Adel Abidin returns to Helsinki for his first show at Galerie Forsblom. The exhibition presents a new series of oil paintings developed from the video installation Their Dreams (2010) and the interviews conducted with children during that project.

Welcome to the opening on August 29, 2013, 5-7pm.

Read more about this exhibition from the artist's statement:

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 146

While I was working on my video installation Their Dreams, I was interviewing children aged between 7 and 10 years old, from different backgrounds. I asked one of the children a very difficult question: "Where do you think we are going to, based on what we witness daily on TV, newspapers, what you hear of and even the new fashion of video games?" The young boy's answer stopped me in my tracks. He said, "I hear my dad always saying: "that we the mankind are very brutal, and we do anything it takes to practice our brutality, and we will create whatever reason to cover our brutal acts". I asked him again, "But what do you think of that, yourself? He replied without hesitation, "I agree with my dad. I wish that I am able to kill everyone who would bother me or bully me, by using guns and knives. These people have to die, and I should live in peace". I told him, "But you will be punished if you do so". To which he replied, "I would cover my face so no one can tell who the killer was", with a smug smile on his darn face...