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Silja Puranen

15 October - 15 November

Welcome to the opening of the exhibition Fabels, on Thursday, 15 October 2015, from 6pm to 8pm.

The exhibition will be officially opened by Anne Stabell, former director of the Norwegian Textile Artists Association.

SOFT Galleri is pleased to be the first to present the Norwegian public with a solo exhibition by the Finish artist Silja Puranen.

General themes in Puranen’s works are the modern society and the relation between an individual and the society. In her latest productions, she looks critically at global issues such as justice, violence and sustainable development.

Puranen’s works are figurative and narrative. In this exhibition, animals have replaced human figures and become symbols for human activities and civilization. Although the focus for her artistic practice is the critical observation of society, one can also find a combination of poetic beauty, disturbing strangeness and a singular type of humour. She seeks to create art that can be interpreted on many levels.

Puranen works with several genres. In the exhibition Fables, she presents video works and digitally-manipulated photos transferred to found textiles. Each found textile is related to a photo or underlying concept that could concern the textile’s historical context, former use or visual references.

Silja Puranen (b. 1961) lives and works in Finland. She first studied textile design at Kuopio Institute of Art and Design, then design at Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Fine Arts. She has held numerous solo exhibitions in Finland, Sweden and Spain and has participated in an even greater number of group exhibitions in Finland and elsewhere in Europe. Her works can be found in several Finish and European public collections, not least, in the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki; Musée du Feutre, Mouzon, France; and the Textilmuseet in Borås, Sweden. She has received numerous stipends and prizes, among others, the Nordic Award in Textile for 2009 and the WCC-Europe Award for Contemporary Crafts.

Translation: Arlyne Moi.


Silja Puranen
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen


Circus Princess (235 x 325)
Silja Puranen
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen


War horse
Silja Puranen
Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen