The artist tells that the trigger for these artworks was the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo on 7 January 2015, leading to the creation of “Sorrow of a Pen”, a giant feather pen leaving blood drops on the floor.
The year continued with shocking and disturbing incidents like suicide flight in March, refugees from Middle East to Europe, especially the death of Aylan in September, each of them represented in Pekka Jylhä’s works.
But not only tragedy and misery, there is also a lighter side, like a bunny taking selfies (with you if you like) – a true attribute of today’s world. (Pekka Jylhä emphasizes that no animals – he has several works were rabbits are one element – have been killed for his works.)
I visited the exhibition during the opening party two days ago. Though the gallery was packed with guests, I was positively provoked by many of the works. As an example, one of the most talked and questioned work is the realistic, real size drowned Aylan inside a glass box. From a right angle you can see how the boy is reflected – multiplied – making this a tragedy, not only of one boy, but many, many more.
Now, when the hustle and bustle of the opening day is behind, there is a good opportunity to visit the exhibition, stop and let the thoughts and feelings free.
With Pekka Jylhä’s permission, here is a picture of him in 1970. We were schoolmates and long-haired youngsters who I occasionally photographed. Pekka was already at that time a proficient drawer, but nobody could tell then that one day he will be one of the best known Finnish artists and a professor.
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