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Why Look At Animals showcases work by established and emerging artists who engage with the topic of animal-human relations. Named after a book by writer, artist and art critic John Berger, the screening looks into the complexity of the human-animal relationship through it’s various manifestations and nuances.

“In the last two centuries, animals have gradually disappeared. Today we live without them. And in this new solitude, anthropomorphism makes us doubly uneasy.”

– John Berger

The program is curated by Anna Björklund and Shubangi Singh. 

Björklund is an artist and curator based in Helsinki. She holds a degree in Visual Arts and has previously curated a screening at Nissbacka Short Film Festival. She has also co-curated exhibitions such as What Are We Now at Beta Space gallery, Espoo. Her own video work have been screened in private galleries and events, such as Kino Loop (Berlin), VideokanavaVideo Festival (Tampere) and Omatuntoklubi (Helsinki).
Living between Mumbai and Sydney, Singh is an visual artist and filmmaker who works with moving images, documentaries, text, sketches and installations. She has curated exhibitions and screenings including New City Limits (Mumbai), Can You See Work? (Espoo) and VideokanavaVideo Festival (Tampere). Her works have shown at Whitechapel Gallery, London, Bienale de la Imagen en Movimiento (BIM), Argentina, Cairo Video Festival, Egypt, Athens Digital Art Festival, Greece and Third Space Gallery, Helsinki amongst other venues. 

Anna and Shubhangi are currently living in Helsinki where they are undertaking a Masters program in Visual Arts at Aalto University.

We are a part of the Fiskars Art and Design Biennale Parallel Program. For more information, see the biennale’s Parallel Program website.

This is a non-profit event, run entirely by volunteers and organized with the help of Fiskars Village. For more information about the location, see venue.

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