Appropriating Language #16
Manière Noire is proud to present the 16th exhibition of the ongoing series Appropriating Language, Wasting My Grammar, by Tanja Koljonen and Cia Rinne.
The artists both play with texts and images by cutting away, erasing thus leaving little material for the reader to deal with.
While reading Cia Rinne’s poems, one may think that correct grammar relations are disturbed due to the incompleteness of the sentences and due to the strong reduction of vocabulary. Yet this is an illusion as Cia Rinne proofs just the opposite. She groups words, which at first sound or look similar in new constellations, simple in rapports and relationships, then new meaning is revealed by noticing resemblances or conflicts accordingly. The poems that read as plain and entertaining in fact confuse and turn the inside out.
Tanja Koljonen, on the other hand, captivates the viewer with the endless ambiguity of an image cut out from the original context and put into another, alien vocabulary.
Paradoxically, the more Koljonen and Rinne reduce, the more we readers / viewers generate content in our minds. Confronted with wide gaps of missing material, the personal understanding, intuition and imagination reorganise, fill in, and activate our individual processing of language.
Cia Rinne (Gothenburg, Sweden 1973) is a poet and artist based in Berlin. She writes minimal, visual and acoustic poetry in different languages, and collaborates on performances and sound installations. Her publications include the books zaroum (Helsinki 2001), notes for soloists (OEI Editör 2009), both published in France with Le clou dans le fer (zaroum et notes pour solistes, 2011) and as UBU Editions, as well as the sound piece sounds for soloists (in collaboration with Sebastian Eskildsen, 2012) and should we blind ourselves and leave thebes (H//O//F, Moss 2013). Works of hers have been shown a.o at Signal Malmö, the Turku Biennial, the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, the Grimmuseum Berlin, Den Frie and Overgaden in Copenhagen, at the ISCP in New York, and at INCA Seattle. She has also collaborated on documentary projects with photographer Joakim Eskildsen, their latest common publication being The Roma Journeys (Steidl 2007). Her new book including the recent series l’usage du mot will be published by kookbooks/ Berlin in 2016.
Tanja Koljonen (1981 in Muonio, North of Finland) is a visual artist currently based in Berlin and Helsinki. Main focus of her work is found between the relation of images and text, in which found materials are reorganized and reinterpreted, to question the features of knowledge and humanity. Resulting work takes shape i.e. as object assemblages, framed images or books. Her works have been shown recently e.g. in Gallery Huuto (Helsinki 2016), Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art (Copenhagen 2015), gallery Annex 14 (Zürich 2015), The Finnish Museum of Photography (Helsinki 2015), Gallery Augusta (Helsinki 2015), Gallery Taik Persons (Berlin 2015) and Art Berlin Contemporary (2104). In 2014 she participated to a 6-month International Studio Program in Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Her works are included i.e. in Collection of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (FI), Marzona Collection (DE/IT), The Collection of 49Nord6Est Frac Lorraine (FR), Art Philein Foundation (LI), Copenhagen City Art Collection and various private collections.