Aino Laiho & Olga Green: Taka-ajatuksia – Baktankar – Ulterior Motives

3.–20.11.2022 Haparanda Railway Station

On the video: Information about the exhibition in Finnish Sign Language

The exhibition Taka-ajatuksia – Baktankar – Ulterior motives exhibition is the result of Aino Laiho’s and Olga Green’s first joint residency and numerous conversations. During the fall, the artist duo has been working at the Haparanda Railway Station in the same space where the exhibition is now built. On display there will be drawings, paintings and installations, and some of the works also use the UV light effect.

Laiho and Green are Deaf Sign Language users, millennials and friends who live in the capital region. In the new environment of the artist residency in Haparanda, they have explored themes related to the border, especially between different languages and between the Deaf and the hearing. The working methods of the artists are different in style, but they are united by the same sense of humour and enthusiasm to observe the surrounding reality.

Green is a self-taught artist who is particularly distinguished by her insightful and sympathetic line drawings. During the residency period, Green also wanted to try new techniques, such as stencil painting. Laiho is a designer by training and after feeling disconnected from making art for a few years, has found the joy in it again. During the fall, she has been most inspired to create three-dimensional works that take a stand.

The exhibition at the Haparanda Railway Station is the first solo exhibition for both artists. You can follow the work of the artist duo on Instagram on the Muukalaiset rajalla account (@muukalaiset_rajalla).

A simple drawing, with the sign Haparanda on the left and Tornio on the right. In between, two ambulances, one coming from Torneå and the other from Haparanda. In the middle, a person is lying on the ground with a gin bottle.
Drawing by Olga Green.


The opening of the exhibition will be on Thursday, November 3rd at 2 pm (Finnish time). Warm welcome!

Haparanda Railway Station

Free entrance to the exhibition. The space is accessible, there is a lift to the exhibition space. There is an accessible parking place at the railway station. There are tactile indicators on the station platform and in the waiting area.

Address: Järnvägsgatan 21, 953 37 Haparanda

The exhibition is open (Finnish time):

Wednesday 13–19, Thursday 13–19, Friday 13–19, Saturday 13–17, Sunday 13–17.

The exhibition is open (Swedish time):

Wednesday 12–18, Thursday 12–18, Friday 12–18, Saturday 12–16, Sunday 12–16.