The Home Of Art

Despite some drunken mishaps I and my colleague had a wonderful time in Tallinn. We decided we should do more adventures together, and so we found ourselves in… welll…

A small and soulless town called Kerava, which claims to be…

…tougher than Compton. I don’t know about the reputation of Compton, but I really don’t believe in the toughness of Kerava.

A rock’n’roll state of mind? Well now I’m curious. But there’s actually a good reason why we were there.

As the covid pandemic was still ravaging its way through the world and no vaccines had been invented yet, there was very little to do apart from drinking in bars until 11 pm and after that in parks. But here they had invented something original.

A local culture association had an art exhibit called Taiteen kotitalo, which translates into The Home of Art. The city had borrowed them a suburbian block of flats, which was emptied and destined for demolition. They had gathered a group of street artists and made the former apartments into installations. Of course we had to see this, so off to Kerava we went.

There was the Home of Art. A dull old block of flats with very little imagination in the architecture. This was around 30 minutes past the opening time, and there was already a que forming.

And on the yard we found this, which promised at least an adventure.

After a wait of around 25 minutes we were allowed in.

I will not be posting all of the photos I took. But I’ve created a gallery of them and linked it to the end of this post for you to see. Please also pay the organizers a visit at Purkutaide, as they have since had other projects.

The first apartment we entered was just pure techno.

After which came a magical forest.

A bit more original, yet very beautiful art.

The wall states ‘A lot of colours’, and that is really the truth in the case of this house.

The car outside was just a part of the performance by this artist. We later learned, that the car was in fact registered and he was using it.

This room allowed the audience to place stickers wherever they wanted. I placed mine on the roof.

This one was one of my favorites. Local politicians published their opinion in a local newspaper stating that it’s difficult to see what good this art project brings to the suburb. And that it only emphasizes the shadiness and dangers of the area in a deceiving way.

Yes. The exhibition only had around 30 000 visitors and became a nationwide phenomenon. Obviously that was nothing good.

The covid was also present in the art.

The exhibition was open to people of all ages, but this one room was forbidden for minors. There was a reason.

All in all we spent around 1,5 hours in the house and enjoyed every bit of it. When we retruned, the queue was even longer. The exhibit was so popular that they made a new one the following summer. After that this location was closed for the public, but other similar projects have appeared in other cities inspired by this pioneering one.

The building was finally demolished in the spring of 2023.

See a larger gallery of the photos in the exhibition here.

Published by desertedfinland

A Finnish Urban explorer & Photographer

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