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 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.
Ilona Rista’s PINE FOREST WALL is a typical example of her relief design in music hall acoustics. This particular piece is a part of a series that portrays an urban forest, where a modern Finnish scientific and technical worldview and urbanized culture reflect upon their changing relationship with the forest. The material and the theme speak of a traditional way of life whereas the execution refers to adapting to the technological development of today.
Social living, wellbeing and sustainability form the basis for the new home office concept by designer and interior architect Terhi Tuominen and designer and art director Jitan V Patel. Tuominen and Patel seek effective use of space in small households without having to compromise the standard of living. The duo focuses on creating and dividing space in proliferating home offices and in a culture where work is more mobile than ever and can be done anytime anywhere.
Fashion Interactions is a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores fashion culture by means of contemporary art, design and media. The exhibited works comment on the unsustainability of the fashion industry, analyze the relationship of fashion and corporeality, and investigate how people use clothes as tools for building their identities.
Fashion Curating Now is a daylong symposium focusing on the possibilities and challenges of contemporary fashion curating on a global scale. Critical points of view are stressed, as is contemplation of fashion’s kinship with art, design, industry, performance, and self-presentation.
The invited professionals reflect on the theme through individual presentations and in discussions with peers and the audience. Speakers: Judith Clark, Kaat Debo, Shelley Fox, Nathalie Khan, Alexandra Palmer and Annamari Vänskä.
The survey Art Across Borders charts the visual arts work of the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes during 2000-2012, and the impact of this work. The information was collected with a questionnaire from the institutes and the artists who had participated in the visual arts projects.
Visual artist Anne Siirtola combines installation, moving image and sound in her work in order to explore interaction and encounters between people. The foundation of her work lies in the communal. Traces of change and dissolution, that can be identified in both the human mind and in the physical material, are visible in Siirtola’s work. Her materials are often also reused, second-hand or something that has been thrown away. Siirtola documents her own life and the life of others by asking what is worthy and important in life.