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Nordicomics Youth! exhibition in Helsinki 9.–26.11.2014

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in NC Youth BLOG, Our Blogs

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Nordicomics Youth! exhibition
Dates: 9.–26.11.2014
Venue: Comics Center, Hämeentie 150, Helsinki

Finnish Comics Society organised the first Nordicomics Youth! comics camp for young artists in August 2014 at Luukki camp center, Espoo. Ten artists aged between 18–25 years from Norway, Finland, Sweden and Estonia took part in the camp. During their week-long stay the young artists worked on their own comics stories guided by Finnish professional artists. Gallery Sarjakuvakeskus is proud to present the finished stories and the working process of the camp now in an exhibition of its own.

The exhibition presents works by Johanne Eikå Bergill, Ida Eva Neverdahl and Jofrid Sandgren Østenstad from Norway, Jennie Sörensen and Sara Hernoldson from Sweden, Ina Rosberg and Yrtti Taivaloja from Finland and Leore Klyszejko from Estonia.

The Nordicomics Youth! camp was organised by the Finnish Comics Society and received support from Nordic Children’s and Youth Committee – NORDBUK.

Illustration credits: Ida Eva Neverdahl

www.sarjakuvakeskus.fi
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Sign language and monsters

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in CUNE CiR Blog, Our Blogs

A bunch of comics-enthusiasts gathered on August 8th at the Comics Center to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition at the Comics Center Gallery. The atmosphere was literally quite warm as people circled inside exploring all kinds of monsters and robots doing their daily routines.

Matt Boyce, photo by Jack BarnesThe man behind the exhibition is Matt Boyce (1981), a British artist who comes from a bilingual family. Both his parents are deaf, and he is fluent in English and British sign language. Sign language is part of both his own art and teaching work at a college in London. The Everyday Monsters exhibition is part of Matt’s residency project in the CUNE Comics-in-Residence programme.

The day before the opening I sat down with Matt and we talked about the residency and his stay here in Helsinki. What are his plans for the forthcoming month, what are his first impressions so far and what are the things that inspire him?

Matt told me that during his first week in Finland he has mainly done some touristy things like looking at sights and walking around Helsinki. During his residency Matt will be staying at Suomenlinna, an island off the coast of Helsinki that holds an old maritime fort built in the 18th century. He has been overall impressed by his lodgings at HIAP residence center.

“It’s great to have a big house all for myself. It’s the biggest place I’ve ever stayed in. It’s kind of funny to have a big space for painting and there I am, working on my comics.” During his residency Matt will be working on a new comic book, but that’s still very much a work in progress.

The way Matt uses sign language in his comics interests me. There is no sound involved in comics anyway, and all sounds from speech to effects are presented visually. Does he still feel like it’s important to incorporate sign language into comics? I revealed my ignorance to Matt and he gave me an answer:

“British sign language is different from English, and not everyone who speaks sign language knows English. For me, sign language was the first language I learned, and I still find English weird sometimes even though I can speak it fluently. In my teaching I use simple English and try to keep the style very visual. I teach courses for deaf children, and it’s important that everyone understands the comics I use for teaching.”

The most important thing for Matt is that everyone can draw comics and express themselves. This will also be the basis of the workshop he will be teaching during August at the Comics Center in Helsinki and HIAP’s Gallery Augusta. During the workshop the participants will be making autobiographical comics using sign language, similar to the courses Matt is teaching in London. He showed me some comics made in the workshops by deaf children who are leaving school. In the comics they talk about themselves but also their fears regarding the future. Matt explained to me that in England, deaf children get support and help with studies while they’re at school but after graduation they might have anxieties about the future. In their comics the children talk about their dreams for the future but also the obstacles they might run into.

Matt describes the island he is living on as both strangely silent and filled with tourists at the same time. The tourist crowds have actually given him an inspiration for a zombie-comic – both tourists and zombies are known to wander around in large packs with no sense of direction.

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EVERYDAY MONSTERS exhibition is open at the Comics Center Gallery until August 31st.

Interview and exhibition photos by Laura Antola. Matt’s photo by Jack Barnes.

Nordicomics Islands – Contemporary Comics of the North 12.1.–10.2.2013

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Nordicomics Islands Blog, Our Blogs


Nordicomics Islands – Contemporary Comics of the North
Exhibition open 12th January–10th February, 2013
Venue: Reykjavík City Library, Tryggvagata 15, 101 Reykjavík

Nordicomics Islands showcases the diversity of Nordic comics and contemporary influential and up-and-coming artists of the region. The exhibition comics revolve around the themes of distances and differences between places and people, an outsider’s view on the world and the historical and emotional landscape of the North, always through the personal viewfinder of each artist. In Nordicomics Islands, the Northern comics mentality takes on many guises, ranging from poetic, understated emotion to reveling, grotesque absurdity.

Artists in the exhibition:
Mari Ahokoivu (FI), Lene Ask (NO), Hugleikur Dagsson (IS), Nuka K. Godtfredsen (GL), Eeva Meltio (FI), Søren Mosdal (DK), Linus Strandberg (AX), Josefin Svenske (SE)

Nordicomics Islands will travel through the island capitals Reykjavík, Nuuk, Mariehamn and Tórshavn during spring 2013. Tour schedule and more information can be found here.

Nordicomics Islands is supported by the Nordic Culture Fund and the Icelandic-Finnish Cultural Foundation. The Reykjavík exhibition is organized by the Finnish Comics Society together with the Reykjavík City Library.

Poster artwork by Josefin Svenske

NORDICOMICS BALTIC EXHIBITION AT THE HELSINKI COMICS FESTIVAL

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in News

Place:
Cultur Center Stoa
Turunlinnantie 1, Helsinki

Dates:
4th–23rd Sept, opening Monday 3rd Sept 18:00

In 2011–2012 Nordicomics organised a Baltic tour that started from Tallinn and travelled through Riga to Vilnus, making also a detour in Hungary at the 8th International Comics Festival of Budapest in May. Finally in September 2012, the Baltic exhibition will be part of the Helsinki Comic Festival showcasing contemporary comics from the Northern and Baltic countries.

Nordic comics cultures have many similar traits. The field of comics is lively, active and international in all Northern countries and new artists and publishers are constantly emerging. However the artists still often remain unknown outside their own countries. Nordicomics gives these artists a possibility to showcase their artwork and network across the borders.

Artists in the exhibition:
Emmi Valve (FIN), Joonas Lehtimäki (FIN), Joakim Ojanen (SWE), Hanna Gustavsson (SWE), Oskars Pavlovskis (LAT), Martin Zutis (LAT), Esben S. Titland (NOR), Kristoffer Kjølberg (NOR), Rikke Bakman (DK), Mikkel Sommer (DK), Kristel Maamägi (EST), Joonas Sildre (EST), Yoshi (LIT), Akvile Miseviciute (LIT)

Nordicomics is supported by the Nordic Culture Point and Nordic Culture Fund. Nordicomics Baltic Tour was organised by the Finnish Comics Society in collaboration with the Finnish Institute in Estonia, Kuš!komikss and Kitokia Grafika.

Visit the Helsinki Comics Festival website:
sarjakuvafestivaalit.fi

Image by: Mikkel Sommer

NORDICOMICS BALTIC VILNA EXHIBITION 4.–30.6.2012

Written by Maura Manninen on . Posted in Events, Exhibitions, News, Workshops

Place:
Comics Center Helsinki / Sarjakuvakeskus
Hämeentie 150, Helsinki
Finland

Nordicomics Baltic Tour ended in Lithuania last week. In this last workshop the participants created comics naturally about Vilnius. The theme inspired stories about such diverse subjects as the local unusual celebrities and dreams of becoming a Lithuanian lottery winner.

Comics Center Helsinki presents comics originals from the workshop. The exhibition will be open all June. Artists featured include Egle Vitkute and Egle Shaltmira from Lithuania, Ingrida Picukane and Martins Zutis from Latvia and Maura Manninen from Finland.

The Vilnius workshop was a collaboration with Kitokia Grafika and was funded by Nordic Culture Point.

www.kitokiagrafika.lt
www.sarjakuvakeskus.fi

Contact for more information:
Maura Manninen, Nordicomics coordinator
maura.manninen@sarjakuvaseura.fi

Nordicomics and its projects are funded by Nordic Culture Point, Nordic Children's and Youth Committee – NORDBUK, and the Finnish Comics Society. All images are the copyright of their respective owners.