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17 Artists, Designers, Architects Selected for 2019 Residencies

The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York is excited to announce the selection of artists, architects and designers for 2019 residency programs! 

The Institute’s own independent residency program has been supporting Finnish artists, architects and designers in New York since early 90’s. The program is open for members of the professional associations for Finnish architects (SAFA), designers (Ornamo) and artists (STS) and the selection for the residency program is done by the Institute’s Board of Directors. 

For the following year architects Olli HakanenTuula JekerSanni Sipilä and Taru Niskanen; designers Linda Bergroth, Pirjo KääriäinenAnna Pitkäjärvi & Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä and Daniel Palillo; visual artists Hanna Haaslahti, Tuomas A. Laitinen, Sauli Sirviö and Camilla Vuorenmaa have been invited to do a 1-3 month residency in New York.

 Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen,  Dossier of Osmosis , mixed media installation with ultrasonic speakers, exhibition view at the 21st Biennale of Sydney, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Helsinki Contemporary, 

Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen, Dossier of Osmosis, mixed media installation with ultrasonic speakers, exhibition view at the 21st Biennale of Sydney, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Helsinki Contemporary, 

  Sointu Mirror by Anna Pitkäjärvi's and Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä's  Studio Finna. Photo: Ananya Tanttu

Sointu Mirror by Anna Pitkäjärvi's and Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä's Studio Finna. Photo: Ananya Tanttu

The Institute is specifically interested in supporting project proposals that address current issues and connect to the city of New York. Designer, professor and founder of Chemarts, Pirjo Kääriäinen’s research focuses on biomaterials in the context of sustainability, whereas media artist Hanna Haaslahti works with 3D modeling technologies and for her new work she will research the history of Swing Dancing in Harlem. Equally important to the Institute is the promotion of applicants who return to New York City to further collaborations and contacts. Following up after a previous residency in 2015, architect Olli Hakanen is collaborating with New York landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson to develop a tram train system while designer Linda Bergroth is returning to the city after her celebrated design of the Zero Waste Bistro at WantedDesign Manhattan in May 2018. 

 Designer Linda Bergroth's Green Shed. Photo: Arsi Ikäheimonen

Designer Linda Bergroth's Green Shed. Photo: Arsi Ikäheimonen

 Architect Tuula Jeker creates site-specific performances with aerial artist Ilona Jäntti.

Architect Tuula Jeker creates site-specific performances with aerial artist Ilona Jäntti.

In addition to the Institute's own residency program, FCINY also collaborates with the International Studio and Curatorial Program and Triangle Arts. Supported by the Alfred Kordelin Foundation, FCINY and ISCP will host two six month artist residencies in 2019. The ISCP jury has selected artists Erkka Nissinen and Felicia Honkasalo, Akuliina Niemi & Sinna Virtanen for these residencies. Another half-a-year residency, for an alumnae of the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki supported by Saastamoinen Foundation, will bring artist Jonna Kina to ISCP in Spring 2019.

Erkka Nissinen in collaboration with Nathaniel Mellors represented Finland at the Venice Biennale in 2017. Their collaborative installation, The Aalto Natives was shown also at New York's New Museum earlier this year. Felicia Honkasal, Akuliina Niemi and Sinna Virtanen with their artist collective honkasalo-niemi-virtanen focus on cross-disciplinary and research based work in the fields of music, theatre, sculpture and time-based arts. They were recently awarded the annual prize of the Finnish Critics' Association. Award winning artist Jonna Kina works with a variety of media, including film, photograph, sculpture and sound.

  Iron (Prosthetics)  is from a series of photographs that investigate new biomedical technologies and their effect on our understanding of the human body. Honkasalo-Niemi-Virtanen,  Iron , Out-take from the photographic series  Prosthetics , 2018.

Iron (Prosthetics) is from a series of photographs that investigate new biomedical technologies and their effect on our understanding of the human body. Honkasalo-Niemi-Virtanen, Iron, Out-take from the photographic series Prosthetics, 2018.

Further to these residencies The Finnish Cultural Foundation is opening another opportunity for artists for two three-month residencies at Triangle Arts in Dumbo. The call for applications will open in August.

 

Stipendiates for 2019:

FCINY's independent residency program

Linda Bergroth, designer (January-February 2019)

Olli Hakanen, architect (January-March 2019) 

Hanna Haaslahti, artist (March-April 2019) 

Taru Niskanen, architect (April, October 2019) 

Daniel Palillo, designer, artist (May-June 2019) 

Camilla Vuorenmaa, artist (May-June 2019)

Tuula Jeker, architect (July 2019)

Sanni Sipilä, architect (July-August 2019) 

Sauli Sirviö, artist (August-September 2019)

Tuomas A. Laitinen, artist (September-October 2019)

Pirjo Kääriäinen (November-December 2019)

Anna Pitkäjärvi & Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä, designers (November-December 2019)

 

International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP)

Erkka Nissinen (January-June 2019)

Jonna Kina, artist (January-June 2019)

Felicia Honkasalo, Akuliina Niemi, Sinna Virtanen (July-December 2019)

Read more about the The Finnish Cultural Institute and ISCP's collaboration, made possible by the Alfred Kordelin Foundation here. The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) supports the creative development of artists and curators, and promotes exchange through residencies and public programs. Housed in a former factory in Brooklyn, with 35 work studios and two galleries, ISCP is New York’s most comprehensive international visual arts residency program, founded in 1994. Over 1,350 artists and curators from more than 80 countries, including the United States have undertaken residencies at ISCP.

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