Social Art, Empowering People!

My True Passion.

I get my kick out of destroying status quos, questioning old systems and manifesting free thought.

Being an artist with social dimension in ones work requires the passion to inspire, creativity to experiment, vision to imagine, and the courage and compassion to empower others. Most of all it requires openness and fearlessness to be in an open dialog with people.

I believe that the art – as everything else in the society as well – is an inherently political space. Therefore I want to create art work to affect positive change in our society. The power of art as a way to concretize abstractions allows it to illuminate, reconstruct and reinvent our world.

My endless interest in human beings, communities and transformation can be seen in my work. I always produce my art work together with people and communities with aesthetic interest and a critical eye on our social environment. I believe that change can happen when people are engaged and given the opportunity to experiences rather than keeping the audience in the distance.

For the past 10 years, I have empowered and challenged individuals, communities and organizations to unleash their potential and become more creative and courageous. In my projects, I combine my artistic talent, inspirational fearlessness, tools of facilitation and coaching and have empowered thousands of people around the world.

I have worked in collaboration with dozens of international art and cultural entities such as:

Fondazione Volume, Hippolyte Gallery, Amos Andersson museum, Kiasma, EMMA Espoo Modern Art MuseumFinnish museum of photography and Helsinki Art Museum, Spiral Art Center in Tokyo, Parsons New School Gallery in New York City, Women of the World Festival in London, Kunstplass10 in Oslo, Embassy of Finland in Berlin, Finnish Cultural Institutes in New York CityStockholm, London, Tokyo and Oslo, The Fine Art Museum in Murmansk and Pink Line Project In Washington D.C.

Katriina Haikala Curriculum Vitae

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