Pope and Frau Kraft on tour

Pope and Frau Kraft on tour

Jukka Korkeila

English below

Jukka Korkeila er einn af virtustu myndlistarmönnum Finnlands um þessar mundir og því mikill fengur af sýningu hans.

Jukka lýsir verkinu á eftirfarandi hátt, með eigin orðum:

Pope and Frau Kraft on tour
Because St Johannes XXIII (1881-1963) is not able to visit Iceland, I´m bringing his picture over there. While I am writing this text the body of St John XXIII has left for a tour in Italy. From its resting place in St Peter’s Basilica, the body of the late pope will be transferred May 24 to his home diocese of Bergamo and is scheduled to make its first stop at the city’s prison before being moved to the diocesan seminary named after Pope John XXIII. That night, priests of the diocese will escort the remains to the cathedral. After a Mass with the poor, May 27, the body will be moved to the hospital named after the late pope and then it will be transferred to the Shrine of St John XXIII in Sotto il Monte, all this to mark the 60th anniversary of his election as a pope.

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was born to a poor farmer family in 1881. He was the first son to be born in his family of thirteen children. He was sent to the diocesan seminary in 1896, the only member of his family. His journey started in a small village rural of Sotto il Monte in Bergamo province and went on all the way to Rome. His route was varied and complicated. He was appointed as the Apostolic Visitor to Bulgaria (1925–1935) and as the Apostolic Delegate to Turkey and Greece and titular archbishop of Mesembria, Bulgaria, before the WWII. These three posts are predominantly Islamic and orthodox, where Catholicism bears the minority status. These three posts also molded his views on ecumenism, the relationships between the different religions to each other. For example, in Turkey he is known as the Turcophile Pope. As nuncio, Roncalli made various efforts during the Holocaust in World War II to save refugees, mostly Jewish people, from the Nazis. After the war he was appointed as nuncio to Paris (1944-52) and Patriarch of Venice (1952-58). On 28 October 1958 he was elected as the Pope. As Roncalli chose the name for himself, he recited to the cardinals: "I choose John... a name sweet to us because it is the name of our father, dear to me because it is the name of the humble parish church where I was baptized, the solemn name of numberless cathedrals scattered throughout the world, including our own basilica [St. John Lateran] ..."

He is also known for his socially progressive ideas. On 25 December 1958 he for example made the pastoral visits to the Bambino Gesù and Santo Spirito Hospitals and he became the first pope since 1870 to visit sick children and adults. The following day, he visited Rome's Regina Coeli prison, where he told the inmates: "You could not come to me, so I came to you."

John XXIII called for the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican (Latin: Concilium Oecumenicum Vaticanum Secundum) and it started on 11 October 1962. His feast day is not on his birthday, 3 June, as would be usual, but 11 October, the anniversary of his opening of the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican. 11 October is also my birthday, which is kind of interesting, because nothing in this world is coincidental.
If we can think Pope as the light of mankind, so what do these three black circles on his face mean? I really don´t know, since the process started as an intuitive impulse, as an echo from the past, from things seen and done, that affect the present. The black circles are located symmetrically in a triangular field on the face of the Pope. They cover the eyes and the third eye, like cosmic sunglasses, that prevent the physical and spiritual sight. Three blind spots, which are known as the symbol of a blind person in Germany and through these black circles you can´t see the weakening of the light of mankind. Maybe the black dots on the face of the Pope represent the collective darkness of mankind?

During the recent year or so, it feels like, the mankind has been learning to walk backwards, like we would be descending to darkness. For example, the current digital revolution is deconstructing the old structures and the new structures are far from being finished. The spiritual and mental state of mankind is falling apart simultaneously and it is in a state of chaos over the top of the materialistic void, at least in the Western countries. The digital revolution has caused the amount of information to explode and the information itself is in a state of deterioration.

What kinds of darkness can be found on earth? Can the greatest darkness be found on the top of skyscrapers or from depths of the Amazon rainforest or somewhere between these two posts? A few years ago, NASA published their survey on future, which, among other matters, raised a concern, because of the division of wealth to even fewer hands. NASA foresaw, that this development will endanger the development of humankind and it may lead to various kinds of catastrophes, even as far as to the extinction of mankind. How can this culture of lovelessness prevail?

According to physicists 85 % of the universe is so-called dark matter and it is not known what it is. How to study something, that is plainly invisible and inexistent? They are trying to study dark matter at European laboratory for particle physics or commonly known as CERN in Switzerland, but in order to find some answers to these nearly impossible questions we also need to start looking for the answers outside the box of science. Dark matter is in the shadow of the universe, which we can´t look into. Could dark matter be understood intuitively? Could our hearts, our sentient sides, understand the universe better than our restricted minds?

According to our present scientific knowledge the all known matter consists of 17 elementary particles. The last one of elementary particles, the Higgs boson, was found in CERN on 4 July 2012. How many nuclear particles are there still to be found? How important it is to admit, that we don´t or can´t know everything? We are also not supposed to know everything and part of the universe will always remain behind the veil of secret. It will remain in the darkness, like this work on the street, in the fading light of Reykjavik, from the perpetual light of summer to the perpetual darkness of winter, as a part of the perpetual cycle of light.
The other part of the exhibition will take place at Corridor/Gangurinn, Reykjavík and Hofsós, Skagafjördur. To balance this event and not letting it spiral into ever darkening spheres I am bringing in more light in the form of Frau Kraft, which is a character created by actor and director Markus Karger, who happens to be my better half. Frau Kraft is one of the best kept secrets of Hessen (DE) and she is the singing cleaning lady from Wetterau fighting for emancipation of rural women! We shall just have to wait and see, if she will sing at the opening, won´t we?

24.5.2018 Glauburg-Stockheim, Oberhessen, Jukka Korkeila (...and by the way Jukka is the Finnish version of John!)

Jukka Korkeila (b. 1968) is a Finnish visual artist, Greek orthodox gay man, a non-drinking Finn, who likes German non-alcoholic beers and bears, through the year cyclist and a record collector, who is trying to save the CD as a format. He is sharing his time and record collection between Helsinki, Berlin and Glauburg-Stockheim (Oberhessen). He has studied architecture at The Helsinki University of Technology, furniture and interior design at The University of Art and Design Helsinki and painting at The Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki with ERASMUS-exchange to Klasse Koberling, Hochschule der Künste Berlin at the end 1990´s, which was a gateway to his lasting relation to Germany. He is mainly working with figurative painting and installation. He is working with themes like fat pride, gay pride and spiritual pride. His currently ongoing exhibitions include: SANGUINE, BLOEDROOD, Luc Tuymans on Baroque, MUHKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerpen, Belgium, curated by Luc Tuymans, Pleasure, Serlachius art museum, Mänttä, Finland, curated by Laura Kuurne, Touch, Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection, EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland, FUSION, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden.