Sanna Kannisto

29.4.2022

Sanna Kannisto is considered to be one of the most original photographers in Finland today. Following the traditions of staged photography, scientific illustration and still life paintings, the photographer has travelled the world to portray its diverse flora and fauna. Kannisto is inspired by methods from both scientific research and art history, and she often …

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Katy Hertell

29.4.2022

Katy Hertell is a Helsinki-based ceramic artist and sculptor. After spending much of the 1980s attending numerous art courses and experimenting with various materials such as wood, stone, Siporex and concrete, she identified clay as her medium in the 1990s and has worked with the material ever since. Hertell gains inspiration from Eastern and Greek …

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Veera Kulju

29.4.2022

Veera Kulju is a fine artist and designer who works on textiles, ceramics and video, choosing her medium according to substance. Kulju believes art is a way of sustaining traditions while challenging the norms. She uses timeless techniques and materials such as clay and textile in an experimental and playful way. Kulju describes herself as …

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Sanna Kannisto: Observing Eye

14.4.2022

Sanna Kannisto is considered to be one of the most original photographers in Finland today. Following the traditions of staged photography, scientific illustration and still life paintings, the photographer has travelled the world to portray its diverse flora and fauna.  Kannisto is inspired by methods from both scientific research and art history, and she often …

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Interview – Alexandra Marschan-Claude

5.4.2022

Alexandra Marschan-Claude is joining the Institut finlandais team for the creation of Café Maa (“earth”), the institute’s new café that will open to the public on 26 April 2022. Finnish and of slav origin, Alexandra has been living in Paris for thirty years and revisits traditional Finnish recipes, rich from her encounters and travels. Located …

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Festival Circulation(s) 2022

22.3.2022

For the fourth consecutive year, Institut finlandais is partnering with Circulation(s), an annual European photography festival in Paris. The 12th edition of the festival is taking place from 2 April to 29 May 2022 at the cultural centre CENTQUATRE-PARIS, followed by tours and off-site events in other places in France and in Europe.  The festival …

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Interview – Matias Karsikas

3.11.2021

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

21.10.2021

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

3.6.2021

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

22.4.2021

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

23.2.2021

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

10.2.2021

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

25.1.2021

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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