The Space Refugees have landed in Särestö, Lapland. Until the end of the month Raisa Raekallio's and Misha del Val's Space Refugees paintings at Särestöniemi Museum café.
In the artist couple’s current artistic project Space Refugees a bunch of mysterious, outer-space beings, endowed with space blankets, flee their distant worldhomes and seek refuge in our planet. The paintings, dominated by a sombre atmosphere, show the journey of these space migrants: some still wander with their families in a dark limbo, some have already made it to Lapland, and the least fortunate float, like Dr. Frank Poole in that unforgettable scene of 2001 Space Odyssey, in the void of space. The artists use media photographs of real refugees as the basis for the space characters. Space Refugees project call forth an awareness for our current international refugee crisis.
A central, common element in these paintings is the silver and golden glittering space blanket, which provides protection (and hope) to the vulnerable creatures from the cold, dark, harsh conditions. Perhaps, the artists identify with these homeless refugees of space, looking for shelter, meaning and sanity in their own space blanket of art making.