From 21 May to 14 September the MACRO - Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome presents the exhibition Shifting Identities, curated by Ludovico Pratesi and organized by the Väinö Tanner Foundation, which collects for the first time 21 exponents of the latest generations of Estonian and Finnish art , united by a profound reflection on the theme of identity.
Although belonging to different geographical areas, Scandinavian and Baltic, Finnish and Estonian artists of the last generations have developed similar and complementary points of view, influenced by ethnic and linguistic neighborhoods, and above all by a common history that has seen the two nations undergo , albeit in different ways, to the influence of the former Soviet Union, with the consequent need to reaffirm and redefine the respective national identities particularly felt in Estonia, subject to fifty years of occupation.
While the question of identity does not appear to be fundamental for post-war Finnish art, with the exception of the alternative group of "Harvesters" in the seventies, it appears essential for artists of recent generations both in Finland and Estonia.
Changing and fluctuating identities, more and more complicated to be defined in a globalized society that tends to general homologation, are analyzed by artists from private and political, social and anthropological, geographic and symbolic points of view, through a range of expressive languages ranging from sculpture to photography and video.
On display at the MACRO Testaccio headquarters, a total of 21 works (one for each artist) created by Estonian artists Reio Aare, Flo Kasearu, Paul Kuimet, Eva Labotkin, Tanja Muravskaja, Kristina Norman, Mark Raidpere, Eva Sepping, Liina Siib , 10x10 meters, and by Finnish artists Adel Abidin, Aino Kannisto, Riikka Kuoppala, Mikko Kuorinki, Antti Laitinen, Liisa Lounila, Nelli Palomäki, Anna Rokka, Jani Ruscica, Pia Sirén, Pilvi Takala.