ARTISTS

Appu Jasu

Appu Jasu is an artist living in Helsinki, working with video, photography and text. He is currently doing his MFA in The Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki. In his works factual events get entangled with fiction and scientific tangles with poetic. In addition to showing his works at exhibitions Jasu has published a book The Poetics of a Line (Kerber Verlag, Germany 2018).

Still from Nowhere Specific by Appu Jasu.


Heini Nieminen

Born in Finland 1979. Nieminen has studied sculpture in Finland, the Netherlands and Spain. She holds master’s degrees in Fine Art and Art Education. Her work often addresses contemporary ecological and societal issues.

Nieminen has held several solo exhibitions in Finland and has participated in group shows both in Finland and abroad. Recently she exhibited in 2B Gallery, Budapest, Hungary and Kotka Photographic Center in Kotka, Finland with Katalin Tesch, exhibited in Lappeenranta Art Museum’s group show, Finland and in Gallery Titanik, Turku, Finland. Nieminen has taken part in the 56th Venice Biennale’s Collateral Event, Jump Into the Unknown,2015,  Land Art Biennale in Mongolia,2014, Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, in Sydney 2014 & Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, 2013 in Perth, Australia, Artisterium 7, International Contemporary Art Exhibition and Art Events, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2014 and was in Nečtiny Chapel artist residency in Pilsen, Czech Republic, 2013. Her work has also been shown in Germany, Estonia, Russia, The Netherlands, and Spain.

Still from City Animals – Dinner by Heini Nieminen


Joonas Hyvönen

Joonas Hyvönen (b. 1990, FI) holds a master’s degree in fine arts from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Working mostly with digital  means, especially 3d-animation, his works – as well – often touch upon the topic of digital technology in relation to other contemporary phenomena, specifically focusing on the user – user interface level of interaction. Hyvönen lives and works in Helsinki, and has participated in exhibitions both in Finland and internationally.

Still from Bog Body by Joonas Hyvönen.


Laura Leif & Dana Schloss 

LTLeif is a musician and artist from Calgary, Canada, based out Helsinki, Finland. 

Dana Schloss is an animator and exhibit designer based out of New York, USA.

Still from Dreams like a dog by Laura Leif and Diana Schloss.


Riikka Gröndahl 

Riikka Gröndahl (b.1989) lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden. She holds a MFA in Fine Art from the University of Gothenburg.

She works mainly with video, but uses also text, sound and site-specificity as her ways of communicating. Gröndahl’s documentary-based works rise from research periods where she gathers knowledge based on lived experience. She meets and interviews a variety of people for each work, leading the works to often take polyvocal forms. In her latest works, Gröndahl has been interested in the relation of human and animal in situations where the animal’s position is completely instrumental.

Still from Absent Referent by Riikka Gröndahl.


Verna Kuusniemi

Verna Kuusniemi is currently completing her Master’s in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art at Aalto University. She has a B.A in philosophy from the University of Glasgow.

Still from Birthday Boy by Verna Kuusniemi.


Fanni Niemi-Junkola

Fanni Niemi-Junkola graduated with MFA degree from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in 1995. The starting point for her artistic work is both visual and political. She explores power relations in social communication within everyday life.

Niemi-Junkola’s video works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Finland and internationally i.e. Coexistence, Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma 2019, Four to the floor// (Far) beyond the bassline, Cultural Centre of Belgrade 2013, Forum Box, Helsinki 2011, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel 2006, White Box, New York 2005, 3rd Berlin Biennial 2004, Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2000 and Manifesta 2, Luxemburg 1998. Her short films have been shown in film festivals in Barcelona, Madrid, Honningsvåg and Tampere. Niemi-Junkola worked as a Professor of Time and Space Arts at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2001–02 and she is currently appointed as a Senior Lecturer, Fine art, in Tampere University of Applied Sciences.

Still from Equilibrium by Fanni Niemi-Junkola


Sanyukta Sharma

Sanyukta Sharma is a graduate of Film and Television Institute of India, where she specialised in Film Direction. She is a filmmaker and audio-visual artist working out of Uttarakhand, Kolkata and Delhi.

Still from Dream Animal by Sanyukta Sharma.



Anni Puolakka

Anni Puolakka is a visual and performance artist based in Helsinki and Rotterdam, NL. She incorporates biographical and documentary materials into fictional worlds in her performances, videos, installations and images. They play with the boundaries and potential of humans as they seek meaningful and vibrant – sometimes drowsy or ambivalent – involvement with other beings and objects. Puolakka’s work is often collaborative and situated between visual art, performance, theater and cinema. She received her MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. Puolakka’s works have recently been shown at Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow), Le Lieu Unique (Nantes), Kiasma Museum of Modern Art (Helsinki), Sorbus (Helsinki), Kim? (Riga) and Performance Space (Sydney). 

www.annipuolakka.com

Still from Diamond Belly by Anni Puolakka.


Janna Lindfors

Janna Lindfors is an artist, born in 1998, based in Tampere, Finland. Her main techniques are moving image and photography. These mediums enable interesting possibilities for installations and entireties together, and create a strong sense of reality with a documentary type of touch to her works.

Lindfors has studied visual arts in the Art College of Orivesi and is currently doing her Bachelor’s Degree in Media and Arts, Fine Art in Tampere University of Applied Sciences. Lindfors is mostly interested in themes related to things in one’s mind, such as memories, dreams and relationships to spaces. These themes are relatable, personal and important, as everyone experience them in some level. As she finds experiencing these things through art very valuable, she wants to offer a way to do it for a viewer. Artistic influences for Lindfors have been the experimental documentary and narrative style of Laurie Anderson, the pale and melancholic colors of Roy Andersson and the mysterious and compelling videos of Sami Sänpäkkilä.

Still from Pet Me by Janna Lindfors.


Sylvia Javén

Sylvia Javén (1988) is based between Vaasa and Helsinki. She has exhibited her works both in Finland and internationally, in Sweden, Russia, Germany, Denmark, UK in various filmfestivals and art exhibitions.  

Her work often uses the landscape and her own presence to communicate topics of survival, solitude and the relationship between humans and nature. She moves between the media of video, performance, installation and sound in her practice with a focus on poetic, minimalistic storytelling. While making use of natural elements in an almost documentary style, her stories often leans towards the surreal, exploring the emotional landscape alongside the physical.

Still from I am a bird by Sylvia Javén.


Minna Suoniemi

Minna Suoniemi (b. 1972) is a Helsinki-based artist working with lens-based practices. She’s interested in how disruption and failure can make normative structures visible and has worked on subjects such as gender roles, family, motherhood and power relations. Her latest projects examine the possibilities of ecologically sustainable future. Suoniemi has exhibited internationally in Europe, United States, South America and Asia including Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki, Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA, Preus Museum of Photography in Norway, Moscow Biennial for Young Art and the 8th Turku Biennale, and her work is in the collections of major Finnish Art Museums. Since 2014 Suoniemi works as University Lecturer in Aalto University, Department of Art.

Still from Lullaby by Minna Suoniemi.

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