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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maija Baijukya (they/she) is a self-taught critical theorist and artist based in Helsinki. An urban animist, their process is intuitive, working with various mediums, paint, poetry and textiles as well as recycled materials.
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.
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.
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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.
Shia Conlon is an Irish artist and writer currently based in Helsinki. His practice investigates how marginalised and traumatised people can regain control of their narratives by reappraising the past. He is interested in how power is entrenched through social structures such as gender, sexuality, religion, class, the family unit and the state, and how these structures affect people trying to live and survive within them.
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.
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.