Cypriot artist Andreas Tomblin has been selected by international curator Luca Curci to take part in the Liquid Cities & Temporary Identities | Finland 2013– International Art Festival of Photography, Video Art and Computer Graphics, Painting and Performing Art will be held in the city of Espoo (Finland), at Espoonsilta Gallery from the 10th June to 16th June 2013. The event is organized by International ArtExpo.
Thirty-six artists, from different countries around the world, have been selected to be part of this group exhibition. The selection was based on the main concept of hybridization between identities and urban environment, as the result of liquid identities and liquid contacts between people. People, backgrounds, societies, progress and all their inputs creates hybrid identities, modifying each other and being mixed in prospect to shape a better world. Mixing sustainable transport; modern (ICT) communication infrastructure; sustainable economic development; and wise management of natural resources, human, intellectual and social capital, is the key to reach a future better life quality.
Tomblin has had three paintings selected for the exhibition his work focuses on the exploration of the theme of homelessness. He explains, ”society has become more and more self focused and anesthetized to reality and real life social problems of others. We walk down a busy high street and don’t even acknowledge the homeless man or woman on the street, our focus is on the shop window bargain, the architecture of a building, what to cook for dinner, a conversation or a myriad of other variables.
Here Homelessness is represented by naked figures that are deconstructed by the very fabric that forms the insular daily lives in a big city. These codes, energy and messages are the very same that manifest themselves within us and the world around us. They shape us into whom and what we are as individuals and the collective consciousness of the many”.
His intention is to engage the viewer in a visual dialogue of questions through the juxtaposition of the familiar and unfamiliar. “I’m interested in the viewer discovering and revealing vignettes and vistas of information that evoke and question our own positioning with the subject matter and get people to rethink their own actions”.
Many thanks to Maija Ylä-Sahra for allowing me to use her photos of the exhibition and Nina Moilanen for also allowing me to use her photos and film clip of the exhibition. All Copy Right of these images remains with the creators.