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Shubhangi Singh's practice as a visual artist and filmmaker responds to contemporary politics and the interconnectedness of production and reproduction of popular everyday material. She often draws upon her experiences as well as existing feminist actions to address movement, identity and queries related to the feminine and its position within society. Her works include moving image, text, lecture-performance, sketches and mixed media installations; while her interests range from (un)materiality, bodily autonomy, folktales and the vague blurring between fact and fiction. Singh is the co-founder of New City Limits, an initiative to facilitate creative viewing and practice in Navi Mumbai, India and she currently lives and practices in Helsinki.
Image credit: Kush Badhwar
Saara Hannus is a Helsinki-based artist and curator working in the intersections of sexual/romantic relationships and art making. Their practice is autobiographic, and they’re always searching for love. They work with different forms of writing: mundane, unpretentious, blunt – always looking for sincerity. Hannus’ curatorial projects include ”I want you” (2015) and ”Fantasy 1&2” (2020).
Image credit: Venla Helenius
Jaana Laakkonen works with paint and wonders what it matters and means for the art (and the world) to take seriously the inseparability of matter and meaning – and the entangledness of ontology, epistemology and ethicology. Jaana has been considering how diverse non-human(ised) agencies, excluded by dualist ways of thinking, are (and could be) present in artistic practice and exhibitions.
Image credit: Jaana Laakkonen
Jaakko Pallasvuo (b. 1333) is an artist. Pallasvuo makes videos, texts, performances and installations that explore the anxieties of being alive now, and the prospect of living in some possible future. In recent years their work has been presented at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, kim? Contemporary Art Center and EKKM, among other places.
Image credit: Jaakko Pallasvuo
she will study
ruffs (Philomachus pugnax)
a bird species
all have sex
with each other
Image credit: Camille Auer
inaway / Ramina Habibollah & Nayab Ikram
inaway is a curatorial duo formed by the artists Nayab Ikram and Ramina Habibollah. In their curatorial practice they facilitate and work in allyship with BIPOC artists, through an intersectional feminist perspective. Their work aims to challenge the norms of cultural politics in Finland to be more inclusive of BIPOC representation.
For MAA-Tila, inaway is shifting the focus from curating into creating. As artists they will facilitate each other's processes in their individual practices.
Nayab Ikram (b.1992, Mariehamn) is a photographer and visual artist of Pakistani diaspora from the Åland Islands, based in Turku. Ikram works with concepts dealing with the feeling of in-betweenship, cultural identity and the collective memory. She explores the concepts using symbols, rituals and abstract form of expressions through photography, performance and installations.
Ramina Habibollah (b.1992, Tehran) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Espoo. Her installations and performances touch upon notions of ecology, feminism and cyborg anthropology. She is interested in exploring alternative ways of co-existing with other-than-human bodies and other dimensions.
Image credit: Anna Ting Möller
Azar Saiyar (b.1979) is a Helsinki-based filmmaker and media artist whose work is often based on various kinds of archives. Her work researches and challenges the found material, by carefully watching, listening and getting lost in the found details. Working with archives is also connected to the concept of the right to cultural information. The idea that everyone can freely access information, the knowledge is in us, it cannot be owned. At the same time, archives easily deceive us. There are whole stories, individuals, groups of people and ways of life that are left out. This inadequacy - the lack of certain images and words - is also an important part of Saiyar’s narration.
Image credit: Azar Saiyar
Ahmed Al-Nawas is an art curator and artist. His praxis is informed by his location in the interstices of society, constantly examining and contesting the notions of margins and center. Al-Nawas is co-founder of The Museum of Impossible Forms and Third Space.
Image credit: Kaapo Kamu