Ola Kolehmainen presents "Sacred Spaces"

Space. From 06 Jun, 2018 to

Encompassing centuries of architecture, the exhibition Sacred Spaces by Ola Kolehmainen is a journey through space, time and light. It will be shown a selection of his individual exhibition at The Helsinki Art Museum finished last March.

Opening:31 May, 2018

Professional visitors:31 May, 2018

Opening to public:31 May, 2018

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Ola Kolehmainen received in 2014 a commission of the Borusan Collection of Istanbul to develop a photographic project about the Byzantine tradition and the mosques build by the ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. Ola Kolehmainen’s work has been characterized for always presents images of contemporary architecture and in this occasion, and for the first time, historical buildings became the object of work. From the order and for his stay in Istanbul, Ola kolehmainen conceived in parallel the idea of the series Sacred Spaces in which spirituality is linked again with contemporary creation through an extensive study of the aesthetic and historic legacy of the religious architecture.

The process of photographing antic empty buildings takes to the artist almost fourth years of work. The pieces are the result of an exhausting research of lighting and framings, based only in the natural light and artificial pre-existing of the building without any type of effect or manipulation. Each place require take the views in one hour and carefully selected in an determinate moment of the year to capture the desired environment.

In determinate pieces of this series Kolehmainen develop a new visual approach based on an of fragmentation and deconstruction technique. The views of the spaces are divide and they reassembled again in a lucky collage through multiples perspectives that crate one unique image. In this way, the photographs offer a tree-dimensional sensation through a greater depth fields and wide ranch of lights and shadows. Kolehmainen compares this technique of details adjusted with the reading of a book:

“You get caught. Stuck on details. Drawn in. We get to go back. Focus on a point of reference. The frame helps us focus on the details within it”

The result of the project divides a visual celebration where the atmosphere and the light are the common thread that intertwines images of the buildings of the main monotheistic religions. The ancient churches, synagogues and mosques contribute in the work of the artist with a new research paradigm in the research that captures sublimity and mysticism. At the same time, his work reflexes the points in common and underlines the mutual influences of the deferens religions inviting the viewer to the reflection about universal nature of sacred spaces.

 

Exhibition View, Sacred Spaces Ola Kolehmainen, Helsinki Art Museum 2018, Finland  ©Helsinki Art Museum.
Exhibition View, Sacred Spaces Ola Kolehmainen, Helsinki Art Museum 2018, Finland ©Helsinki Art Museum.
Exhibition View, Sacred Spaces Ola Kolehmainen, Helsinki Art Museum 2018, Finland  ©Helsinki Art Museum.
Exhibition View, Sacred Spaces Ola Kolehmainen, Helsinki Art Museum 2018, Finland ©Helsinki Art Museum.
Exhibition View, Sacred Spaces Ola Kolehmainen, Helsinki Art Museum 2018, Finland  ©Helsinki Art Museum.
Exhibition View, Sacred Spaces Ola Kolehmainen, Helsinki Art Museum 2018, Finland ©Helsinki Art Museum.
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Ola Kolehmainen, Orthodox Synagogue 1920 II, 2017, C-print, Diasec, tray frame, 171 x 175 cm
22-Hagia-Sophia-WEB
Ola Kolehmainen, Hagia Sophia 537 AD XXIII, 2014, C-print, Diasec, tray frame, 215 x 170 cm
Sultan WEB
Ola Kolehmainen, Sultan Ahmet 1616 II, 2014, C-print, Frame, 206 x 206 cm
18-Pinkas-Synagoge-WEB
Ola Kolehmainen, Pinkas Synagoge 1535/1954 II, 2017, Dyptch, C-print, Diasec, 183 x 275 cm
Ola Kolemainen,Spanische Synagoge 1868 I, 2017, C-print, frame 219 x 190 cm
Ola Kolemainen,Spanische Synagoge 1868 I, 2017, C-print, frame 219 x 190 cm
Ola Kolehmainen, San Miniato Al Monte 1207 II, 2017, Archival Inkjet Print, 4 panels Framed, 456 x 160 cm
Ola Kolehmainen, San Miniato Al Monte 1207 II, 2017, Archival Inkjet Print, 4 panels Framed, 456 x 160 cm