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
Ghost of a Dream
Ghost of a Dream is the collaborative efforts of Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was. Thier work embodies the essence of opulence while being constructed with materials that typically end up in the trash. They mine popular culture searching for discarded materials that people use trying to reach their goals. Whether it is a Hollywood film that transports the viewer into a dream reality, or a lottery ticket that gives the possibility of a future full of rich decadence; they use these remnants to both recreate people’s dreams, and portray the dreamer.
Ghost of a Dream has been featured in The Guardian, London; The Independent, London;Time Out, New York; ArtForum; and Vice Art Talk among other publications. Ghost of a Dream has had various residencies in Germany, Switzerland, United States, China, and France. The collaborative has received the support of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Joan Mitchell Foundation and Jerome Foundation and received the first annual Young Masters Art Prize in London, 2009. They recently co-founded an annual one-month residency in Italy titled ArtGarda. Their work is exhibited regularly in Europe, China and the United States.
Residents from United States
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.