Interview with Matias Karsikas

Matias Karsikas is a Finnish ceramic artist chosen as Young Designer of the Year 2020 by Design Forum Finland. In his works, materials such as ceramic, glass and wood come together to give life to singular and sculptural figures. The exhibition Carte Blanche à Matias Karsikas displaying his artwork is open until February 19, 2022 at Institut finlandais.

We invited Karsikas for an interview to discuss his artistic style, his inspirations as well as his workflow. 

Interview with Hanna-Maria Hammari

Hanna-Maria Hammari is a Finnish artist who graduated from Städelschule, Frankfurt in 2017. She started her artistic career in photography and video, and currently works with a variety of materials.

Hammari was invited to spend August and September in the artistic residence of Moly-Sabata in Sablons, southeastern France. Following the residency, her work is displayed at the Sillon Festival until 1 November. Later in November 2021 she will have her first private exhibition in the arts space Exo Exo in Paris from 18 Novembre till 4 December 2021.

We got the opportunity to talk to Hanna-Maria Hammari about her inspiration, work process, and experience at the artistic residency.

Axel Antas, Lost to sight, Pohnpei Starling, 2019

Between the word and the sense

by Elisa Aaltola

"The senses behind simulations and concepts are what remain."

Elisa Aaltola, PhD, is a philosopher, who has specialised in animal and environmental ethics, and moral psychology.

Discover her text written within the framework of the exhibition When our eyes touch, the first chapter of A I S T I T / coming to our senses, a year-long series of exhibitions and performances commissioned by the Finnish Institutes in the Benelux, France, Germany, and the UK and Ireland to explore the complexity and wonder of our sensory perceptions and how they shape us as human beings.

When our eyes touch – A I S T I T / coming to our senses from May 19th to August 1st, 2021 at the Institut finlandais gallery and from May 22 to August 1st at Maison Louis Carré.