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Olek I Our Pink House I Kerava Finland 8.8.-28.11.2016. Gallery Alli, Paasikivenkatu 9, Kerava.
Yarn Visions 26.11.2016-5.3.2017. Art and Museum Centre Sinkka, Kultasepänkatu 2, Kerava, Finland. http://www.sinkka.fi
New York-based crochet queen OLEK (Agata Oleksiak, Poland) and Kerava Art Museum has invited refugees, immigrants and voluntary women to wrap a house with pink crocheting patterns. The building situated in the center of Finnish town Kerava is now known as Gallery Alli, but it used to be a home of carpenter Karl Jacob Svensk and his family. During the Winter War 1939─40 they had to seek shelter, but the family and the house survived the bombings. In 2015 around 21 million people lost their homes and had to flee abroad due to war and conflicts. In the world there are over 65 million refugees, of which over 80% are women and children.
Our Pink House is a symbol of hope and a wish for a better future. Over hundred women joined their forces to make the point. “Our pink house is about the journey, not just about the artwork itself. It’s about us coming together as a community. It’s about helping each other. We can show everybody that women can build houses, women can make homes.” – OLEK
Our Pink House is a part of the exhibition Yarn Visions produced by Kerava Art Museum and shown in Art and Museum Centre Sinkka 26.11.2016─5.3.2017.
The project produced by Kerava Art Museum has been supported by Finland’s National Board of Antiquities, Prym Consumer Finland, Red Heart (USA) and Kerava Art Museum Friends Association, Kerava Evangelical Lutheran Parish and Savio Printing House. All of them share the artist’s wish: –Everybody should have a home.