Portti, 2020 at Surrender? Surrender, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki Finland
"Moody fools, befuddled fools, wise fools, city fools, fools from castles and villages [...] fools trotting down the path, new and foolish of every age; courageous, cowardly, ugly and beautiful fools; on Mardi Gras the Prince will host you all at Les Halles."
The Prince of Fools, Pierre Gringoire (fifteenth-sixteenth century)
In the set of four new works for Surrender? Surrender, Johanna Härkönen summons apparitions of her foolish alter ego from magical medieval realms and beyond. By enigmatic sleight-of-hand, this jester, a bonafide player/entertainer in her own right, has sprinkled crumble lines of the fantastic and the grotesque for the beguiled who meander her great halls of infinite jest. Catch a glimpse of her animistic spirit in a wicked grin here, or stare straight down the fluffy portal to her humble abode there, but beware the true depth of her dark art (you will be fooled)!