Hans Rosenström, Unfolding Silence, 2023

Presented by Helsinki Contemporary


About the work

We are constantly shaping and being shaped by our surroundings. Unfolding Silence sees sculpture as an event where the focus shifts from the physical form to our temporal and entangled relationships. 

Nestled within a small grove in the English Gardens the artwork offers an intimate space for listening, a space that invites us to ground ourselves in our bodies yet remain receptive and perceptive to the world around us. In here, the disembodied voices of the Echo Vocal Ensemble subtly emerge, initially blending in with the surrounding soundscape, then adding an additional layer to the environment and resonating with our presence within it. 

With our voices, we possess the ability to bridge gaps between bodies, to communicate, stimulate and affect. As our voices permeate the air, they also have the power to invade the interiors of other beings, transcending physical boundaries. Just as voices can connect, they can also silence. 

Listening is an act of attention and giving attention is essential to our undulating coexistence. 

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About the artist

Hans Rosenström’s (b. 1978, Lohja, Finland) practice centres on installations that are carefully produced in relationship to the sites where they are experienced. Utilizing a variety of different mediums, from the ephemeral yet tactile qualities of sound and the intricacies of language, to architectural constructions and light, he builds sensitive and nuanced milieus that enable confrontations. He often invites the viewers to become part of the work, to pay attention and reflect upon their interconnectedness with the world around them. Rosenström received his MFA in 2007 from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. He has participated in multiple group exhibitions, including at Kindl Contemporary Art Center, Berlin, 1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Riga and solo exhibitions, including Weaving, yearning, public sound installation, King’s Cross, London and Du utan jag, The Studio, Moderna Museet, Stockholm. His works are included in collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. 

For more information, please visit the gallery website: Helsinki Contemporary

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