Energy Bodies Curated by Rosa de Graaf & Niina Tervo Now On Display at SIC, Helsinki 1.4. – 7.5.2023

Apr 4, 2023 | 2023, News

SIC presents Energy Bodies, an exhibition exploring the energetic relationships between the body and emotions: 

“Drawing on understandings of energy within various practices, from holistic healing and neurology to the study of natural elements and bodily matter, the exhibition leads with a seemingly simple question: What happens to an emotion once it leaves the body?”

The exhibition features works by five artists: Joana Escoval (PT), Niina Tervo (FI), Alvaro Ugarte (MX), and Rosario Zorraquin (AR). The starting point for the artworks is an expanded notion of the body: a concept which takes into account both the physical and the ephemeral aspects of the body. The artists are invited to view the world through the lens of energy and to tune into it as a medium of communication and expression. 

Energy Bodies is curated by SIC gallery’s Niina Tervo, together with Rosa de Graaf (UK/NL), a curator and writer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The exhibition is supported by the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux.

Energy Bodies is on display 1.4. – 7.5.2023 at SIC, Helsinki. The gallery is located at Malmi Old Station, Vanha Helsingintie 24. 

A room filled with artworks placed on the floor.

Photograph courtesy of SIC


Founded in 2012 by a group of Helsinki-based artists, SIC hosts exhibitions by both Finnish and international contemporary artists. The founding members are: Olli Keränen, Karri Kuoppala, Muriel Kuoppala, Kalle Leino, Maija Luutonen, Konsta Ojala, Sauli Sirviö, Timo Vaittinen and Laura Wesamaa


The curators

Rosa de Graaf is a curator at the Kunstinstituut Melly in Rotterdam. She has a background as an artist and researcher in the UK and in the Netherlands.

Niina Tervo is a contemporary artist specialising in multi-disciplinary art through sculpture and installation. She holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Arts Helsinki. 


The Artists

Joana Escoval is a Lisbon-based artist whose work includes sculpture, collective walks, video installations, and print. 

Alvaro Ugarte is based in Maastricht and Mexico City. His artistic work is influenced by his background in social science communication, as he stages social scenarios as a starting point to his pieces. 

Rosario Zorraquin is a visual artist from Argentina. She was educated at the Universidad Nacional de las Artes, and has since had an extensive, international career. 


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