Helsinki), Company: Aamu Song & Johan Olin (Helsinki), Sebastian Errazuriz (New York), Jiri Geller (Helsinki), Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen (Helsinki), Handkerchief Production: Amy Cheung & Erkka Nissinen (Hong Kong-New York), Idiots: Afke Golsteijn & Floris Bakker (Amsterdam), Riitta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth (New York-Oslo), Kariel: Muriel Lässer & Karri Kuoppala (Glarus-Helsinki), Kaisu Koivisto (Helsinki), Tuomas Laitinen (Helsinki), Kaija Papu (Tampere), Kim Simonsson (Helsinki), Unbuilt Helsinki, Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich (Berwickupon-Tweed), Maaria Wirkkala (Helsinki), Antti Yli-Tepsa (Helsinki)

The exhibition is supported by Kiasma Foundation, Svenska Kulturfonden, Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam and HIAP.

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Visual Art and Design in Disguise

Künstler: Silvia B., Hans-Christian Berg, Florencia Colombo, Company: Aamu Song & Johan Olin, Sebastian Errazuriz, Jiri Geller, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, Handkerchief Production: Amy Cheung & Erkka Nissinen, Idiots: Afke Golsteijn & Floris Bakker, Riitta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth , Kariel: Muriel Lässer & Karri Kuoppala, Kaisu Koivisto, Tuomas Laitinen, Kaija Papu, Kim Simonsson, Unbuilt Helsinki, Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich, Maaria Wirkkala, Antti Yli-Tepsa