14 – 27 July 2016
During our stay in Finland we visited Art Ii Biennaali, Ii and Kalle Hamm & Dzamil Kammanger’s studio in Helsinki.
The trip to Ii involved meeting the current Biennale director Merja Brinon and discussing the future involvement of international artists in the Biennale. The talks and research carried out on Sami culture resulted in the current planning and development of the next Biennale (AIB 2018) programme. We are planning to involve artists from Poland and from the UK in a series of live events, proceeded by a residency. We also met current resident artists in Ii and started processes which have resulted in potential future international projects involving Finish artists.
Talks with Kalle Hamm and Dzamil Kammanger resulted in a long-term collaboration that commenced in January 2017 with a live event during the Kochi Muziris Biennale in India. Further on, we will be working on a project in London. During our studio visit, we started to discuss details related to these projects. Both projects are in line with Hamm and Kammanger’s long-term research related to plants, botanic and identities.
In order to carry out further research on the contemporary art scene in Finland, we visited art institutions in Turku and Asikkala.