Martta Tuomaala’s FinnCycling-Soumi-Perkele opens on Wednesday Dec 14th at 18 at Myymälä2, welcome! The exhibition is a spinning type exercise class that explores labour and Finnish austerity politics. By cycling on one of the spinning bikes available at the exhibition, the viewer can take part in the exercise program led by the artist herself. If you choose to take an active part in the class, please bring a small towel, a water bottle, suitable fitness clothes and a pair of indoor trainers with you. The work exhibited at Myymälä2 is part of a broader You-Can-Do-It! project that deals with work and labour and the role of women in Finnish society.
“You are very welcome to this 45 minute spin cycling class, my name is Martta. This is a steady-state cardio class, meaning we’re not taking any breaks. On the other hand there are no high intensity spurts either. You should be able to do this class and talk, or even sing along, without feeling out of breath. Feel free to copy my movements, which should help you work up a bit of a sweat. This exercise programme is called Finn-Cycling-Soumi-Perkele! and I’m the creator of it. I’m completely clueless when it comes to sports science, so I have no idea if you’ll be burning fat, building muscle mass or if you’ll just be stiff after doing it.” – Martta Tuomaala
Martta Tuomaala (b. 1983, Lieto) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Helsinki. Her artworks tackle questions of workers’ everyday life, the struggles of individuals and communities, and the abuse of power. In her artistic practice Tuomaala combines film, video, socially engaged art and militant research.
Uudenmaankatu 23 F, 00120 Helsinki
Open: Wed-Sat 12-18, Sun 12-17, Mon-Tue closed
Photo by Johannes Valkonen