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Podcast #7

Jani Ruscica


Today we talk to artist Jani Ruscica about their work and exhibition Tarwe en Walnoot at 1646. Tarwe en Walnoot questions specificity, what makes up the essence of something, where a thing turns into something else — pushing against the edges of signs, binaries, categories. The exhibition’s treatise complicates and questions the relationship between signs and their meaning. Characters/signs/letters are animated or take human shape, or animal shape, they have their own will, or disappear into a pattern, an image. Specificity happens when essence becomes meaning, becomes a sign, gets put in a word, an index, a sentence, a book, put on a shelf and left there. Ruscica wants to disrupt this order.



About Jani Ruscica: Ruscica (b. 1978) (they/them) was born in Savonlinna, Finland and raised in Italy; they currently live in Helsinki. Ruscica has realized a wide range of commissions, including those for Camden Art Centre and Animate Projects in London, and MoMA PS1, Creative Time, and MTV global in New York. Their work was included in Everything was Forever Until It Was No More, 1st Riga Biennial (2018); and presented at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2016); and the Kunsthalle Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Art (2013).


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