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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Monthly feature: Maija Tammi & Niina Vatanen


After conducting this interview, the whole world changed in just a matter of a few weeks – or even days. We entered a state of isolation, where people are closing their doors from physical contact and the comfort of the rituals of our everyday life. Our perception of the passage of time is changing – …

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Monthly feature: Laura Merz


Laura Merz is a Finnish visual artist and illustrator who lives and works both in Finland and Germany. Laura focuses mostly on children’s book illustration and wildlife themed drawings, using different experimental drawing techniques. Her children’s books A Thousand and One Animals (Etana Editions 2016) and Among Fascinating Creatures (Etana Editions 2019) have won many …

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Monthly Feature: Lauri-Matti Parppei


Two friends are sitting around a grand dining table in the hush and dark of the night, dressed up in all-black clothing like thieves or, one may say, murderers. They are whispering to each other in a house that is sleeping, and something tells the spectator that they should not be in there. This is …

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Monthly Feature: Laura Väre


In autumn 2019 Laura Väre was awarded Design Forum Finland’s Young Designer of the Year prize. Included in the award is a solo exhibition at Institut finlandais as well as participation in the IF Studios program. The solo exhibition, Carte Blanche à Laura Väre, opens at the institute in January and trails the designer’s minimalistic …

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Monthly Feature: Sunna Nousuniemi


Nils Gaup’s 1987 film Pathfinder (Ofelas) is the first full-length feature film made in the Sámi language and an undisputed classic of Sámi cinema.  Nominated for the Oscar of the best foreign film, it was a trailblazer because of its production team: the main actors, the director and the screenwriter were all Sámis, and the …

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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 …

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Sámi Objects Return to the Sámi Country – Anni Guttorm


Sámi Objects Return to the Sámi Country In 1905 the Finnish artist Gabriel Engberg travelled to Finnish Lapland, looking for inspiration for his artistic work. On his journey, he made a stop in the Inari region where he met with Sámi locals. He purchased some of their handicrafts as souvenirs. Engberg later became the curator …

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Wearing my pride – Sara Wesslin


The original text was published in Finnish on the website of Yle on the 11th November 2018. The text from this article appears in our IF publication which will be distributed freely at Institut finlandais starting from 6 September 2019. Wearing my pride The flaming red broadcloth has been intricately embroidered with multi-coloured beads. A …

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