Distancing and hygiene guidelines:

Closely following the French government’s regulations and best practices, the Finnish Institute takes all the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of all the visitors and staff members.

– Both staff members and visitors over the age of 11 will be required to wear a mask at Institut finlandais. Visitors must bring their own masks.
– In the exhibition space, please remember to respect the 1-meter social distancing rule.
– Our premises are regularly cleaned, and there are multiple hand sanitiser points in the institute. Remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water.
– In the gallery space, we can allow 5 people at a time.

Please stay home and postpone your visit if you have even any mild symptoms of COVID-19.
Let’s take care of each other!

Photo: Aurélien Mole

Middle Sea


Institut finlandais presents Middle Sea, a group exhibition with the works by Finnish-Tunisian multimedia artist Dora Dalila Cheffi and ÈLBÉ, a Mediterranean fashion accessories brand founded by French-Tunisian designers Clémentine Lecointre and Nour Ben Cheikh.

Life on the Mediterranean has always been a tale of trade and travel; high summer here tends to remind us of our connection to each other, and if we are lucky, we grow into our roles in the community. We find the places where we’re accidentally linked with others and welcome the moments where we can momentarily intertwine. In time, we learn that our contribution can be slow and mindful: each chapter tells a story about how we are embracing a more sustainable way of life.

Dora Dalila Cheffi is a Finnish-Tunisian artist whose paintings are inspired by modest experiences and everyday happenings of her life in Tunisia. She chooses subjects for their honesty and relevance as placemarkers in her journey, and her aesthetic is a reminder of childlike attitudes towards accuracy, space, and color. Dora graduated with a BA from Aalto University of Art, Design and Architecture in 2018.

ÈLBÉ is a franco-tunisian brand that offers a wardrobe of accessories, designed and handmade in Mediterranean countries, using mainly up-cycled materials. It combines multi cultural inspirations, simple forms, and artisanal know-how. ÈLBÉ means “my heart” in Arabic and stands for the founder’s initials; their logo is an L and B gathered to form a heart.

Middle Sea at Institut finlandais from September 3 through November 21, 2020.
Opening day on Thursday, September 3 from 12:30 to 21:00.