Curator Satu Oksanen is interested in exploring the possibilities of public art as situations, fleeting moments, or processes rather than static landscape elements. She aims to bring more interdisciplinary collaboration to public art in order to elaborate new curatorial and artistic practices. The idea of public art as infiltrating the everyday is one of the driving forces in her curatorial work. As public space is shrinking, it becomes more important to find new ways of appropriating space. Oksanen reflects on how art can act as a platform for community dialogue applying the methods of participatory art and shared authorship.
Satu Oksanen (born 1979, Espoo, Finland) holds a BA in Design and an MA in Art History from University of Helsinki. Since 2007 she has held the position of Assistant Curator at HAM Helsinki Art Museum. Her curatorial work includes public art commissions and contemporary art exhibitions. She also holds a position in the museum’s collection acquisition committee and is a member of the curatorial team for HAM gallery, the art space run by HAM for emerging artists. Her recent projects include Tatzu Nishi’s Hotel Manta of Helsinki, and Vieno Motors How to Prepare 1.0 by Ilona Valkonen.
Residents from Finland
Aarti Sunder graduated from the Dutch Art Institute in 2015. She has worked with If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and Open!, and has exhibited her work at the the Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade over the past two years. She has written fiction and non-fiction for publications, most recently an essay titled Drawing on a 1:1 Scale. She received a Sarai Fellowship in 2012.
Residents from India
Andrés Durán’s art work has developed around the city of Santiago, Chile, where he has focused his research on various phenomena common to most Latin American cities. Accelerated growth, usually out of planning and order, generates hybrid and eclectic cities. This is the starting point for his images that mix reality and fiction. Durán’s principal interest has been to create experiences with images, using photography, video and digital post-production. He has used different mediums to generate these experiences, such as interventions in advertisement billboards, installations, video installations, and large format photography.
Andrés Durán (born 1974) lives and works in Santiago, Chile. He studied architecture at the Central University of Chile. In 2001, he obtained a degree in fine arts with a major in painting at the University of Arts and Social Sciences (ARCIS), Santiago, Chile. In 2007, he obtained a degree in post production and 3D digital animation, bringing a new visual element to his work. Durán’s work has been exhibited in Chile and abroad, and in the following exhibitions Edited Monument, Metales Pesados Visual, Santiago, Chile, 2015;Exercises to Distract One’s Perception, Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, 2012; Garden for Rent, Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chile, 2009; Delay, Galería Animal, Santiago, Chile, 2005; and Wasteland, Gabriela Mistral Gallery, 2002.