OPEN TODAY 10 - 17
Under the patronage of
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II
Jani Leinonen, School Of Disobedience

ARoS Focus/New Nordic: Jani Leinonen

March-June 2016

In the exhibition School of Disobedience, the Finnish artist Jani Leinonen (b. 1978) will be addressing the issue of how art can become a catalyst for political activism. Leinonen uses a classroom as the backdrop for a performance which questions the passivity that Leinonen believes to be a distinguishing factor of education. In another series of works, Leinonen uses increasingly recognisable elements such as popular slogans and brands, and he subjects mascots from global companies (e.g. Ronald McDonald) to kidnapping and beheading. Leinonen is formed by the ironic distance characterising the 90s. He is an activist acknowledging his own consumption. By making use of familiar visual expressions, Jani Leinonen is able to short-circuit the language of money. 

Jani Leinonen, Hunger King, Installation , 2015, Courtesy The Artist , Zetterberg Gallery. Photo: Vilhelm Sjöström

Jani Leinonen, Hunger King, Installation, 2015, Courtesy The Artist , Zetterberg Gallery. Photo: Vilhelm Sjöström

Kiasma

The exhibition is made in collaboration with Kiasma, Finlands National Galleri

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