Onoma’s summer exhibition

Hidden – “Forms of the Senses”

Onoma’s summer exhibition, Hidden, is a manifesto for multi-sensory experience!

Curated by Laura Sarvilinna, the exhibition deals with how the senses influence artistic work and the experience of art. The exhibition explores multi-sensory experience through art, design and craft. Hidden is a sensual exhibition, which is set up in a way that takes into account the possibilities and limitations created by our senses and bodies and the environment, from the perspective of both the artist and the visitor.

In the West, we have been making value judgements about the human senses since ancient times. The number of senses has changed, and over time, they have each been assigned a different importance in relation to our thoughts and actions. We live in a period of human history characterised by unprecedented amounts of information and sensory overload. At the same time, and perhaps precisely because of this, we have reduced our sensory sensitivity by only relying on our dominant senses. We have almost forgotten the importance of versatile sensory practice and multi-sensory experience. 

For people doing creative work, multi-sensory experience is a prerequisite for the imagination and creative practice. It is a natural path from an idea, or perhaps a coincidence, to a finished work. The works in the exhibition are intended to be experienced holistically. They appeal to several senses simultaneously. In order to maintain a sense of truth and presence in our lives, we must take care of the interaction between our senses and consider their multidimensional nature. 

Artists, designers, and artisans in the Hidden exhibition

Aapo Repo 
Anna Ulff 
Annatuuli Saine and Ulla-Maija Alanen 
Annika Lintervo, Inka Yli-Tepsa, Hermanni Yli-Tepsa and Tuukka Haapakorpi 
Antrei Hartikainen 
Anu Mykrä 
Anu Tuominen 
Beili Liu 
Camilla Moberg 
Eija Koski and Ananya Tanttu 
Elina Brotherus 
Elina and Klaus Aalto
Elle Valkeapää 
Grönlund–Nisunen 
Hemmo Honkonen
Jaakko Pakkala 
Jenni Ahtiainen 
Jenni Mikkonen 
Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen 
Kari Hannola 
Karin Widnäs 
Katriina Haikala 
Kustaa Saksi 
Laura Merz and Rudi Merz 
Linnea Saarits and Jonne Sippola 
Lulu Halme 
Mafune Gonjo 
Mattila & Merz 
Naoto Niidome 
Nathalie Lautenbacher 
Pekka Ijäs, Eero Alho and Risto Musta 
Petri Eskelinen 
Renata Jakowleff 
Riitta Talonpoika 
Ron Nordström 
Sonja Löfgren-Birch 
Tero Kuitunen 
Theresa Storbacka 
Timo Junttila 
Tuulia Penttilä


The team behind the Hidden exhibition

curator Laura Sarvilinna
exhibition designer Elina Aalto
graphic designer Ilkka Kärkkäinen
project designer Tuulia Penttilä
exhibition manager Susanna Louneva