I am pleased to announce that Pelastakaa Vaivaisukot Ry or the "Society to Save the Wooden Paupers" has officially become a project partner and will help lead the efforts to plan the first exhibit of vaivaisukot figures in the United States!
The proposed gallery exhibition will run in tandem with SISU is in the Heart activities starting in 2015. First beginning with a preview exhibition of framed photographs, prints, and design sketches for the vaivaisukot puppets built for the performance. Pending funding, a full exhibition with 4-5 vaivaisukot figures will be presented in 2017 in tandem with activities celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finland's Independence along with screenings of two documentary films following the project.
Seppo Seitsalo, professor, Chair of the Association
Sirpa Viljanen, liaison manager, vice chair of the association
Ville Vauhkonen, pastor, treasurer of association
Otso Kantokorpi, critic, curator of exhibition