Ilmari Gryta Pro Polis


“Four summers ago I opened a beehive for the first time. The view was absolutely breathtaking. The inhabitants of this densely populated hive seemed to move chaotically, lacking any kind of order, let alone sense. However, I could already then guess that communal and organized behavior must be the lifeblood of such community – behavior that is based on communication through different means; and valuing the benefit of the community over that of the individual, which is essential for the survival of the colony.

Polis, the typical structure of a community in the ancient world, entered my thoughts, and in some sense, it appeared to me as a perfect urban community and a safe haven. This first encounter started my passionate collaboration with bees, which has also had a strong influence on this exhibition.

During the journey I’ve noticed how even small things can have a significant effect on the whole. I therefore believe it is important to learn how our world and its mechanisms are built. This knowledge can help us better understand the unique ecosystem in which we live. Just like bees, we should be more determined when taking care of those mutual things that affect us all, instead of focusing our energy on ourselves only.”

-Ilmari Gryta

Ilmari Gryta is a sculptor living and working in Hallakorpi, Janakkala. He is currently interested in themes related to human and nature. Gryta explores humans as part of a community that modifies its habitat in order to serve their own needs. He finds the consequences – the decline of biodiversity and the loss of pollinators due to modern agriculture – both dramatic and interesting.

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Events during the exhibition:

Ilmari Gryta will be present at the exhibition on Sunday, October 6, 2019, at 2 pm as part of a gallery tour (Kantakaupungin galleriakierros), and on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 2–4pm.

Subscribe to a newsletter

By subscribing to our newsletter you will get news on our exhibitions and events.