The exhibition can be visited at the gallery space of the Cultural Center of Vuotalo, from September 23 to the October 9, 2021.
In this 10th anniversary of Kolibrí Festivaali, our special invited artist is Chilean children's book author and illustrator Paloma Valdivia (1978). Paloma is also the artist behind the creation of the festival image for the 2020 and 2021 editions of the annual multicultural art festival for children and their families.
Paloma´s work has been translated into over 15 languages and – among other acknowledgments – she has received the International Prize BIB PLAQUE of the XVIII Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (Slovakia); Most Beautiful Book of 2014 by the German Commission of UNESCO; the Santiago Municipal Literature Prize (Chile) as well as the Little Bird Award (USA) and the Medalla Colibrí (Hummingbird Medal) IBBY Chile, just to name a few.
In 2019, together with Mónica Bombal, she created Ediciones Liebre, which combines publishing of books for early childhood and the creation of applications exclusively destined for children. In 2019, the publishing house was recognized by IBBY (Chile) as having the best compilation of children’s literature. Its titles were selected for the White Ravens list (Germany) and the annual selection of the Cuatrogatos Foundation (USA).
In her work, Paloma communicates ideas and deep emotions in a very minimalist and poetic way. She developed an easily recognizable style by drawing without perspective, with a sketchy but still clean stroke, and tends to use a similar color palette in many projects. A strong connection to folkloric art is visible.
Paloma´s first exhibition in Finland is named “Nosotros” (US), which is also the theme of Kolibrí Festivaali 2021. In the exhibition, you will see illustrations from Paloma Valdivia´s latest children´s books and other projects connected with this theme – showcasing basic human themes as family, motherhood, identity, and community. You will also find extracts of some of her sketchbook pages and a video about her way of working - revealing the search and also struggles of the artist, an excellent opportunity to “spy” on her creative process. In addition, you will be able to see some of Paloma´s latest animation videos around traditional folk songs.
Come and get immersed in the visual world of Paloma Valdivia!
The exhibition is curated by Ina Fiebig and has been possible thanks to the Embassy of Chile in Finland and the Direction of Cultural Affairs of Chile, Vuotalo, Ibero-American Institute of Finland, Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland (SKF) and the publishing houses Ediciones Liebre (Chile), Amanuta (Chile) and Kalandraka (Spain).
Our special thanks go to Isol Misenta, Sari Airola, Alejandra Chacón, Patricia Oksa, Fernando Cacho, Yvapurü Samaniego Bonnin, and to the Board of Association Kulttuurikeskus Ninho.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Vuotalo, Mosaiikkitori 2, 00980, Helsinki, Finland