Finnish Comics Day in Oslo

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Finnish comics day in Oslo

History and present day of Finnish comics will be presented in Oslo Serieteket on 10th of November 2011. The Finnish comics day includes artist interweaves, presentations and the opening of the Finnish Comics Annual 2011 exhibition. The program is free of charge and open for everyone. The presentations and interweaves will be held in English.

Finnish Comics Day Schedule:

15:00 Introduction to the Finnish comics by Ville Hänninen
16:00 Interweave of Hanneriina Moisseinen and Matti Hagelberg
18:00 Opening party for the Finnish Comics Annual 2011 exhibition

The Finnish Comics Society was founded in conjunction with an international exhibition in Helsinki in 1971. It is an association of makers, readers, collectors and researchers of comics. It presents comics both to the wider public as well as to the cultural establishment. The association aims to promote the awareness and critical reading of comics and to gain respect for the art form. The quality and appreciation of Finnish comics is boosted by the development of various official support-mechanisms.

Finnish Comics Annual 2011 is a massive +300-page big size anthology of Finnish comics, in English and supposed to be out annually from now on. Editor Ville Hänninen has selected along 20 artists from Matti Hagelberg to Amanda Vähämäki and Kati Kovács to Marko Turunen. In the article that begins the book he points out the weird worlds specific for Finnish comics, born where everyday life and surreal intersect. In all, it’s a good overview on what’s happening out here atm. The Finnish Comics Annual exhibition will showcase some of the works from the book, including works from: Terhi Ekebom, Matti Hagelberg, Jyrki Heikkinen, Ina Kallis, Kati Kovács, Reijo Kärkkäinen, Jarno Latva-Nikkola, Hanneriina Moisseinen, Tommi Musturi, Pauliina Mäkelä, Jyrki Nissinen, Ville Pirinen, Aapo Rapi, Jii Roikonen, Jenni Rope, Jukka Tilsa, Marko Turunen, Riitta Uusitalo, Jari Vaara and Amanda Vähämäki.

The Finnish comics day is organized together with Serieteket, The finnish comics society and the Finsk-norsk kulturinstitutt.

Oslo Serieteket (Schous plass 10, Oslo)

Ville Hänninen
Ville Hänninen (born in 1976) is a journalist and writer who has written about comics since 1997. He has written or edited dozen books, most of them about comics. Latest books are Finnish Comics Annual 2011, a colossal anthology of Finnish comics, and Päin näköä, an interview book about contemporary Finnish comic artists.

Hanneriina Moisseinen
Visual and comic artist Moisseinen (born in 1978) skillfully exploits the Finnish oral storytelling tradition. Moisseinen’s debut Sen synty ja muita Vienan hävyttömiä ja hulvattomia tarinoita (2005) is a collection of illustrated old cheeky stories from the Viena Karelia area. Setit ja partituurit (2010), on the other hand, contains contemporary stories about embarrassing situations. Most recently, Moisseinen has been testing the limits of comic expression by knitting and embroidering her work. Technique is slow but affects strongly.

Matti Hagelberg
Using scratch cardboard, Hagelberg (born in 1964) unashamedly combines influences from pop culture and high culture, Elvis and William Shakespeare alike. His refined style is heavy yet light, aware of the visual history of the humankind, yet undoubtedly original. Hagelberg likes to play with the norms of storytelling. He has been widely published in a number of countries, including France by L’Association and the United States in Blab and Hotwire. In terms of volume, Hagelberg’s most significant works are Holmenkollen (2000), Kekkonen (2004) and Silvia Regina (2010), but the artist himself sees everything he has ever made, from sketchbooks to larger works, as parts of a continuum called B.E.M. (as in bug-eyed monster). 17 B.E.M. publications have been published thus far.

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