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
Calori & Maillard
Calori & Maillard is an artist duo working in sculpture and performance. Their collaboration combines backgrounds in design and film into a practice where the real and the surreal merges, often with the infiltration of the absurd into a real situation. Their practice tends to reduce, define, erase and mix the thin line between art and life, staging situations that induce a rethinking of already-given structures. Power systems and conventional behaviors are triggered and stretched through improvisation and unexpected elements which find the escaping point in the irony of the counteraction. The sense of instability and the loss of horizon is often researched, questioning the expected and suggesting alternatives to usual modes of conduct.
Calori & Maillard (Letizia Calori and Violette Maillard) have been working as together since 2009. Their collaboration combines backgrounds in architecture (Calori) and film studies (Maillard). In 2011, they obtained a MA in visual arts at the Università Iuav di Venezia. In 2012, they moved to Frankfurt where they deepened their research at the Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste and obtained a Meisterschüle in sculpture with Tobias Rehberger. They participated in several international shows, both in experimental spaces and institutions, such as MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Fundación Botín, Santander; Mousonturm and Deutsche Filmmuseum, Frankfurt; Spreez, Munich; Österreichische Skulpturenpark, Graz; Museum of Contemporary Art, Lissone; MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice.
Residents from Italy
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.