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
Ragnhild May explores the field between visual arts and music. She works with performance, installation and sculpture. She is primarily focused on performance work and overall installation structures. Her pieces synthesize complex combinations of media and materials. A basic field of investigation for May is sound, which is conceived of and conceptualized in a deep historical perspective, including figures such as Leonardo da Vinci and Athanasius Kircher. In her work, May addresses what may immediately appear to be an idiosyncratic poetic sphere, which by closer examination turns out to be the product of careful and stringent reflection. Indeed, one may be tempted to characterize her work in general as conceptualism camouflaged as uncompromising primitivism.
Ragnhild May (born 1988, Odense, Denmark) studied studio art at The Jutland Art Academy, Denmark and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. May has exhibited and performed at various venues around Europe, including The National Gallery of Denmark, Museum of Contemporary Arts in Roskilde and Vienna Künstlerhaus. In 2014, she co-curated REVISIT at Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art.
Residents from Denmark
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.