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Saara Ekström – Wivan Nygård-Fagerudd portrait, 2014. Still from HD video.DISPLAYING the first ever moving image portraits made by a Finnish contemporary artist using video as medium, The Ever Changing Portrait featuring Saara Ekström is currently on display at Amos Anderson Art Museum.

Ekström's most recent work is seen with two portraits that seek to comment on the traditional concept of portraiture, whilst simultaneously bringing it into the sphere of contemporary art. Commissioned by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, the portraits of Wivan Nygård-Fagerudd and Björn Teir, come alive as the sitter lifts their face and meets the viewer's gaze.

On display until 18 July, the portraits reference works such as Hans Holbein's famous 1533 portrait The Ambassadors. Ekström employs symbolism and attributes to take a stance on the sitters' personality, status and values. Instead of just merely presenting the individual, each portrait contains a number of clues, commenting on the sitters, their qualities and dreams.

Alongside the work of Ekström, the exhibition also features portraits from the museum's collection by such renowned artists as Christian Krogh, Tyko Sallinen and Carl-Gustaf Lilius, and Mikael Stierncreutz, Marjatta Tapiola and Icelandic Love Corporation.

The Ever Changing Portrait
feat. Saara Ekström
Until 18 July
Amos Anderson Art Museum
Yrjönkatu 27
Helsinki

JAMES O'SULLIVAN
HELSINKI TIMES
Image: Saara Ekström

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