Friday 13.9 at 6pm at Arkadia : ‘Dare to expose your imperfections!’ with Ida-Lina Nyholm, Catrin Svenfors and Mathias Rosenlund

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to ‘Dare to expose your imperfections!’ with Ida-Lina Nyholm, Catrin Svenfors and Mathias Rosenlund on Friday 13.9 at 6pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)

Welcome to a discussion about the artistic concept of Antitalents. In the midst of contemporary mass-market culture, where perfection and talent and all kinds of superficial glossiness is glorified, Ida-Lina Nyholm and Catrin Svenfors have gotten together to form a counter-action through art. Among the questions they want to be asking are: Why do we have to excel at everything? Why is it shameful not to be spendidly talented in what you do?

Nyholm and Svenfors have collaborated on an exhibition called The Perfect Imperfections, which was displayed in Galleria Tila in
Helsinki this summer. At Arkadia they will be discussing the exhibition and the concept of Antitalents itself. What does it mean? And what is the story behind the conceptualization of it?

The talk will be moderated by writer and critic Mathias Rosenlund.

After the discussion there will be some live antitalents being performed!

Join us!

Warm regards,


Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome.

Dare to expose your imperfections!

Catrin Svenfors (b. 1983) doesn’t know how to wink her right eye and is afraid of conflicts. She collects far too many old cameras and is currently learning to say no. Svenfors enjoys the company of Finska Fotoklubben’s other artists and likes to create provocative art. The Perfect Imperfections was displayed for the first time in Helsinki in 2010. Svenfors graduated in photography from Novia University of Applied Sciences in 2009. She lives and works in Helsinki.

Ida-Lina Nyholm (b. 1981) never manages to catch balls that are thrown at her and she is bad at estimating distances. Now and then she has to catch up buses and trains because she’s incurably optimistic about time. Nyholm lives and works in Helsinki, too, and she graduated from the same school as Svenfors in 2009. She is also one of the artists of Finska Fotoklubben.

Mathias Rosenlund
(b. 1981) is a writer and critic. His debut book, Kopparbergsvägen 20, will be published by Schildts & Söderströms in October, both in the original Swedish and in a Finnish translation. He writes book reviews and essays for Hufvudstadsbladet, Ny Tid, Kontur, among others.