2014 JAN–JUN

Terike Haapoja

Terike Haapoja: The Party of Others, installation view, 2011

Terike Haapoja: The Museum of the History of Cattle, installation view, 2013

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.

Haapoja’s latest exhibition, The Museum of the History of Cattle, aims to write a parallel history to the one of mankind. The exhibition focuses on culture, humanity and animality from the point of view of non-human animals. The exhibition is the first part of the collaborative project The History of Others, established in 2012 by Haapoja and Writer Laura Gustafsson. The project will be realized through exhibitions, performances, publications and seminars.

Haapoja represented Finland with her solo exhibition Falling Trees at the Nordic Pavilion in the 55th Venice Biennial 2013. The central piece of the exhibition, Community, is a multi-channel video installation recorded on infrared video that shows recently dead animals and life, which is gradually fading. Falling Trees was curated by the Gruppo 111 Collective (Mika Elo, Marko Karo and Harri Laakso).

Haapoja spent her six-month long residency period at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in January-June 2014 in New York. ISCP is a residency-based contemporary art institution that aims to support international curators and artists through their residence program, exhibitions and other related projects. The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York collaborates with the Alfred Kordelin Foundation in enabling residency periods for Finnish visual artists.