Gallery Katariina is delighted to present the exhibition Strangers by Anssi Hanhela 28 March – 21 April, 2024.
We warmly invite you to the exhibition opening on Wednesday, March 27th, from 5 to 7 pm!
Kuva Anssi Hanhelan teoksesta.
Image: Anssi Hanhela – Minds, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm, 2024
Anssi Hanhela: Strangers
Anssi Hanhela was born in 1962. After many years of studying and working all over Finland, Hanhela returned to his roots in Haukipudas, Northern Ostrobothnia.
Hanhela began his career in the 1980s painting expressive landscapes. He transitioned back to expressionism after creating constructivist images of gods and minimalist hidden images exploring sexuality. His colourful, expressive art now tells stories and depicts scenes of life, addressing themes such as loneliness and social oppression.
Love is also a significant motif in his work. Hanhela’s paintings reflect the struggle between reality and his own emotions, capturing existential distress and the blurred lines between memory and emotion. In his art, Hanhela, often portrayed as a dark-haired man with a mustache and sometimes a stern expression, incorporates humor and explores new themes like ghosts, spirits and breaths. These elements symbolize goodness, strength and societal uncertainties.
Social uncertainty gives rise to malevolent spirits. The contemporary world is afflicted by selfishness, self-love, and excessive individualism. This is why ghosts are necessary. Ghosts are likenesses of humans, concealed with Hanhela’s work. Hanhela once claimed to have seen his own ghost.
Hanhela’s interest in Finnish mythology adds depth to his rich imaginary world depicted in his works.
Text (freely translated): Jaana Skyttä
Gallery Katariina, Rikhardinkatu 1, 00130 Helsinki
Opening hours: Tue–Fri 11–5 pm, Sat–Sun 12–4 pm

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