Markku Haanpää graduated from the Arts Academy in Turku. Creatively, he mostly focuses on environmental issues. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Finland and in Germany, and in group exhibitions in the North (Finland, Sweden) and in the South (Spain, Bulgaria) of Europe. The residency in Maribor was his first creative experience in Central Europe.
As part of the Cultural embassies programme, Markku prepared the exhibition, named The Village, in the Vetrinj mansion. The exhibited works were created on the basis of a group nature-art project for European Capital of Culture – Turku 2011. Their main theme is the transitory, fleeting nature of things. The artist drew his inspiration for them from landscape; north-west Finland, especially his hometown Jalasjärvi, was the starting point of the subtle installation, where houses start to blend in with the landscape, but even as they fade, they remain alive in the stories of local people, in their attachment to their homes, their acknowledgment of their roots. Despite the fact that (on a physical level) everything passes, there are still those invisible ties that are deeply rooted in us, floating in time and space, indelible and indestructable.
The work that the artist created during his residency in Maribor is called Room.
Text: Maja Pardeilhan