Art Ii Biennial addresses current themes, participates in the public discussion through the methods of art and boldly combines the rich cultural heritage of Ii with contemporary art.
The Biennial has hosted dozens of international artists since 2008 in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. The site-specific artworks are mostly placed around the village centre of Ii and the environmental art park on the bank of the river Iijoki. Temporal, local and cultural conditions affect the creative process tremendously. Ii has traditionally been a centre of agriculture and fishing, and now it is known for its ambitious climate actions.
A pivotal part of the event is to facilitate interactions between the local community and international art professionals. The main focus of the event is ecological, economical, social and cultural sustainability.
With a focus on local history and participatory processes, the 2020 biennial addressed current themes such as climate change, ecology, zero waste and carbon neutral production.