BIO & CV

I live and work in Helsinki, Finland and  have worked as an independent artist since 2007. My art practice is socially engaged, collaborative, participatory and involves people and communities in collaboration and social interaction. The body of my work is intertwined with activism because it often deals with political issues such as human rights and equality. The art form is interdisciplinary involving performance, photography, visual art and film.

The value base of my work is built on love, freedom and human connection. I do my work passionately and see the results of my work both in the audience and in the communities I work with. 

My work is strongly norm-critical, and in my practice I address issues related to gender and especially femininity from the ideals of beauty to sexual identity. The roots of my work are in my interest in the power structures hidden in society, which I uncover and dismantle in my work. I am particularly interested in the themes of representation, absence and presence.

I have been showcasing my artwork in galleries and art institutions i.a. in New York City, Washington DC (USA), Tokyo (Japan), Berlin (Germany), Oslo (Norway), Stockholm (Sweden), Puerto Plata (Dominican republic), St Petersburg and Murmansk (Russia) and several other cities.

A cropped list of the galleries and institutions I have work together with:

The A.I.R. Gallery New York city, U.S., Fondazione Volume Rome, San Sebastiano Contemporary Palazzolo Acreide Sicily, Finnish Cultural Institutes in London, Berlin, Tokyo, New York City, Stockholm and Oslo, Espoo Modern Art Museum Finland, Taidehalli, Hippolyte Gallery Helsinki, Finland, Amos Anderson museum Helsinki Finland, The Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma Helsinki, Finland, Finnish museum of photography and Helsinki Art Museum, Spiral Art Center Tokyo, Japan, Parsons New School Gallery in New York City, U.S., Women of the World Festival in London, Kunstplass10 in Oslo, Embassy of Finland in Berlin, The Fine Art Museum in Murmansk and Pink Line Project In Washington D.C.

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

1996 Ylioppilas, Upper secondary school of Tammerkoski, majoring in Art Studies, Tampere, Finland

1997-1998 Visual Art Studies in Joutseno folk high school, Finland

1998-2001 Studies at Department of Scenography in The University of Art and Design Helsinki / Aalto University, Finland

2003- Studies at Art Department in The University of Art and Design Helsinki / Aalto University, Finland

2016 Bachelor of Art, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

2017 Master studies in IDBM (International Design Business Management program), Aalto University, Finland

2018 Life coach studies at the World Coaching Organization

2020 Cleaning The House – workshop, Marina Abramovic Institute

2022- Master of Art Studies in the Art University, Art Academy, Helsinki, Finland

 

POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY and MEMBERSHIPS

2010-2017 Founder, Owner and Board Member, Tärähtäneet ämmät / Nutty Tarts Oy Ltd

2020-2021 Representative of MUU Artist Association in the Artist Association Finland

2020- Member of AV-Arkki (Archive for media art Finland)

2019- Founder, Owner and Chairman of the board, HerStory Oy Ltd

2015- Member of MUU Artist Association

2010-2014 Member of the Suomen Taidegraafikot association

2022- Member of the board of Tapanilan Urheilutalo Foundation

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022 Spiral Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan

2022 Gallery Pirkko-Liisa Topelius, Helsinki, Finland

2022 Gallery San Sebastiano Arte Contemporaneo, Palazzolo Accreide, Italy

2022 A.I.R. Gallery, New York City, U.S.

2021 Pohjanmaan Valokuvakeskus, Ostrobothnia Photography Centre, Lapua, Finland

2021 HAA Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

2019 Gallery Fondazione Volume, Rome, Italy

2019 Gallery Caisa, Helsinki, Finland

2019 Gallery Art Space, Tokyo, Japan

2018 Gallery Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland

2015 Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland

2015 Finlandshuset’s gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2015 Gallery Kunstplasse10, Oslo, Norway

2014 Museum Anna Nordlander, Skellefteå, Sweden

2014 Project Gallery, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland

2011 Gallery FAFA, Helsinki, Finland

2011 Gallery ASC, Helsinki, Finland

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022 “Aistit / Senses”, Curator Laura Sarvilinna, Fiskars’ Summer, Finland

2020 “Erotic Art Vol. 2”, Curator Veikko Halmetoja, Gallery Pirkko-Liisa Topelius, Helsinki, Finland

2020 “Freedom of Image”, Curator Jean Ramsay, Short Film & Portraits, Artsi, Vantaa Art Museum, Finland

2019 “Antroposeeni”, Curator Marja Helander, Mänttä Art Festival, Finland

2017 ”Greetings from Suomi”, Curator Minna Suoniemi, Fiskars’ Summer, Finland

2016 “Year form the election” Curator Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Political Photography Festival, Helsinki, Finland

2016 “Boutique”, Curator Annamari Vänskä and Kaj Martin, Felleshus, Berlin, Germany

2016 “Utopia”, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca, the U.S.

2016 “Barents Art Festival”, State’s Fine Art Museum, Murmansk, Russia

2014 ”Boutique”, Curator Annamari Vänskä  and Kaj Martin, Spiral Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan

2013 ”Boutique”, Curator Annamari Vänskä  and Kaj Martin, Parsons New School Gallery, New York, the U.S.

2012 ”Boutique”, Curator Annamari Vänskä  and Kaj Martin, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

2011 ”Haute Couture”, Curator Jaakko Himanen, Honkahovi Summer, Mänttä, Finland

2011 “Antidote 2”, Curator Teemu Mäki, Gallery Parkhouse, Berlin, Germany

2010 “Pain”, Curator Mika Karhu, Kerava Art Museum, Finland

 

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

2022 “Social Portrait”, The A.I.R. Gallery, New York City, U.S.

2022 “Social Portrait”, Spiral Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan

2022 “Social Portrait”, Gallery Theodore Ramos Blanco, Havana, Cuba

2022 “Social Portrait”, Gallery San Sebastiano Arte Contemporaneo, Palazzolo Accreide, Italy

2021 “Social Portrait”, Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum Madrid, Spain

2021 “Social Portrait”, Serlachius Art Museum Mänttä, Finland

2021 “Decent Women” Collaboration with choreographer Hanna-Maija Pääkkönen, Forum Box, Helsinki, Finland

2021 “Social Portrait”, Serlachius Museum Gösta, Mänttä, Finland

2021 “Social Portrait”, Finnish Cultural Institute in Madrid, Spain

2021 “Decent Women” in collaboration with choreographer Hanna-Maija Pääkkönen, Forum Box Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

2020 “Social Portrait”, Tampere Art Museum, Tampere, Finland

2019 “Social Portrait”, Villa Karo, Grand-Popo, Benin

2019 “Social Portrait”, Gallery Fondazione Volume, Rome, Italy

2019 “Social Portrait”, Mänttä Art Festival, Finland

2019 “Social Portrait”, Espoo Modern Art Museum EMMA, Finland

2019 “Social Portrait”, Spiral Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan

2019 “Social Portrait”, Taidehalli, Helsinki, Finland

2018 “Social Portrait”, Aboa Vetus Ars Nova, Turku Biennale, Turku, Finland

2018 “Social Portrait”, Finnish Institute in London, United Kingdom

2017 “Social Portrait”, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki Finland

2017 “Rhythm 2.0”, Rytmitaju Art Festival, Hyvinkää, Finland

2016 “Monokini 2.0 Catwalk Show”, SuomiAreena, Pori, Finland

2015 “Monokini 2.0 Catwalk show”, Yrjönkatu Swimming pool, Helsinki, Finland

2014 ”Once upon a time”, Collaboration with Opera Skaala, äM-club, Helsinki Week, Finland

2014 ”Fuck the tourist”, Women only – 7 Holy Actions -performance festival, Plataforma de performance

Dominicana, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

2013 ”Dresscode”, Parsons The New School Gallery, New York, U.S.

2013 ”Happy Campers”, Supernova Performance Festival, Washington DC, the U.S.

2013 ”A Room With a View”, Kiasma, Museum of contemporary art, Helsinki, Finland

2012 ”I just love my_”, Helsinki City Art museum, Helsinki, Finland

2012 ”Uninvited guests”, WDC12, Helsinki, Finland

2012 ”Uninvited guests”, Futura Supperclub, WDC12, Helsinki, Finland

2012 ”Middle Class Jazz”, together with UMO and Dj Slow, Helsinki Music House, Black Box, Helsinki, Finland

2012 ”Public Hair”, Kallio Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland

2012 ”Extreme makeover 1 ja 2”, Curator Irma Optimisti, Lá-bas -performance festival, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland

2011 ”Extreme makeover 2”, Curator Teemu Mäki, Antidote 2, Berlin, Germany

2011 ”Extreme makeover 2”, Honkahovi summer, Mänttä, Finland

2011 ”Extreme makeover 1”, Honkahovi summer, Mänttä, Finland

2011 ”Catwalk”, Loft Etagi, St.Petersburg, Russia

2010 ”Art ist on the wall”, Factory Superstars, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland

2010 ”Art ist on the wall”, TR1 Kunsthalle, Tampere, Finland

2010 ”Catwalk”, Finland-station, Helsinki, Finland

2009 ”Enough yeast in your dough, darling?”, Feminist Association Unioni, Helsinki, Finland

 

SELECTED RESIDENCIES

2022 San Sebastiano Contemporary, Casa Bramante, Palazzolo Acreide, Sicily

2021 Serlachius Residency, Mänttä, Finland

2019 Villa Karo, Grand Popo, Benin

2018 Finnish Cultural Institute in London, UK

2014 Saari residency, Kone foundation, Mynämäki, Finland

2013 Saari recidency, Kone foundation, Mynämäki, Finland

 

OTHER EXPERIENCE

2007-2018 Visiting Lecturer at Aalto University, School of Art

2009-2017 Visiting Lecturer and mentor at Art Academy, Helsinki, Finland

2011- Corporate Coach of facilitation methods for leaders

2015- Personal Coach for private clients

 

GRANTS

2022 Finnish Cultural Foundation, project grant for working group

2021 Art Promotion Center Finland, artist working grant

2021 Frame, travel grant for artists

2021 Art Promotion Center Finland, art project grant

2021 Art Promotion Center Finland, travel grant for artists

2020 AVEK, production grant for media art

2020 The Finnish Cultural Foundation, 1 year working grant for artists

2019 AVEK, education grant

2019 AVEK, production grant for media art

2019 Art Promotion Center Finland, working grant for artist residency

2019 The Finnish Cultural Foundation, for arranging exhibition

2019 Frame, travel grant for artists

2019 The Finnish Cultural Foundation, 1 year working grant for artists

2016 AVEK, Creademo, for creative concepting

2015 Art Promotion Center Finland, 1 year working grant for artists

2015 Greta ja William Lehtinen Foundation, working grant for working group

2015 The Children and Youth Foundation, project grant

2015 Art Promotion Center Finland, grant for arranging an exhibition

2014 Art Promotion Center Finland, travel grant for artist

2013 Kone Foundation, working grant for artists

2013 Kone Foundation, grant for artist residency

2013 Art Promotion Center Finland, 1/2 year working grant for artists

2013 Art Promotion Center Finland, grant for material costs

2013 Frame,  travel grant for artists

2013 Finnish Norwegian Cultural Foundation, travel grant for artists

2013 Norden, production grant

2012 Kone Foundation, working grant for artists

2012 Alfred Kordelin Foundation, project grant

2012 Alfred Kordelin Foundation, grant for arranging an exhibition

2012 Art Promotion Center Finland, grant for equipment

2012 The Children and Youth Foundation, project grant

2011 Oskar Öflund Foundation, grant for arranging an exhibition

2011 Greta ja William Lehtinen Foundation, grant for arranging an exhibition

2011 Paulo Foundation, stipend for Solo Exhibition

2011 Art Promotion Center Finland, grant for arranging an exhibition