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“And I Trust You” curated by Anna Miettinen and Linda Peitz Works from the Miettinen Collection & Sammlung Peters-Messer


Monica Bonvicini, Grab Them by the Balls # 3, 2020, bronze open edition, 8,5 x 30 x 14 cm / 3 3/8 x 11 6/8 x 5 4/8 in. Courtesy Sammlung Peters-Messer.

10 September 2022 until 14 January 2023

Minna Havukainen’s The Garden starts every full hour, duration 50 min.
Please note there is sexually explicit content in the video. No photos allowed.

With: Etel Adnan, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Alexander Basil, Filip Berg, Monica Bonvicini, Louise Bourgeois, Elina Brotherus, Sophie Calle, Larisa Crunteanu, Nicole Eisenman, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Rainer Fetting, Noora Geagea, Oska Gutheil, Terike Haapoja, Harry Hachmeister, Sonja Yakovleva, Kris Lemsalu, Kirsi Mikkola, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Henrike Naumann, Murat Önen, Jens Pecho, Aurora Reinhard, Jaanus Samma & Marko Raat, Aviva Silverman, Maria Sulymenko, Iiu Susiraja, Vivian Suter, David Wojnarowicz. Special guest: Minna Havukainen

Trust is an important element of human life. We need trust for ourselves and societies to develop – for every aspect of life from child development to intimate and work related relations, from the acquisition of knowledge, to the conduct of political affairs.

The New Zealand philosopher Annette Baier (1929–2012) argued that a distinguishing mark of trust is that when we trust we are vulnerable but we accept our vulnerability. When we trust others, we expect them to act in ways that are not harmful to us. We believe that they are persons capable of reliable action and integrity, well motivated, with concern and respect for others.

The exhibition “And I Trust You” takes this thought about vulnerability as a starting point and deals with the topic of trust from a queer-feminist perspective. The role of caring and trust plays a crucial role especially for those that are living their lives outside the so-called social norms and roles. The show brings together more than 30 international artists that look at possibilities to widen the concept of normality in relationships and societies and to find ways of deepening the understanding of ourselves and others.

The exhibition combines works from the collections of Timo Miettinen and Florian Peters-Messer. For both of them art has been an important bridge for breaking stereotypes given by society and family.

Curated by Anna Miettinen and Linda Peitz.