Soil Matters exhibition explores the materiality of soil and how it is interwoven with human activity. The exhibition is part of the three-year Design Club Open Call series, in which impressive new curatorial content has been sought for Helsinki Design Museum’s Gallery.

The exhibition architecture was designed by Aalto+Aalto. For us it was an easy-to-approach project as the materiality and the themes were something we could naturally relate to. We used big tile elements to divide and structure the space and also as a reference to the soil theme. The white colour and  laboratory like elements reflect the research aspect of the exploring processes in the art works.

The exhibition was curated by Maarit Mäkelä, ceramic artist and Doctor of Arts, and Riikka Latva-Somppi, curator and artist. Artists and groups in the exhibition: Tzuyu Chen (TW), Annelie Grimwade Olofsson (SE/DK), Özgü Gündeşlioğlu (TR), Catharina Kajander (FI), Riikka Latva-Somppi (FI), Maarit Mäkelä (FI), Pauliina Purhonen (FI), Erna Skúladóttir (IS), Unknown Fields Division (Liam Young & Kate Davies) (UK), Un/Making Studio (Åsa Ståhl & Kristina Lindström) (SE)