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
Francesca Grilli’s experimentation explores the realm of sound in its multiple expressive and perceptive implications. Opting to use the language of performance, she moves from private and personal elements into the spectator’s space of action, drawing them into an ambiguous and unsettling territory. Two central concerns can be traced in her research: sound processing in all its forms and the spectator’s space of action. Her poetics are articulated through video, installations and performance, focusing attention on the complexity of an intimate story. She seeks an action of maximum intensity, supported by the element of sound, which the artist considers the most effective means of communicating directly with the personal and collective unconscious.
Francesca Grilli’s work has been exhibited in the following institutions Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2015-2017; Vice Versa, Italian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2013; Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, 2012; Museum of Contemporary Art Donnaregina, Naples, 2012; Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone, 2012; Bologna Museum of Modern Art, 2010; The Serpentine Galleries, London, 2010; and Manifesta 7, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Bolzano, 2008.
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.