- Uzair Amjad
- Taina Rajanti
- Sakari Tervo
- Juliana Hyrri
- Hitomi Usui
- Gladys Camilo
- Chloe Bertron
- Anna Tahkola
- An Paenhuysen
- Ali Akbar Mehta
Eero Yli-Vakkuri is a recovering survivalist. In the past he made annoying street interventions which made people uncomfortable. Presently he is advancing sustainable design through campaigns and artistic presentations. He serves as the self appointed Speaking Clock of Finland.
Anurag Minus Verma is a multimedia artist and host of Anurag Minus Verma Podcast. He is also a political columnist who writes regularly for many publications.
Emily Laakso is a British artist based in Tampere, Finland. She is currently in her third year studying Media and Arts, Fine Art study path, at TAMK. Painting is her primary medium, but she also explores collage and other paper-based techniques. Themes in her work include the climate crisis, community, and identity. Turning 30 (in a pandemic) while retraining for a career most would consider doomed has taken a certain amount of strength and radical hope. She aims to channel those emotions directly into her work.
Jani Ikonen (b. 1978 Varkaus) is a visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer. He often finds himself in a gray area where new connections between people, content and form happen. Recently he has been working with policy briefs, circular economy, children’s literature and neighbors – breathing through the feet.
Kimberlie Clinthorne-Wong is an illustrator, designer and ceramicist from Hawaii. Her diverse range of work includes conceptual editorials to whimsically surreal and playfully imagined worlds for children’s illustrations. Select clients include 7-Eleven Hawaii, Starbucks, The Washington Post, and World Vision. On top of digital illustration she is the co-founder and one of the principal artists of Two Hold Studios, a collaborative ceramic design studio.
Laiba Raja is a visual artist and writer based in London. Her socially engaged work is primarily rooted in exploring the expansive nature of love. Through music, colour and joy, she illustrates the strength of sisterhood, community and most importantly— the devotion to knowledge, to learn and attempt to understand the spectrum of experiences of womanhood.
Ndéla Faye is a journalist and writer. She is also an avid reality TV follower and is fluent in all the Real Housewives melodrama, along with the stormy weather and smooth sailings of Below Deck. Her articles have been featured in The Guardian, VICE, The Independent, Al Jazeera English, HuffPost and CNN, among other publications. In 2016, she spoke on multiculturalism and being a ’Third Culture Kid’ at TedXWarwick. Ndéla holds a MA in journalism from Birkbeck, University of London.
Nova Kaspia is a visual artist and drag performer. He often works with the themes of identity, power, queer, anti-empowering narratives, and tackiness. To his joy, he is no longer afraid to paint with abundant and incompatible colours.
Orlan Ohtonen is a freelance curator and writer based in Helsinki, Finland. They are a Co-Founder of the curatorial platform ‘Feminist Culture House’; one half of queer feminist curatorial duo ‘nynnyt’; and a Co-Founder of feminist and anti-racist workspace Poimu. Their curatorial research is currently focused on what could be learned from trans and queer communality in relation to conviviality and cultural spaces.
Priyanka Paul aka Artwhoring is a self-taught illustrator, writer and generally funny person from Mumbai, India. Their work revolves around the themes of social justice, marginalisation and self-exploration. In her free time, you can find her hoarding zines, fighting on the internet and drinking copious amounts of iced tea.
Sheherazade Amin is a Pakistani advocate and activist. She completed her legal studies in the United Kingdom before moving back to Pakistan. “The Meesha Shafi” case was one of the first cases of her legal career. Her areas of expertise include but are not limited to defamation, death row inmates and sexual harassment cases. She is currently completing her LL.M in Intellectual Property Law from the University of California, Berkeley. Sheherazade also enjoys reading, writing poetry and playing the violin.
Shrujana Niranjani Shridhar is an illustrator and designer practising in Mumbai. Her research interests revolve around exploring and defining a Dalit aesthetic that has existed in the Indian sub-continent for centuries in its myriad heterogeneous forms. Her work examines socio-political relations at the intersection of gender, caste, and class. She’s a founding member of Mavelinadu, an anti-caste publication and community space by and for marginalised castes and indigenous people. In 2016, she co-founded the Dalit Panther Archive, documenting the Dalit Panther movement of the 1970s.
Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen (she/her) is a trauma-informed Ashtanga Yoga teacher. She is Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500, and TCYM-T certified. Based in Finland, she’s passionate about making wellness through yoga and meditation seamlessly engaged in equity and justice so that more people of the global majority can live well and thrive.
Wambui is deeply inspired by spiritual teachers and communities that apply the insights from their practices to social, racial, political, environmental and economic suffering and injustices. She would like to see wellness spaces engage more in social justice + activist spaces learn to breathe deeply and practice sustainable self-care in the midst of dismantling systemic oppression. This is her definition of community care.
Wambui provides consultation services for individuals and organizations who strive to operate from an ethic of embodied collective liberation. She is also a writer and public speaker.
Betty Fvck is an award-winning POC and immigrant queer artist based in Helsinki. She has performed in over 12 different countries and she was featured on over 50 magazines and TV. She is a voice for POC and Queer art to be heard.
Hanan Mahbouba (b. 1990 San Jose, CA) is a writer and filmmaker. Her work focuses on storytelling that explores the space between belonging and otherness. Hanan’s interests, in both film and text, revolve around the distillation of the singular moments that end up framing our understandings of ourselves and others. Recently, she wrote and directed the short film Fatima Falling and is currently at work on her first feature. Hanan has an MFA from The Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College and has worked extensively in NYC as a producer and writer for documentary and independent film projects.
Katri Sipiläinen (b. 1979 Savonlinna) is a visual artist working with painting, animation and comic art. She plays in a trio called Olimpia Splendid.
Marja Viitahuhta is a media artist and filmmaker, who lived her youth in Inari and her adult life in Turku and Helsinki. Her first film 99 Years of My Life was edited by Azar Saiyar. They also have had exhibitions together and in collaboration with installation artist Ida Palojärvi. For a few years she’s been working with Sami musician Ánnámáret, accompanying the music live with video works and creating experimental music videos. Besides working with moving images she has created collages, using imagery of people that remain unrecognized in family albums, directed performances with teenage performers about prophecies of the future, carried out site-specific works such as the sound installation Flood at Teijo church and designed feminist cakes. She would like to invite Azar Saiyar to karaoke with her.
Naomi Scott is a printmaker, visual artist and chef living in the mossy mountains of North Wales. She discovered printmaking while producing banners and posters for the Scottish climate movement and her work since then is fed into by activism, nature and an obsession with mushrooms. Instagram @namamiprint.
Olga Spyropoulou (b. 1985, Athens) is a Helsinki-based performance artist and writer. In her work, she experiments with various modalities of spect-actorship and non-hierarchical methodologies. She is interested in how we relate to one another in different contexts. Her artistic research revolves around legal contracts as performance scores, with respect to both private and public commitment.
Pehmee aka The Soft Collective’s mission, is to create representation and spaces for marginalized bodies in media, art, fashion and culture. We want to upkeep and improve methods and practices that we have learned through our activism and created ourselves. Our focus is on evolving, and pushing towards equality is way beyond representation issues and community work, but we believe grassroots is where we can make the biggest impact with the resources we have available for us.
As a collective, we create, produce and curate content, events and spaces. We have worked with several different media like podcast, radio, video and social media. We have designed festival concepts and journalistic content with the most interesting art and cultural platforms in Finland, like Ruisrock and Ruskeat Tytöt Media. The Soft Collective is the most known for their events that are based on safer spaces guidelines and BIPOC queer liberation.
Rohan Stevenson (he/him) is a sociology student and bicycle courier based in London. He has worked in the courier industry for four years, formerly in Edinburgh and Helsinki. Alongside platform capitalism and workers’ rights, his main research interest is eco-fascist online communities. He specialises in qualitative research methods; particularly online ethnography, participant observation, discourse analysis and research with archives. In his own time, he writes fiction and rap, takes photographs and romanticises his melancholic solitude.
Sanabel Abdelrahman is a writer and a PhD student currently researching magical realism in Palestinian literature. She is interested in folktales, surrealism, Gothicism, and the study of literary spaces. She publishes short stories in Arabic as well as essays on literature and visual arts.
Sirkku Rosi works with watercolours and performance art. She is interested in the absurd poetry of everyday gestures and flesh as a place for thinking. Physicality and skin as a porous, leaking boundary between a human and the surrounding world are at the heart of her works. She examines the connection between bodily and visual art, femininity, the lived body and flesh as a shared experience. Her works are a restrained carnival of the flesh.
Teo Georgiev (b.1992) is a Bulgarian illustrator, designer and artist based in Helsinki. He is currently pursuing an MA in Visual Narrative at Aalto University, where he explores the intersection of comics and migration studies. His interest lies in Balkan history, migration trends and how feelings of belonging are being communicated and explored through visual means. From children’s books through to editorial illustrations, Teo draws playful characters, surreal stories and whimsical environments, which he then intertwines with inspiration collected from nature, culture and history. His style is a combination of naïve shapes, organic forms and bold colours. His list of past clients includes WWF, Habitat for Humanity, Converse, InVision and FineActs, as well as boutique businesses and local NGOs.
Toshiya Kamei is a fiction writer working in English and Spanish. His short fiction has appeared in venues such as New World Writing, Revista Korad, and SmokeLong en Español.
Amanda Hunt is a performing artist newly residing in Helsinki. They are currently pursuing an MA at UniArts Helsinki in the Live Art and Performance Studies Program. Previous engagements have included living and working as an artist in Dublin, Ireland, as well as NYC, where they performed on streets, beaches, piers, as well as in galleries, museums and theater spaces. They also ran a DIY space for performance art that they built out inside of an old auto body mechanic shop in Brooklyn NY, called Parallel Performance Space.
Andrea Coyotzi Borja (b. 1984. México) is an artist based in Helsinki. Her artistic practice focuses on the subject of the quotidian and its relationship to the artistic event. This developed to her current research on the infraordinary in her Doctoral studies at Aalto University. Her artwork has been exhibited in different countries such as México, United States, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Bulgaria, and Finland.
Anthony Herman is a student of the University of Helsinki, studying English Philology. He is a dedicated writer and reader, writing a mixture of prose, poetry and drama. He is also active in theatre: he has produced, directed, and acted in different productions, and he is an avid fan of musicals.
Aurora Lemma is a Helsinki-based freelance writer, medical doctor and a student of world politics. She has written to various Finnish media and is currently co-editing an essay collection on death, to be published by WSOY in the spring of 2022.
Farbod Fakharzadeh (b.1986) is an Iranian artist, curator and storyteller based in Helsinki, Finland. In 2018 he received a Master’s degree in Visual Culture, Curating and Contemporary Art from Aalto University. He is interested in using the magical, the comical and the absurd to create his version of social critique and he often works with history, archives and recycled material as tools for storytelling, re-imagining the possible and dreaming about parallel realities. He is also a co-founder of Taidekirppis, an archive project (currently on hold) in Helsinki.
Fjolla Hoxha is a writer and performance artist from Prizren, Kosova. She studied Dramaturgy at The Art Academy /University of Prishtina, Critique of Theater & Drama at Istanbul University/ Faculty of Philology and is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the Theater Academy / University of Arts Helsinki, Finland in Live Art and Performance Studies.
As a playwright Fjolla’s work has been staged at the National Theatre of Kosova (‘What Sprouts First When the Earth Burns?’), she has had stage readings at Unicorn Theater in London (Hyber-nation), co-authorships with Luzerner Theater in Switzerland and Die Stelzer Theater in Munich. For several years, Fjolla has devised theater summer camps with children and youth, developing original plays that give voice to the stories of deported/repatriated teens of marginal groups. Fjolla is a selected artist of the itinerant international artist residency, VeiculoSUR. Her current artistic focus is on auto-theory, researching methods of expanding subjective writing through performative space production. Her artistic research ‘Modification as a Mode of Resistance’ is based on deconstructing personal journals and memoirs from various pasts in her life, to enable their embracing by others through fragmented performance stagings in heterotopic spaces.
Francisco Rangel holds a bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication from Universidad Iberoamericana. He is currently a graduate student from the Master’s Programme of European and Nordic Studies and the Master’s Programme of Intercultural Encounters at the University of Helsinki.
Hector Sanchez (he/him/él) is a Mexican anthropologist who has been building his career, empathy, and critical thinking on a transnational journey. Having been living in Mexico, Ireland, India, and Finland, he specialized in the fields of Indigenous Studies, Interethnic Conflicts, Contemporary Music, and more recently, Hip hop Studies. He is currently interested in inquiring the value of subaltern contemporary music for Indigenous peoples and how they shape the global music market. Hector Sanchez has been working as a writer, editor, and research assistant in spaces such as “Asian Ethnicity” Journal, the University of Helsinki website, the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (India), the Arctic Youth Network, and a number of NGOs in Mexico. He holds an MA in Contemporary Religions from University College Cork (Ireland) and an MA in Intercultural Encounters from University of Helsinki (Finland), and plenty of learning from his coexistence with the Wixárika (Virrarika) people in México and Sámi musicians in Finland.
Isa Komsi is a writer based in Helsinki. She desperately needs more positive queer stories in her life—especially funny and weird romantic comedies that make you cry from laughter.
Jakub Bobrowski is currently learning traditional crafts: weaving wicker baskets and textiles, ceramics and others. He finds working with his hands therapeutic and likes to use materials that can be found in our surroundings. He’s working now on making edible books printed with linoleum blocks.
Miia Laine (she/her) is a Helsinki-based audio producer, arts worker and educator. Coming from a social science and ethnomusicology background, her work in radio and the wider arts seeks to critically examine and redress existing power dynamics. While living in the UK, Miia’s participation in an oral history project made a deep impression on her method of working and instilled a great love for interviews and listening to people. Her work often focuses on music, migration, gender and race, but also features processes of emotional growth.
Nadezhda Atanasova was born and raised in Bulgaria. She moved to Finland in 2016 where she eventually started pursuing a career in film. She is currently studying acting in Actors Academy Finland while also working on her short film production.
Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow and now lives in London. Her poetry collection States of the Body Produced by Love (2019) is published by Ignota Books. Recent poems and essays can be found online in CCA Annex, JUF, and Spam Zine; and in print in Wasafiri and Magma. She teaches Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London.
Noura Selmi is a published writer and a translator from Gaza.
Riina Rastas is a Finnish journalist and a student of Intercultural Encounters in the University of Helsinki. Rastas has worked in six different media outlets and is currently doing an internship in a magazine. Last summer Rastas was living in Tanzania and has also lived in South Korea, the United States and Australia. Through these experiences she has learned to understand that people are more similar to each other than they think. Rastas is passionate about human rights and global development and hopes to advance them in the future.
Saara Kahra is a Helsinki-based writer. She is mostly a poet, by heart and skill, but is venturing into prose. She is a member of the Helsinki Writer’s Group.
Sam Hultin (b. 1982) is an artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. Their work is based on their interest in queer history, identity and community and explores connections between personal experiences and larger political and social structures. Sam’s work is represented in the collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Gothenburg Museum of Art and Malmö Art Museum.
Shahi Derky (b. 1997) is a filmmaker and a linguistics student, working on connecting images, languages, and collective memory.
Sharron L. Todd is a writer, filmmaker and creative professional. She has lived in Helsinki for ten years via Brooklyn, New York and other parts of the world. During her time as a co-owner/operator of Finland-based Brooklyn Café and Brooklyn Baking Co, she has published articles on social topics and both edited and wrote for an award-winning grassroots book No Justice, No Peace. She wrote and directed her first short film, Dear Elijah, released in 2020. Prior to her life in Finland, Sharron wrote screenplays, poetry and essays for over 20 years.
Vishnu Vardhani RAJAN is a Body-Philosopher. A hyphenated identity, multidisciplinary practices, building connections between art, science, witchcraft, history and cultures define their practice. Vishnu explores shame, through dance, acting and stand-up comedy. Oscillating between cultures, methodologies and sexual identities, each different from the other are instrumental in their visual Language. Twerking and Napping in public spaces and community building are Vishnu’s whatchamacallits for everyday-activism. Vishnu’s research interests are Sleep, conflict, nutrition, with recurring themes of Night politics, conflict and food. Vishnu’s persona Vamp Master Brown is the first Indian Drag King in Helsinki. Vishnu aims to blend their love of Cinema, passion for film making with the ongoing practices, to achieve a new language in storytelling.
Visual artist, teacher, and illustrator Warda Ahmed is an artist that lives and works in the Helsinki metropolitan area. Ahmed is currently working on a project funded by the Kone Foundation. Ahmed makes comics about her family’s migration stories. Ahmed writes and draws the stories that she thinks need to be recorded: stories about migration, parallel realities, Afro-European identity, the stories that are her heritage. In 2019, the comic anthology Sisaret1918, to which Ahmed also contributed, won the Comic Finlandia award.
Yilin Ma is a free writer focusing on queer Asian diaspora experiences through film, visual culture and literacy. Currently they are getting an MA in Art History at the University of Helsinki.
An Paenhuysen is a curator, art critic and educator living in Berlin. She loves blogging on art and started in 2020 the publishing project AAAAA PPPPP Publishing. An is the director of the art project space The House of the Deadly Doris.
Anna Varfolomeeva is a postdoctoral researcher at Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) and Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki. Her current project focuses on indigenous notions of sustainability in industrialized areas of the Russian North and Siberia. Anna received her PhD at Central European University in Budapest and previously worked at the School of Advanced Studies, the University of Tyumen in Siberia. She is the co-editor of Multispecies Households in the Saian Mountains: Ecology at Russia-Mongolia Border (with Alex Oehler, 2019). @arcticscapes (Twitter)
Athanasía Aarniosuo (b.1981) is a visual artist, printmaker, curator, and art journalist currently based in Vantaa, Finland. Aarniosuo’s artistic and curatorial practice appreciates the beauty of human experience through creating and sharing stories. She creates romanticised, sentimental, and strongly subjective environments. In her current work, she focuses on exploring the concepts of ‘longing’, ‘utopia’ and especially ‘nostalgia.’ She holds an MA in art history from the University of Helsinki and a BA (Hons) in fine art printmaking from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland. She is currently studying at Aalto University’s MA programme Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art.
Edith Hammar is a Helsinki based queer visual artist. Drawing images based on gay memories or maybe parallel intimate realities. They are really good at ice skating and have also watched all the Alien movies maybe 12 times.
Golnoosh Nour is a poet, prose writer, and lecturer. She’s the author of The Ministry of Guidance and other stories – shortlisted for the Polari Prize 2021. Her work has also appeared in Granta, Spontaneous Poetics, and Columbia Journal amongst others. She has co-edited Magma 80 and an anthology of contemporary queer writing forthcoming from Muswell Press.
Helga West, also known as Biennaš-Jon Jovnna Piera Helga, is a theologian and poet from Deatnu river valley in the Finnish side of Sápmi. West is a doctoral candidate in the University of Helsinki, and in her theology dissertation, she examines topical Sámi issues connected to reconciliation. West also works in the literature field, and is particularly interested in the potential of art to give words to painful colonial experiences. In her most recent essays, she has combined elements of Sáminess and Western pop culture.
Ingrid Fadnes is a Norwegian journalist, currently working at the feature department in the newspaper Klassekampen. Fadnes has lived in Latin America for more than a decade and has followed political occurrences especially surrounding the conflicts between agriculture and indigenous peoples. She has made several radio documentaries from Latin America, as well as the Sápmi region. Between 2015 and 2018 she spent time in the state of Bahia in Brazil investigating and documenting the substitution of natural forest by eucalyptus plantations designated for paper production. As part of this work, she made the documentary film MATA.
Mariliis Rebane is a freelance curator and researcher based in Helsinki. Their research interests revolve around topics such as history, heritage, time, duration and processes. Rebane’s work is currently supported by the Kone Foundation.
Minkki Nurmi is a queer, nonbinary and neuro-divergent visual artist and gardener. They work with personal emotions, experiences and situations, which get documented in their work. Nurmi mainly works with drawing and text, but occasionally also uses photography and installation. At the moment they are working on a book called Soft. It studies how to be emotionally softer towards self and others from queer and neuro-divergent perspectives. The book will consist of poems, drawings and photographs. Their work is currently funded by Koneen Säätiö.
Riku Lehtoranta (b.1990) is a freelancer writer, with a key interest in music and all kinds of culture as well as social and academic phenomena. He has been studying musicology in the University of Jyväskylä and has been working with music in general. Recently, he has been particularly interested in music as an audiovisual, performative and social phenomenon.
Shia Conlon is a writer and artist whose work has been centered around marginalized voices and growing up in the landscape of working-class Catholic Ireland. His research is focused on non-linear time, queer representation, archives, language, and memory.
Dr. Timo S. Tuhkanen (they/them) is an Omani born artist-composer and academic working at the intersection between contemporary music, art, and research on the historical and cultural aspects of touch. Currently based in Helsinki Timo is the founder of experimental publishing house Pteron Press, the director of Myymälä2 gallery, and Affiliated Researcher at the Department of Music, University of Turku. Timo’s writings have been published in online magazines such as Arachne.cc, The Kitchen Poet, and Red May Seattle, as well as in artists catalogues published by Al-Mamal Foundation, and books on artistic and curatorial research published by die Angewandt Editions | De Gruyter.
Toshiya Kamei is a fiction writer working in English and Spanish. His short fiction has appeared in venues such as New World Writing, Revista Korad, and SmokeLong en Español.
Vilu Puttonen is a student of social and economic history and is interested in care, feminist economics and queer pasts. They are doing art things and tattoos and always searching for traces and friendships.
Zacharias Holmberg is a 36-year-old mixed-media illustrator and designer, born on the west coast of Finland but now residing and working in Helsinki. A fine-artist by education who also delves into writing, bookbinding, graphic design and drama, unwilling to settle for one particular style or theme. Motifs range from science fantasy and horror to shibari-inspired art and minimalist landscapes.
Alba Ala-Pietilä (b. 2001) is an aesthetics and film studies student at the University of Helsinki. At the moment she’s especially interested in feministic approaches to art and the way it is studied as well as surrealism and surrealistic qualities in art. Painting herself, she’s currently examining the associative prospects of the abstract form, both in the method and the result.
Ceyda Berk-Söderblom (b.1976, Izmir) is a Helsinki-based independent art manager, curator, festival programmer and entrepreneur specialising in change management; and has 20 years of background experience in the arts. Ceyda grew up in a cosmopolitan family and has always been fascinated by complex and fluid social identities. Originally trained as a journalist, she also studied communication, critical thinking, business administration, arts management, and leadership in arts. In 2015 she founded MiklagårdArts, an innovative platform, facilitator and connector for promoting transnational collaborations between Finland and the dynamic art scenes around the world.
Platform for the epistolary form Dear, is an Amsterdam based initiative by artist Martha Jager, which initially emerged to bridge a time marked by distance, encircle the enforced slowness of everyday life and contrast the acceleration of online production, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adopting the intimate practice of writing letters as a form of publishing, Dear, invites artists, writers and poets to compose a letter which is distributed by post to readers worldwide. For each series of four letters, Dear, collaborates with another cultural organisation, through which the project is understood anew, and is provided with a new contextualisation of the time we are living.
The current series Dear, don’t forget to bring a carton of milk on your way home x is made in dialogue with Stockholm based curatorial study program Mourning School. Former collaborations include Poetry Foundation Perdu, Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons and Vleeshal Center for Contemporary Art.
Egle Oddo, MA in visual arts. Her work focuses on linear and non-linear narration as an art form, combining photography, moving images, installation, sculpture, environmental art, and experimental live art. In her pieces industrial production morphs towards delicate handcraft, life forms appear and emerge out of sculptures and objects, film photography appropriates digital images, selected trash mixes with fashion, precious edible minerals and ancestral recipes are served as part of ritual meals. Her work is present at international biennials, museums and relevant institutions, as well as independent alternative spaces and events. She works with operational realism meant as the interest for the functional sphere, its presentation in an aesthetic arrangement and its inter-relations. Since 2007, she has been researching plant seeds, vegetal consciousness and agency, plant analogies and plant imagery, patents applied to plants, natural and artificial reproduction of plants, regional biodiversity, economic and ecologic impact when there are restrictions with the exchange of local seeds. She was a member of La Sala Naranja and she co-founded Namastic Art Collective. Presently she is a member of Catalysti Association, a board member of Myymälä2 Gallery, and a chair of Pixelache Trans-disciplinary Platform for Experimental Art, Research and Activism. Egle Oddo lives and works in Helsinki.
Ilina Schileru is a Romanian artist, curator, and cultural manager. She has an MA in Graphics at Bucharest University of Arts, completed in 2010. She is a member of UAP Romania and the founding director of EBienale and an art teacher for migrant children in a local NGO.
Starting in 2021, she developed MNTRplusC, a contemporary artist-run space program under the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant’s aegis, aiming for international collaborations between the Romanian local scene and foreign fellow artists and curators. As a Special Projects Curator there, she focuses on themes such as housing crisis, gender distribution in power structures, cultural transitioning/ adaptation/ disappearance of traditions/rituals in urban and rural sites. She is announced as the curator for the Roma Exhibition Collateral Event at the 59th La Biennale di Venezia, organized by ERIAC (The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture) to be held between 23 April – 27 November 2022 in Venice.
Jade Lönnqvist is a freelance illustrator and a graphic designer based in Helsinki.
Malaika Mollel is an artist, clothing designer and entrepreneur from Helsinki, with Finnish and Tanzanian roots. She paints characters with African origins, who carry a name and a story of their lives. Malaika gets inspiration for her art from music, people, nature, second-hand fashion and literature. She’s currently based in Amsterdam to grow as an artist and an entrepreneur. @mollelmalaikaart (IG & FB).
Maria Koskivirta (b. 1999) is a Helsinki based audiovisual artist, with a key interest in cinema. Studying the medium of film, her intent is to bring forward all the subtle moments in the film that are left unsaid. Regardless of the piece, there’s always more that can be explored through the subjective perception of someone else’s eyes.
Mariam Haji is a Bahraini multidisciplinary fine artist who currently lives and works between Finland and Bahrain. She was most recently featured at Mänttä XXV Art Festival, while previously represented The Kingdom of Bahrain in the 55th Venice Biennale 2013. Her work is also a permanent public display at the National Theater in Bahrain, part of the permanent collection of The National Museum of Bahrain.
Her works involve observations of social practices and interactions between the ways in which European art history has had an effect on postmodern Arab Art. She is particularly curious about sociopolitical and religious environments where the subject of being ‘She/Her’ is themed. You will find that Haji achieves the above by translating ‘Her’ into a legend through visual language. By tracing intersections between European classical paintings with early European feminist performance practices Mariam creates various re-enactments of western art through an Arab lens and an autobiographical narrative.
Milka Njoroge is a researcher whose work focuses mostly on visual technologies with an emphasis on black Finnish geographies. Her most recent publication is A Story of Queer belonging, Heartbreak and Friendship (ASTRA magazine, Finland, 2021).
Mourning School is an artistic study program on the notion of being in grief as the stuff of our everyday, initiated by Lucie Gottlieb and Rosa Paardenkooper. In a series of exhibitions, public programming and publications, we imagine new ways of collective mourning to give name to and make space for the feelings that come with death, dying, loss and mourning. The vulnerability of life, threatened by the climate crisis, the global COVID-19 pandemic, political, social and economic violence, inequity and precarity, loneliness and isolation, makes the proximity to death and loss more tangible. Central to Mourning School lies the question: who gets to live and die, who is remembered and who is deemed ungrievable? In response, Mourning School proposes queerness, in its most expansive form, as a method and framework to subvert and unsettle Western understanding and norms of death and mourning - as an individual problem or medical diagnosis - and the stigma that surrounds them.
Niko Tii Nurmi Sipiläinen estas artisto, verkisto, reality show-kameraisto kaj afiŝa distribuisto loĝanta en Helsinko. Ili nuntempe estas subtenataj de Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
Princess Jimenez (b.1987, Dominican Republic) educator, writer, spoken word performer, and podcaster. She has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Utah State University. Currently living in Sweden. She is one of the founders of La Dekoloniala!, an educational, artistic, and cultural organization whose main goal is to bring forward decolonial knowledge. Princess Jimenez is the creator of Mango Podcast — an educational and opinion-driven platform where content is created from an intersectional feminist and decolonial perspective.
Sepideh Rahaa (b.1981, Amol) is a multidisciplinary artist, researcher and educator based in Helsinki. Through her practice, she actively investigates and questions prevailing power structures, social norms and conventions while focusing on womanhood, storytelling and everyday resistance. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral studies in Contemporary Art at Aalto University. Her practice and research interests are representations in contemporary art, silenced histories, decolonisation, Intersectional feminist politics and post-migration matters.
Thomas Moose is a performer, a model, and a scientific researcher. During their performances, they explore the hotness and sexiness of their trans nonbinary body. They have a double Master of Science degree in International Nature Conservation from the University of Göttingen, Germany, and Lincoln University, New Zealand. Thomas is from Italy but is now based in Helsinki, Finland. They’re pursuing a PhD position and creating a life filled with science, different art forms and community.
Ubuntu Film Club is a collective from Helsinki that organises monthly film screenings and panel discussions.
Yvonne Billimore is an artist-curator moving between Helsinki and Scotland. Yvonne is associate curator of Rehearsing Hospitalities, Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s public programme for 2019 to 2023. Previously, she was the Programme Manager at Scottish Sculpture Workshop in rural Aberdeenshire, where she developed and produced a programme of international residencies and projects, alongside workshops and public events. Her work facilities situations for collective learning, exchange and experiences with particular attention given to feminist and ecological matters. She is currently exploring Feminist Collective Research Practices, with research performed through a range of approaches including archival research, workshops, reading groups, listening practices, correspondence, writing and an open call for responses: fcrp.cargo.site
Elina Nissinen (b.1991) is a visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. She works with paint/ing and clay but also with other materials, space, and collaborators. Her curiosity in artmaking leans towards enigmatic matter(s) and objects, sensibilities, relationalities, narrativities, and magic. Elina holds an MA from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (2018) and is currently pursuing her MFA in the University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts.
Emma Hovi (1989, Vaasa, Finland) is an art educator and artist. She has studied and exhibited in different cities internationally, such as Berlin, Montréal, Vienna and Helsinki, where she is currently based. As an artist, she works with feminine-coded labour and constructions of agency. Her artistic practices are based in performance, moving image, photography and text. She is currently extending her master’s thesis research on monstrosity and Otherness in educational philosophy and pedagogy through the arts. As an art educator, her experience spans work both in public schools and in established cultural institutions. She has worked in several Finnish contemporary art museums, where she has given guided tours and art workshops for groups of all ages. She has also produced pedagogical exhibition material and worked artistically with differently abled youth. Her essays, poems and illustrations have been published both in print and online. She has also facilitated writing workshops internationally as a board member of the feminist journal Astra. Her working languages are Swedish (mother tongue), Finnish, English and German.
Evangelos Androutsopoulos is a cartoonist and artist and has been making comics since 2006.
FEMMA Planning is an urban planning company led by two urban geographers Milla Kallio and Efe Ogbeide. At the heart of their work is commitment to understanding different urban realities and experiences. FEMMA Planning transforms place-based and residential data into guidelines that architects, urban planners or decision-makers can use in their work. The main aim of FEMMA Planning is to bring other perspectives to the planning process than the purely technical; it’s not enough to know what the experts think, planners and policymakers need to also be aware of the lived experiences of city-dwellers.
Julian Owusu is a dance artist and dance teacher who has been active in the Finnish Hip hop and dance fields since 2004. Julian’s focus has always been on community building practices. Alongside his work with Hip hop, Julian has also worked as dancer, choreographer and actor at, among others, Zodiak – Centre for New Dance, Jojo – Oulu Dance Centre and the Oulu City Theatre. Julian Owusu worked as Regional Artist for Youth Culture at the Arts Promotion Centre (Taike) in Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu regions between 2016 and 2021. Since completing his five-year bid at Taike, Julian has returned to freelance artistic and pedagogic work.
Kiia Beilinson (b.1986, Espoo, she/they) is a freelance graphic designer and artist based in Helsinki. She DJ’s by her alias Cute Cumber and is a co-founder of MYÖS, a collective and non-profit organisation promoting accessibility, equality and safer spaces in electronic music & club culture. Currently, Beilinson is also working part-time teaching in Aalto University and as press coordinator for Baltic Circle festival and fills her daily duties as a caregiver to a rescue dog.
Ndéla Faye is a journalist and writer, based in Helsinki. Drawing from her own experiences, her writings often focus on identity, culture, rootlessness, motherhood and mental health. Her articles have featured in The Guardian, VICE, Al Jazeera, HuffPost and CNN, among other publications. She spoke on multiculturalism and being a ’Third Culture Kid’ at TedXWarwick. Ndéla holds a MA in journalism from Birkbeck, University of London.
Nimco Kulmiye Hussein is a multidisciplinary writer/critic who works at the intersections of research, visual culture and art. They are the founder and co-editor of Ante Nouveau, a magazine focusing on contemporary art and culture as well as critical thinking and practices. Kulmiye Hussein holds a Master of Arts from Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
Pietari Kylmälä keeps a garden. He works at Finnish National Broadcasting Company YLE as a journalist, specialising in literary reviews. Their upcoming podcast series Lukupiiri Tulusto & Kylmälä will discuss new books.
Raine Aiava is a Ph.D candidate in the Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Changes within the Department of Geosciences and Geography at the University of Helsinki. Working in the field of human geography, he is part of the cross-disciplinary research group, Geographies and Affective Politics of Education, where his research explores the politics of difference in eventual encounters and emphasizes non-representational and more-than-human perspectives. Aiava’s previous training was in the philosophy of Aesthetics which continues to influence his work. He has Masters in Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is a co-founder and board member of the Museum of Impossible Forms in Kontula, Helsinki, a cultural center funded by the Kone Foundation.
Sakari Tervo is a university teacher at Aalto ARTS and prior to that he was a lecturer of exhibition studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts. Tervo has done independent curatorial work with a series of online publications and has been an active member of the artist-run spaces Sorbus in Helsinki and Titanik in Turku. “For me, art is a social weave where other possible worlds exist.”
Savu E. Korteniemi (b. 1986) is visual artist and independent writer, living and working in Lapland. Savu in their artistic practice uses mostly sculpture and drawing. During their artistic process, Savu puts also a strong attention on writing and notation practice as a tool to reflect and discuss questions that arise during their research. Communicating and collaborating with others is also a key part of their work. Savu E. Korteniemi holds a master degree from the University of Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts. Even when drawing, Savu feels that they are above all a sculptor. They are particularly interested in objects and how one can give shape to things out of reach. The making of concrete pieces is analogous to language construction; in that sense thinking is also three-dimensional. Like objects, thinking is silent. Networks of language form a self-enclosed world; language can’t pass these borders.
Ville Vuorenmaa (b.1980 Lapua, Finland) is a visual artist, songwriter and musician. Currently, Vuorenmaa is living with his family in Oulu, Finland. Vuorenmaa has been focusing on watercolour painting for several years now. Subject matter in his paintings is often personal. Vuorenmaa likes to combine images with texts. At the moment Vuorenmaa is working on a series of paintings that deal with the strange world of record collecting and fascination with old vinyl records. He is currently preparing for his solo shows at Mältinranta Studio (Tampere, October 2021) and Galleria 5 (Oulu, December 2021).
Danai Anagnostou (b. 1993, Athens) is a Producer for Film, Media & Live Art based in Helsinki. She is the Curator for the Society of Cinema the Museum of Impossible Forms. In 2020, Anagnostou began her Doctoral Studies at Aalto University, School of Film, Television, and Scenography, where she studies hybrid models for production, curation, and education in the field of filmmaking.
Elina Johanna Ahonen is a visual storyteller who likes to get lost in the woods – and in her thoughts too. Elina enjoys wide-ranging projects and digging up new ideas. Elina works as a freelancer and in her studio she creates magazine layouts, illustrations, short animations and cartoons. Elina is studying for a master’s degree at Aalto University.
Even Minn is a writer and dramaturg working in the fields of performance and contemporary art. They are fascinated by the dancing body, the spiritual body, the animal body and our shared ancestry with other cellular lifeforms. Their practice is informed by trans feminism and somatics.
Golrokh Nafisi (b. 1981, Isfahan, Iran) is an illustrator, animator, writer, and contemporary artist based between Amsterdam and Tehran. Golrokh has studied at the Art University of Tehran in Iran and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the Netherlands. She has frequently exhibited her work in galleries, as interventions and performances, and at film festivals, among which Art Rotterdam in the Netherlands, MACRO in Italy, and the Beirut Art Center in Lebanon. Nafisi’s aesthetic is strongly influenced by popular local handicrafts of the cities that she travels to and works in. Her illustrations are inspired by the political uprisings of the people in different geographies, and are usually distributed among the demonstrators during the social-political movements.
Kihwa-Endale is an artist based in Helsinki who paints, draws, writes and performs spoken word. She is a half-Korean, half-Ethiopian Gemini. Inspired by curiosity, she seeks to understand the world around her as well as the one inside of her. She finds her references mainly from ridiculous amounts of Youtube videos.
Her art is rooted in her ancestry, spirituality, social issues, myths, and hermetic principles. Also, in Love.
She is currently establishing a spoken word organization, KAIROS, to create platforms for voices that have been marginalized. At its heart, this project aims to find a holistic way to create social change through poetry.
Additionally, she is preparing for her first solo exhibition in Helsinki, titled Hands Up.
Marina Valle Noronha is an independent curator and doctoral researcher at Aalto University, Finland where she investigates curatorial theory and ethics of care within museum collections development. In her work, Marina puts forward different ways to look at art that leads to new forms of engagement with objects. Through extensive curatorial research and collaborations with collecting institutions, she explores the relationships between permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, including display methods that experiment with environmental features. Marina has an MA in curatorial studies from Bard College, USA and a B. Sc. (Honours) in architecture from UFMG, Brazil.
Martina Miño Pérez (Quito, Ecuador, 1990) is a visual artist, cook, and cultural manager who currently lives between Helsinki, Quito and Berlin. Martina did her master’s degree in Visual Culture, Curation and Contemporary Art at Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland and focused her thesis on The Sense of Taste and the Act of Eating as Metaphorical Tools. Previously, she completed her undergraduate degree in Culinary Arts and Contemporary Arts at the San Francisco de Quito University. At the moment she works as an artist creating edible installations and exploring various ways in which food functions as symbolic devices in contemporary art. Her research investigates domesticity as a sphere of radical thought and the body as a tool for sensitive interpretation.
Martina has exhibited her works in spaces such as Project N.A.S.A.L, Gallery N24, TIER: The Institute of Endotic Research (Berlin); Pori Biennale IV (Finland), Arte Actual FLACSO and at the moment she is doing a residency at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito. Martina has shown her work in Finland, Sweden, Japan, Germany, Estonia, Mexico, and Ecuador. Her texts have been published in magazines and publications such as Index: Revista de Arte Contemporáneo, RabRab: Journal for Political and Formal Inquiries in Art, Feminist Culture House Helsinki, Simulacrum (Holland), among others.
Nina Mufleh is an artist, currently living in Jordan.
Ristena Biret Kirstte Nilla Pinja aka Pinja Pieski is a sámi indigenous artist, feminist and activist from Deanu river, from the Finnish side of Sápmi. They are currently living in Helsinki, studying and doing performing arts.
Born in the 80s, educated in the 10s, living in the now. Sami Juhani Rekola tries to recalcitrantly keep bios and himself undefined by using fancy umbrella terms like a post-medium thinker, hands-on explorer and precarity art worker.
He believes in action, love, compassionate behaviour and the fun of getting himself into trouble by doing things he doesn’t quite understand yet.
While slowly striving for a sustainable artist career he seeks loose calendar views, a sense of freedom and healthy ways of using passion to achieve flow states.
Sanna Ritvanen (b. 1989 in Sotkamo) is an artist, producer, cook, baker and creative mind working widely in the field of arts and culture. They are interested in collaborative and caring working methods in multidisciplinary groups and projects, trying to embrace the not knowing and failure with constant curiosity towards, well basically almost everything, from sourdough baking to urban planning.
Shubhangi Singh’s practice as a visual artist and filmmaker responds to contemporary politics and the interconnectedness of production and reproduction of popular and everyday material. She often draws upon the empirical as well as existing recorded knowledge to address movement, identity and queries related to the cultural and social reality of the feminine and its negotiations with the public sphere. Singh is the co-founder of New City Limits, an initiative to facilitate creative viewing and practice in Navi Mumbai, India and she currently lives and practices in Helsinki.
Vera Kavaleuskaya is a curator and editor born in Minsk and based in Helsinki. She is the co-founder and commissioning editor of the platform statusproject.net, launched in the frame of the collective research project STATUS: The Role of the Artist in the Changing of Society. The project brings together artists and cultural workers with a common goal to analyze the conditions of artistic practice and give visibility to the people who conduct it in today’s world.
Aman Askarizad (b.1986 Iran) is a visual artist, photographer and musician based in Helsinki. He started learning music at the age of 15 and had his first concert in 2010. In Finland he’s had solo and group performances and collaborates with ‘Road Ensemble’, playing Tar and Setar with them since 2017. In his works, as an artist or organiser, he intends to dismantle the dominant narratives and representations within their socio-political contexts.
Emma Larkovuo is a visual artist based in Helsinki. Her work includes drawing, painting, writing and sound, in which she combines spoken word and ambient music. Currently, she is working with her second self-published poetry zine and pastel drawings, exploring colors, forms, still lifes and interiors. She holds a BA in fine arts from the Turku Arts Academy.
Juha Hilpas works in video, writing and in contemporary art through various mediums of expression. His artistic work deals largely with material experiments in the context of mythologies, language and ”for the fun of it”. His works have been exhibited mostly in the Helsinki area, but have also been featured in various instances and events in Estonia and Croatia. Besides arts, he works to develop media content for finnish nonprofit organizations and has an interest in both fictional and non-fictional writing practices.
Julia Kartesalo is a curator and cultural manager from Germany, based in Helsinki. She majored in Cultural Studies, and nowadays focuses her curatorial practice and research on issues related to cultural memory and photography. Among her exhibitions are “Fokus Bauhaus” at Design Museum Helsinki and the exhibitions “alex wollner brasil. design visual“ and “Secret Compartments“ at Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Kartesalo is currently studying at the Faculty of Education and Culture, University of Tampere to expand her knowledge in the field of art education.
Ksenia Kaverina (b.1988, Saint Petersburg) is a curator and researcher with a special passion in languages, translation and transdisciplinary collaborations. Her doctoral dissertation in the making considers globalisation-conditioned changes in knowledge production and perception, in exhibitions, biennales, museums, universities and other potential sites of curatorial interventions.
Laureline Tilkin-Franssens (b.1991, Leuven) is a visual artist based in Helsinki, mainly focusing on photography and video art. Her work focuses mostly on experiences related to her own identity and has been exhibited all around Belgium and Finland. In 2017, Tilkin-Franssens founded Tuonela Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to the Finnish rock and metal scene, promoting both young and established bands. In 2021, Tuonela Magazine merged with Musicalypse and as a result, is now the biggest English online music media in Finland. Aside from art photography, Tilkin-Franssens focuses on music and event photography. Tilkin-Franssens graduated with an MA in Fine Arts (Photography) from the Media, Arts, and Design Faculty at Catholic University College Limburg and holds an MA in Visual Culture & Contemporary Art from Aalto University.
Mariana Núñez Sánchez aka Mare (b.1988) is a Mexican designer and illustrator based in Helsinki. She has worked in interior, furniture, and textile design, but the last major interest for her has been illustration, animation and creating children’s creative workshops. She views creativity as an important tool for change and a vital element for children to practice and develop. Working and learning with children is one of the most satisfactory things she has encountered during her creative process. She loves creating make-believe objects, surprise balls, and eating quesadillas. She has a passion for food and everything that surrounds it, especially the cultural significance of cooking and eating together.
Minjee Hwang Kim is a visual artist from Seoul, South Korea and based in Helsinki. In her works she explores time, space, and belonging through the theme of a journey. Kim’s works have been shown in multiple solo and group shows in Helsinki, Seoul, New York, and online platforms. Kim holds an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki and BFA from Korea National University of Arts.
Noora Geagea is a visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Her background is versatile, ranging from dance practice to camera assisting in feature films. She received an MA Photography degree from LCF, University of the Arts London in 2009 and has since exhibited her lens-based works extensively. Noora is a storyteller with an interest in attitudes and structures. She mainly works with video, photography, and installation. Her works have been recently shown at the Platform Gallery in Helsinki, Forum Box gallery in Helsinki, Serlachius Museums Collection in Mänttä, the Weserburg Museum of Modern Art in Bremen, Salon Dahlman gallery space in Berlin, as well as several galleries across Finland and abroad over the years.
Risako Yamanoi is a visual artist based in Helsinki. She has completed her master’s degree at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki. Her work explores personal feelings and memories which remain unseen and marginal in everyday life.
Roxana Sadvokassova (b. 1992, Kazakhstan), in her maverick approach, seeks to organically articulate and explore storytelling through different mediums, with respectful disregard to the labelling nature of the art field. Her current primary focus is film and comedy.
Maker and enabler, artist and legal practitioner, crazy cat and plant lady. Riikka Kuoppala’s one-person law firm Vegan & Legal started as a bike café in 2020 and has since developed into a radical legal practice where sustainability, non-discrimination and kindness are the driving forces. Her alter ego, the Tax Potato, gives tax advice to artists in Vegan & Legal’s social media channels. Currently, one of Riikka’s objectives is to develop alternative strategies to working with legal issues, such as creating feminist agreement and contract writing practices, queer approaches to family and inheritance law and taxation emancipation for the precariat.
Bogna Luiza Wiśniewska (b.1988 Poland) is a soft-hearted creature who lives and works in Helsinki, where she maintains an arts practice that fosters cozy safe spaces and good company, bringing people together through painting, exhibition-making, cooking, and hosting. Her recent project was thinking about (and reconciling anxieties around) guilty pleasures; owning your needs and cravings; and learning through peculiarities, obsessions, and infatuation. She is pondering about care and kindness in relation to working as an artist. Fragile Hug is her first solo show in Helsinki. She is currently working together with Katie Lenanton on collaborative durational project Weathering.
Carlota Mir is an independent curator, researcher and translator working simultaneously across these fields. She works and does research at the intersection of feminisms, migration, sexual minorities, translation, histories and practices of curating in various European contexts. Currently, Carlota works as a curator for the Danish refugee community centre Trampoline House, a lumbung member at documenta fifteen (Kassel 2022), and she is also a PhD candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Other current projects include the volume Propositions for Translocal Solidarity (Berlin: Archive Books/Stockholm: Konstfack), which she is a co-editor of. An art historian, translator and curator by training (BA in Art History and French, University of Sussex, UK/Paris Sorbonne IV) she graduated in 2013 and she holds an MA in Contemporary Art and Visual Cultures (UAM/MNRS, Spain, 2016) and postgraduate degree in Curating (CuratorLab, Konstfack, Sweden, 2020).
Katie Lenanton (she/her) has worked within, outside of, and counter to institutions, aiming to understand, corrupt, and change their ways of working. She strives to practice curatorial responsibility. In 2018, she began researching and building alternative institutional structures through the intersectional feminist curatorial collective Feminist Culture House. She continues to work there alongside friends and co-directors Neicia Marsh (she/her) and Orlan Ohtonen (they/them). She’s also collaborating with Bogna Wiśniewska (she/her) on a durational project, Weathering, a practice of working slowly, responsively, and with care in the face of unknowns, in dialogue with different artists and contexts.
Kirsti Tuokko (b.1943) art work are about a woman’s space in our society – themes starting from the kitchen: dirty dishrags, presented as informalistic paintings and moving on to more hedonistic areas of fashion, outfits, posing – painted with oil on plexiglass. This hedonistic world later gets a bitter aftertaste affected by the accelerating climate change, making consumers’ joy and satisfaction sour.
She completed her art education studies in Taideteollinen oppilaitos (now Aalto University) 1966 and has studied graphic and symbolic design in University of California in Berkeley, USA in 1967-68. She worked as an art teacher for students (12-18 year old) in Tampere for over 30 years. Kirsti started painting again in the end of the eighties. Since then she’s had a studio and intensive working habits. Her works are in the collection of the Finnish National Gallery, Wihuri Foundation, Helsinki Art Museum, Tampere Art Museum, HUS, TAYS, and in several private collections. She has been commissioned for public art works by the Finnish State, TAYS and private commissioners.
Saara Mahbouba (b. San Jose, California) is a visual artist and artistic researcher currently based in Helsinki. Her research interests are primarily in the intersection of identity and labor, and making critical theory in this area more accessible and engaging through her practice. Her use of mediums ranges from text and theory based work, to visual art (painting, drawing, installation, video, and experimental materials), and performative actions within and outside of artistic settings.
Tania Nathan is a writer, poet and journalist who lives and works in the capital region of Finland. In her free time, she likes to smash the patriarchy and upset the status quo. She also likes Olympic weightlifting, foraging for wild foods and camping whenever time and weather permits. She also works as an educator and youth worker, produces poetry events and artists all over the greater Helsinki region, and one day when Corona is over, the world.
Tuomo Tuovinen is an artist (Who isn’t?) who has been involved in running art spaces Sorbus and Outo Olo in a small retail space in Helsinki. He is also a member of Sorbus artist collective and Mustarinda association.
Ali Akbar Mehta (b. 1983, Mumbai) is a Transmedia artist, curator, and researcher. Through a research-based practice, he creates immersive cyber archives that map narratives of history, memory, and identity through a multifocal lens of violence, conflict, and trauma. Such archival mappings – as drawings, paintings, new media works, net-based projects, poems, essays, and theoretical texts, as well as performances both of bodies and networks – are rooted in datafeminist posthumanist critical theories of making visible hegemonic power relations and silenced historical materialism. His ongoing doctoral research, tentatively titled ‘Practicing Online Performativity: Constructing Politically Conscious Archives for the Future’, is interested in exploring the performative relations between online archives and its users through mediated interventions of Second Order Cybernetics, to create knowledge systems that outline a vibrant new political public sphere.
Aneta Atsova is a visual artist and musician based in Finland. She also goes under the musical pseudonym Annie Trippah. A former Aalto master’s graduate in Visual Culture, Contemporary Art and Curation, she specializes in various disciplines including sculpture, video and audio, painting and digital media. Her work is characterized by naively exaggerated perspectives and forms revealing immanent psychic paradoxes. In both music and visual art, she’s predominantly interested in satire, absurdism, kitsch, melodrama, as well as the broad field of philosophical anthropology, in which she has earned her bachelor’s degree.
Dr. Hanna Järvinen currently works as a university lecturer at the doctoral programme of the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. She is also Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance at De Montfort University, Leicester, and holds the title of Docent in Dance History at the University of Turku.
The author of Dancing Genius (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) and five edited collections as well as a number of articles and book chapters, her research combines dance scholarship with performance studies, history, cultural studies, and artistic research. In particular, she has been interested in authorship and canonisation, postcolonialism and decolonisation, and questions of materiality and contemporaneity in art practice. She enjoys making performances and collaborating with artists and her current research takes place in the Vetenskapsrådet workshop project Spectral Collaborations, and the Academy of Fine Arts, Finland project How to Do Things with Performance.
Johanna Rojola or roju studied la bande dessinée in Angouleme, France. Their career has evolved around comics: producing exhibitions and events, editing, educating etc. They are a founding member of Kutikuti comics collective and Femicomix Finland. Currently they are studying MA in Praxis programme at Uniarts Helsinki.
M. Hasnan Habib
My name is Melanie Popp and I am an art teacher currently caring for my two children full time. Though I am out of the traditional classroom setting for now, you can’t take the art teacher out of me! I’ve been creating opportunities for process based art play for my children since before they could wield paintbrushes.
I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was still a child. My mama, also an art teacher, offered my three younger siblings and I ample opportunity to explore our growth as artists, and I continued that exploration through my undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and K-12 education, six years of teaching high school Art (and some pre-k art) in Oakland, California, a life changing two year MA program in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland and almost four years and counting of facilitating projects and art experiences for my kids. My own practice as an artist has wavered between printmaking, participatory installations and mixed media painting. My latest body of work can be found here. Right now my independent practice is limited as child care of littles envelopes most waking (and sleeping) moments of my life.
My goal in creating Eat, Play, Paint is to help you create process based art experiences for your children at home. I hope you find meaningful tools and ideas here to help your children learn and grow through sensory visual art exploration in a way that feels natural and easy to you.
Mina Jafari (b. 1987, Tehran, Iran) has pursued a BA in Painting from Sepehr Art University of Isfahan. Her works are strongly inspired by the notion of dreams and how can one recreate a world within them. The reimagined illusive world of her paintings/prints is a peculiar space that humorously summons the viewers to its narrative. Not knowing what has happened before or what is going to happen after, the viewers are invited to pick up where the artist has left. Mina uses the chalcography technique as it lets her reproduce an image, like having the same dream over and over again.
Niko Skorpio is a transdisciplinary artist, researcher and educator based in Finland. Through his works Niko Skorpio explores various forgotten, abandoned, obscure and secluded areas in culture, nature and the psyche. Niko Skorpio holds an MA in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art from Aalto University, Helsinki.
Panos Balomenos (b. 1976 Athens, Greece) lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. He holds a BFA from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan, Italy, a BFA from the State School of Fine Arts in Frankfurt, Germany and an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts of Helsinki, Finland. His work has been shown in gallery spaces, museums and cultural institutions including, Skulptur Project in Münster, Germany (2003), Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden (2005), Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland (2005), Platform Garantí, Istanbul, Turkey (2006), Vienna International Apartment, Brussels, Belgium (2007 and 2010), Camões Institute, Lisbon, Portugal (2008), Museo Baluarte de la Candelaria, Cádiz, Spain (2008), Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland (2011), Center for Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece (2014), Kydoniefs Foundation, Andros, Greece (2016), Museum of Applied Arts, Belgrade, Serbia (2016), ARTag Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (2018), Saw Gallery, Ottawa, Canada (2019), Myymälä2, Helsinki, Finland (2019) and hasan & partners, Helsinki, Finland (2020).
Pipoca (Paola De Ramos) was born in Curitiba, Brazil in 1986. Pipoca creates performance and installation to stimulate body sensation and perception, challenging peoples’ notion of their private and public psychological space. Most of her work is charged with intense colours, complex combinations of different materials and with a pitch of sour humour. All of Pipoca’s works are born in her subjective and inner questions brought up in her daily life; throughout the process, they lose their personal approach to open up for more political and socially engaging actions.
The artist has already shown her work in the UK, Brazil, Russia, Portugal, Estonia, Slovenia and Finland. Pipoca had done lectures at the University of East Anglia and the University of East London. Also, she had curated and organized exhibitions in Brazil and Finland. She received her BA Graphic Arts at UTFPR in 2008, in Curitiba, Brazil, BFA in Fine Art at Slade School of Fine Art in 2013, in London and MA in Visual Culture and Contemporary art, at Aalto University, Finland, in 2018. At the moment, she is based in Chapada Diamantina, Brazil.
Paola Jalili (b. 1991, Mexico City) is a publisher, visual artist, and cultural worker currently based in Helsinki. She works with a variety of visual media to reflect on the intersections between labor, gender, and the contemporary workplace. In 2017, she co-founded the independent publishing project quince ediciones together with Daniel Bolívar. In her self-publishing practice, Paola experiments with do-it-yourself production methods and aims to reach criticality through small, quiet, and humorous minutiae.
Parsa Kamehkhosh is a Helsinki based designer, visual and performance artist, born in Tehran in 1985. His interest in objects and everyday aesthetics led him to study industrial design at Tehran University of Fine Arts, from there to Stockholm to pursue Aesthetics and Meaning-making at Konstfack College of Arts, Crafts and Design and then to explore Visual Culture, Curating, and Contemporary Arts at Aalto University. Through his practice, he explores the notion of aesthetic aura that appears from the proximity, juxtaposition and joints of materials and shapes. After he moved to Finland in 2015, he got more engaged in the interactive aspects of objects and materials in the context of performance art and, since then Performance art has turned to the most prominent means of self-expression, and self-study in his practice. His performances manoeuvre on the borders of three disciplines of Contemporary Art, Crafts, and Design. His works have been mostly exhibited in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Uzair Amjad (b. 1989, Sahiwal) is a Pakistani filmmaker, multimedia artist, and writer based in Helsinki. He holds an MA in Visual Culture, Curating, and Contemporary Arts from Aalto University, Finland. Amjad’s works borrow greatly from his original training as an image-maker and from oral traditions of storytelling. In 2020, Amjad’s first short film Paper Promises had its National Premiere at Helsinki international film festival (HIFF) and its international premiere at the academy awards qualifying Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF). Paper Promises received the audience choice award at HIFF. Currently, Amjad is preparing a new body of work which will be showcased at Mänttä Art Festival 2021.