Interview – Matias Karsikas


Institut finlandais is hosting the exhibition Carte blanche à Matias Karsikas until 19 February 2022. The exhibition displays the works by the young ceramist, chosen as Young Designer of the Year 2020 by Design Forum Finland.  In order to get insight on the intriguing universe of his artistic practice, we invited Karsikas for an interview. …

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Interview – Hanna-Maria Hammari


We got the opportunity to talk to Hanna-Mari Hammari about her inspiration, work process, and experience at the artistic residency at Moly-Sabata.   You started your artistic career as a photographer, how did you transition from photography to ceramics? Image-making is still very much at the core of my artistic practice, even if I have …

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Elisa Aaltola, between the word and the sense


When our eyes touch is 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 …

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Interview – Satu Herrala and Hans Rosenström


Left : Hans Rosenström. Photography by Veikko Kähkönen   Right : Satu Herrala. Photography by Johanna Salmela When our eyes touch is 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 …

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Linguistic Wealth is Cultural Health – Sampsa Peltonen


These days, every once in a while one runs into a populist claim that somehow Finland is forced to become increasingly multicultural. This claim is based on a false notion that Finland would have been, one time or another, a closed, monocultural and monolingual vacuum. In reality, Finland is a living biosphere nourished by a …

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Interview – Sasha Huber and M’barek Bouhchichi


On November 29th, 1781, somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean between the coast of West Africa and the island of Jamaica some 150 enslaved Africans are thrown alive overboard on orders of the captain of the slave-ship Zong. The ship had set sail several weeks earlier with an insured “cargo” of 470 enslaved Africans. The massacre …

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The art of encounter – Johanna Råman, Director of Institut finlandais


Institut finlandais began its activity in Paris in autumn 1990. During these past thirty years, its activities have highlighted contemporary themes of changing times with artists and professionals from fields as varied as art, science, culture and creative industries. An open and curious mind, desire to meet and connect people, creativity and international cooperation have …

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Monthly Feature: ÈLBÉ


On the occasion of the exhibition “Middle Sea” and in collaboration with Dora Dalila Cheffi, ÈLBÉ offers fashion pieces that make up a wardrobe of accessories thought out, designed and manufactured around the Mediterranean. This autumn, we had the pleasure to discuss with the two creators of this sunny brand with a holiday fragrance, Nour …

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Monthly feature: AMPI – Erol Mintaş, Fiona Musanga and Shahi Derky


© Shahi Derky, Leftovers This autumn, AMPI curates the institute’s autumn movie programme, with the focus on bringing forward the diversity of voices coming from the Finnish movie industry. We talked with filmmaker Erol Mintaş, Founder and Artistic Director of AMPI, and Fiona Musanga and Shahi Derky, who are both alumni of AMPI. Academy of …

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Monthly Feature: Dora Dalila Cheffi


The Middle Sea exhibition, which opens in September, presents works by Finnish-Tunisian artist Dora Dalila Cheffi and the fashion brand ÉLBÈ. We discussed with Cheffi about her work and the implementation of the collaborative project. Before moving to Tunis two years ago, you had spent most of your life in Finland – except for summers …

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Monthly Feature: Aapo Nikkanen


In his project Decarbonize artist Aapo Nikkanen aims to produce knowledge and art about the problems of the fashion industry. We discussed the world after the pandemic. Your work sheds light on the problems of the fashion industry and how we consume it. Do you think the pandemic is going to change our consumption habits …

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Monthly Feature: Sonya Lindfors


Helsinki-based choreographer, founding member and Artistic Director of UrbanApa, an inter-disciplinary and counter hegemonic arts community that offers a platform for new discourses and feminist art practices, Sonya Lindfors took the time to answer our questions within the frame of her Together Alone project, Soft-Variations – ONLINE. Soft Variation is a project that aims to …

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Monthly feature: Hannakaisa Pekkala


During these times of virtual communication, now symbol of a world pandemic, we had the pleasure to correspond by e-mail with Hannakaisa Pekkala, designer and CEO of UU Market, a collective of Finnish artists and designers providing a new type of online selling platform. Highlighting the importance of making the most out of these difficult …

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