In the third millennium, contemporary Finnish art is increasingly connected with the global art world. The artists work and travel transnationally, and participate in international exhibitions and timely discourses of the art world. The aim of the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York is to facilitate and enhance the networking and cultural exchange between Finnish artists and North American field of art. One of the three residencies run by the Cultural Institute, in collaboration with the Alfred Kordelin Foundation and the International Studio and Curatorial Program, is designated solely for visual artists. The Institute also organizes group exhibitions presenting Finnish contemporary art for North American audiences, and aims to further the exchange of critical ideas between artists and academics through lectures, seminars and publications. The latest art exhibition organized by the Institute, titled Bodies, Borders, Crossings, presents Finnish photography and video art. The exhibition focuses on the shifting bodily and geographical borders; border control and border-crossings of contemporary life. The exhibition is co-produced with the Finnish-Norwegian Institute. It was first presented on Governors Island in New York in the summer 2011, and it will also tour in Norway and Finland.
Image: Elena Näsänen: Wasteland (2009), still from a video.