Art Ii Biennial will focus on Finnish and local art productions

The event will move partially online this year
Process photo of ”Invisible insects” by Pia Hentunen

Eight projects have been selected to Art Ii Biennial 2020 through the open call. Also the newest public art work commissioned by the municipality of Ii, the three-piece mosaic sculpture Peculiar Flowers by artist Paula Suominen and a communal project Earth Stories by the students of the local art school will be seen as part of the Biennial.

’’We had to move to plan B in planning of the Biennial already in March. Because we are unable to bring foreign artist to Finland due to the current situation, only Finnish and Finland-based artists were selected to the Biennial this year. Public events were also cut and moved online’,’ Executive Manager Jetta Huttunen explains. Art Ii Biennial looked for ways to produce a quality event in the exceptional situation. This will be done for example by documenting the processes online.

The COVID-19 situation has transformed the event into a more environmentally friendly form. The curators of the Biennial Maria Huhmarniemi and Ekaterina Sharova note in their statement, that the theme Knowledge of the Earth has new meanings in the context of the coronavirus where existing human knowledge has not been enough to prevent the fatal consequences. We’re forced to humble and shift toward the earth and not toward the global or the national.

The opening of the Art Ii Biennial is held online on Thursday 11th of June at 6PM. If the situation allows people are also welcome to visit the newly built Lähde! –park in Ii (Suvantolantie 5, 91100 Ii). The artworks produced in the Biennial will be open for the public from 10th of June until the end of September. All projects will also documented and shared online.

The selected works represent media art, environmental art and installations offering a variety of interpretations of the theme Knowledge of the Earth. In the artworks non-human nature is seen as an active actor – co-researcher and co-collaborator. The pieces discuss the natural cycle and the dialogic relationship between nature and humans. The selected works encourage dialogue with nature and foster our connectedness with it, leading us towards re-defining of values and more rational consumption.

The artworks part of Art Ii Biennial 2020 are:

Alan Bulfin & Pii Anttila: Fidelity of Home (installation)
Anne Yoncha & workgroup: Re:Peat III (installation)
Johanna Ruotsalainen & Simi Susanna Ruotsalainen: I am a Living Being (video installation)
Karoliina Niemelä & Pirjo Lempeä: The Beginning (sculpture)
Marja Haapakangas & Maria Laitila: Seusuo (video)
Miia Kettunen: Landshapes (environmental art) – in collaboration with the students of the Valtari School
Pia Hentunen: Invisible Insects (installation)
Tiina Vehkaperä: Mass Storage (environmental art)


Paula Suominen: Peculiar Flowers (mosaic sculpture)
Ii Art School: Earth Stories (installation and video)

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