The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York is proud to present MOBIUS – a fellowship program for visual arts, museum and archive professionals. MOBIUS is a three-year pilot program organized by the Finnish Institute in London and the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York. The program enables transatlantic mobility and collaborative practices and supports long-lasting professional relationships. In New York the focus is on visual arts (art, design and architecture) and in United Kingdom and Ireland on museums and archives.

Visual artist Hanna Kanto is fascinated by Lapland: its rough nature, isolation, the Sámi culture and of course, reindeer herding. After graduation she moved up North for seasonal work, where she was introduced to the local livelihood. This meant working with the reindeer herders, participating in all aspects of the trade including skinning and the separation of reindeer for slaughter.

Jarno Vesala’s Young Artist of the Year 2013 exhibition consisted of installations, human-like sculptures combined with sound and video that conveyed horror and anxiety. The yearly award aims to present young talented Finnish artists by the means of a grant and the opportunity to present a solo exhibition at the Tampere Art Museum in Finland.

Samu-Jussi Koski is the designer and executive director of Samuji, the Helsinki-based fashion design house and creative studio, which focuses on design and consulting based on the idea of sustainable design and lasting quality.

Investigation is a typical approach for visual artist Terike Haapoja, whose cross-disciplinary work often includes a collaborative aspect. In addition to her artistic work she writes and lectures about art in relation to technology, science and environmental ethics, which she also discusses in her doctoral thesis that she is writing at the University of the Arts Helsinki.

The recurring themes present in Katri Mononen’s paintings include snow and the confluence of constructed and natural environments. Snow both covers and reveals, creating new forms and making the known unfamiliar. The only human trace in Mononen’s work are landscapes molded by people. This can be seen as the human’s struggle against nature and their attempts to control or rule it.

21 artists have been selected for the artist-in-residence program for the year of 2014 at the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York. The selections were made in Finland by a board of experts representing the fields of art, design and architecture. The artist-in-residence program was established in 1990 in New York, and offers Finnish artists, designers and architects 1 to 6-month-long residencies in New York.

This fall the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York teamed up with both TAG and Parsons The New School for Design in order to organize two events focusing on the possibilities and challenges of contemporary fashion culture.

Anni Laakso is known for dealing with the methods of social control and marginalization in her artistic work. She seeks to make visible attitudes and actions that are generally believed to be natural and non-ideological.

Cartoonist and Visual artist Bo Haglund draws landscapes that portray the chaos surrounding us, and the virtual world we live in. Stylistically Haglund’s drawings and paintings bear a strong resemblance to cartoons. He pays great attention to detail, which creats a dynamic bustle in his works. The main characters on the other hand are clear cut and easily recognizable.


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