Monthly feature: Katja Gauriloff
Gauriloff studied cinema in Tampere and lived in Helsinki for many years and now lives in Lapland, dividing her time between Rovaniemi and Utsjoki. Skolt Sámi from her mother’s side, Gauriloff does not speak Skolt, nor did she grow up in Sápmi, the Sámi country – yet her Sámi identity is strong and many of her works deal with her ancestry and the history of the Sámi community.
IF Concerts - Carte blanche à Aleksi Barrière
On the occasion of his 30th birthday, Finnish-French stage director Aleksi Barrière presents different aspects of his works through three small pieces; three possibilities to discover his way of creating dialogue between texts and music, body and voice. The performances are accompanied by his most trusted collaborators from La Chambre aux échos, a musical theatre company founded and co-directed by Barrière with conductor Clément Mao-Takacs.
A I S T I T - coming to our senses
A I S T I T – coming to our senses is a new collaborative and multidisciplinary project organised and commissioned by four Finnish Cultural Institutes (The Finnish Institute in Germany, London, Benelux and France). Curated by Hans Rosenström and Satu Herrala, the project explores the notion of senses and its physiological, social, political and technological conditions in today’s Europe. The project will be presented in Berlin, London, Paris, Brussels and Helsinki in 2021. The S E N S E S project is generously supported by The Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Duddjot, the autumn 2019 exhibition is on view from September 6 onwards, presenting the culture, arts and crafts of the Sami people from the North. The gallery exhibition focuses on traditional duodji. Scarves, knives, jewellery, mittens and handbags – all items meant for everyday use. Next to more traditional duodji items, Outi Pieski’s installation Ruossalas Bálgát (2014, “Crossing Paths” in English) can be found in the main hall of the Institute.
We are happy to introduce our new visual identity and our new website!
We are excited to introduce our new visual identity and website! Designed by Piëtke Visser, our new logo, the custom-made typeface and fresh palette all take inspiration from the Institut’s architecture, colours and structure. The custom typeface is designed by Piëtke together with Juho Hiilivirta and Niklas Ekholm from Helsinki Type Studio. The idea for the typeface came from the connective role of the Institut finlandais and is firmly rooted in the notion of cultural exchange: the letters all reach out to each other.
It has been a privileged position, being able to design materials that represent Finnish culture in some way. I think it has been good to be an outsider, I take things at face value, separate from personal history. In fact, it is vastly different from the visual and cultural references that I know well, but discovering the world of Finnish art and design has been very rewarding.
Monthly feature: Katja Gauriloff
Katja Gauriloff answers my phone call in Rovaniemi, where she’s preparing to depart for the Sodankylä film festival, the seminal film event of the Finnish summer. Gauriloff, who studied cinema in Tampere and lived in Helsinki for many years, now lives in Lapland, dividing her time between Rovaniemi and Utsjoki. Skolt Sámi from her mother’s side, Gauriloff does not speak Skolt, nor did she grow up in Sápmi, the Sámi country - yet her Sámi identity is strong and many of her works deal with her ancestry and the history of the Sámi community.Read more →