Why stay home alone sobbing in a corner when you have the chance to join delightful discussions in witty company? This time SKY AW is honored to host Leena-Maija Rossi, researcher and former director of Finnish culture institute in NY, over a cuppa. The more the merrier – you are welcome.

This Thursday, 15th of December 2016 at cafe Kappeli (Esplanadi) at 6PM.


Tervetuloa vuoden viimeiseen kuraattoriyhdistyksen after work-tapaamiseen. Tällä kertaa meitä ilahduttaa Leena-Maija Rossi, joka toimii tutkijana ja johti aikaisemmin Suomen New Yorkin kulttuuri-instituuttia. Olet tervetullut kahvila Kappeliin torstaina 15.12.2016 klo 18.


What would a curator be without artists? Nuthin. We’re happy to tell you that SKY is now collaborating with Union of Finnish Art Associations (SKjL).

We invite SKY members to leave an exhibition proposal for SKjL’s yearly exhibition. Exhibition will take place in 14.10.2017-18.2.2017 at Riihimäki Art Museum. There is an option for extra space, Galleria Tärinä, in 4-26.11.2017.

Details concerning the application process are listed on the document below and you can contact SKjL’s boss Harri Hirvonen at for more info. Best of luck!

Guidelines for applicants

Ohjeet kuraattorihakuun


Always dreamed about becoming an active member in SKY? Curious about creating an exhibition together with other curators? Reflecting on the meaning and existence as a curator? If you find these questions appealing, please mark your calendar 21.10.2016. SKY board is having a meeting with Lapinlahti crew to discuss about an exhibition for autumn 2017. Details have not been agreed upon yet, so here’s your chance to make your voice heard. 4 PM at Lapinlahti, on Friday 21st.

Please let us know if you’re coming at kuraattorit(a) by Thursday 20th.


SKY käärii hihat ja suunnittelee näyttelyä Lapinlahteen syksylle 2017. Tule mukaan suunnittelukokoukseen ja tapaamaan Lapinlahden gallerian vetäjiä, mikäli näyttelyn järjestäminen kiinnostelee. Tapaamme perjantaina 21.1 lokakuuta klo 16 Lapinlahden sairaalan kahvilassa. Kaikki asiasta kiinnostuneet jäsenet ovat lämpimästi tervetulleita.

Ilmoita osallistumisestasi 20.10 mennessä osoitteseen kuraattorit(a)

Guggenheim has surely succeeded in one respect – like phoenix the discussion rises from the ashes. After Timo Soini rapping against it (, the discussion is again on the table. The art scene in Finland has reassured its positions. It seems as if there is one very influential part lobbying for the project, whereas most of the comments in social media are kindly welcoming the big G – as long as it is not made with public money. Tricky tricky. Reading today’s article at HS ( I was still leaning for the no-public-money-side until I read the lines ”Helsingin kuluja hankkeessa voi verrata vaikka siihen, että kaupunki voi panna rahaa yli sata miljoonaa euroa Herttoniemen liikenneympyrän purkamiseen.” Now we’re talking politics! In arts, 100 million is a whole lotta money, but it seems like in other projects it is negotiable. Well, the Herttoniemi roundabout renewal will be done with less money due to the economic situation, but 130 million as starting point for ”remont” for a roundabout does seem like an exaggeration (coming from the fingertops of a bicyclist, though…)  Here, we make decisions about values. Should we invest the money on something that stimulates the mind and spirit, or car-driving?

The big G would also bring in well-needed jobs for the city. Does not sound too bad now, does it? Well, I guess up until this point we are rather unanimous (except rap-Timo). Guggenheim seems like a good investment. But. We do have something more to discuss. Whereas the other side claims the city to instead invest the money to create either a completely new museum or to develop HAM, the other side considers Guggenheim to be the solution. Guggenheim is supposed to bring tourist queues and a never-ending money flow to the city with it’s brand. But aren’t we forgetting something here? Guggenheim exists in 10 places already – it is not unique! We are living times, when stuff that is unique and individual is what people want. Even LVMH strongly differentiates its brands as it has discovered people are not interested in supporting superconglomerates.

So, if we count the pro’s and con’s

+ museum brings jobs and cash flows

+ society reflecting values beyond driving

– Guggenheim’s brand emcumberance

= Maybe we should create a new kind of museum?

Maija Kasvinen


Art Helsinki is an art fair – or as their FB page says: International Event for Contemporary Art. It is an openly commercial art event and today it has a more professional touch than ever before. In my mind a proper commercial art fair is really what the Helsinki art scene needs. After relying heavily on the state subsidies and stipendia, the commercial side of the art field has been heavily neglected. We have too many artists who are not able to make a living out of their profession. The art field needs people who are willing to connect the artists with the potential buyers. An ta-da – here we have it.


Morning cava was well appreciated.

The attending galleries vary in style and quality but the overall feel of the event is professional. This year it has brushed up its profile and covers also an extensive program. I was delighted to see that art institutions have been working together – Frame helping out with the communications, Suomen taiteilijaseura (Artists’ association of Finland) are taking part in the program and in charge of some of the discussions.

Here is my picks for the event.


Juan Kasari was represented by 00130 Gallery. 


Sebastian Jansson was Paola Suhonen’s pick on the Signature exhibition. In Signature Finnish top names in design were invited to pick pieces that resonated with them. 


Designer Maija Uski resonated with Kasper Muttonen’s Utopia, Water.



Helsinki Contemporary introduced an application Artap. With this app you are able to digitally see how a piece of art would look on your wall. 


The event is on until Sunday and it costs 18 euros to get in. Art Helsinki runs simultaneously with Habitare, a leading event for furniture and interior design. Messuhalli is located 3 minutes walk from Pasila. See more about Art Helsinki at

Maija Kasvinen


WASD is a combination of letters recognized by people who have spent time playing video games. This combination signifies commands for directions on keyboard W- to forward; A to left; S to back and D to right. In July 2016, when nightly streets in Helsinki are crowded with people catching Pokémons, virtual realities are constructed also in the realm of art.

Reija Meriläinen, Santeri Räisänen and Eetu Sihvonen complete each others skills – Meriläinen comes from the field of arts, Räisänen from mathematics and Sihvonen from graphic design. Friends from before, they had talked casually about doing a project together and as the opportunity at OK11 came across, they decided to work together to set up an exhibition. When the exhibition period in the beginning of July started, the doors to the gallery were closed and the artists locked themselves in with a vague vision of a concept. When the two week-period was over, the gallery was opened again – and constructed in virtual reality.

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The visit to virtual reality in WASD is individual and depends on the choices the visitor makes in her journey in virtual reality. My trip to the world beyond did not last too long as my curiosity brought me to the edge of a black hole. While my existential questions remained unanswered, WASD offered not only a nostalgic trip to youth and the world of Lara Croft, but also made me ponder on the future possibilities of technology.

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Speak. WASD, 2016.

Returning back to the actual gallery, I was lucky to catch the artist Reija Meriläinen for a discussion. (Hilariously enough, Pokémon Go is how the artist Reija Meriläinen entertained herself when I entered the exhibition.) We talked about early internet games and MTV; references that are visible also her previous works. Interest in media has followed Meriläinen throughout years and the next exhibition on show in Titanik-galleria stems from Youtube. Looking further into the future, Meriläinen is moving from brutal bodily approach to researching social structures or as she expresses it: to ”sosiaalisten suhteiden rakenteelliseen väkivaltaan”. Interest in media is present even here and the work will ground on the now cult-declared tv-series Survivors.

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Artist Reija Meriläinen in the sensuous, curvy armchair which is a vital part of the exhibition.

While we are discussing in the gallery, older guy passes by to take a look on the exhibition. After spending a good while at the cellar, he takes the stairs up and when he exits, he turns to say ”it is exciting to see the world you just experienced in real life but now like this, on screen”. We’ll see if the arrangement takes an upside-down turn in the near future.

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Meta meta. Pokémon Go vs WASD.

Maija Kasvinen

An old industrial city in Western Finland comes alive in mid-July, when the rest of Finland is on vacation. Herds of politicians and other top dogs wander from discussions to cocktail-lounges under the eyes of a common man. The societal talk turns into a mature festival, Pori Jazz, by the end of the week. The combination of serious discussion and ”jazz” is a goldmine for the local businesses and cultural life.

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Curators (from left) Venäläinen, Jensen and Suvanto.

Curators Anna Jensen, Anni Venäläinen and Eliisa Suvanto wanted to take part in the action and create an exhibition which would be something else than the ordinary summer exhibition. In summer 2013 Porin kulttuurisäätö, as they named the project, was launched with the budget of 500 euros. Exhibition was based on discussion and research about sponsors and arts funding. Next year, 2014, it was time for the first Pori Biennale. Pori Biennale was, as the name suggests, a grandieuse project which took place around the city. Media coverage was extensive and the biennale came across as a rather massive art event. And what could potentially be bigger than art biennale? World Expo. Summer 2015 Porin kulttuurisäätö aimed high with the world expo theme.

This year it is time for the second Pori Biennale and Saatanan kesänäyttely (”another bloody summer exhibition”). Again, the project is exploring the structures and phenomena of the art world. Curators explain the name as a comment against the typical summer exhibitions, sometimes considered to lack credibility and vision. Saatanan kesänäyttely comes from strongly conceptual perspective but translates into contemporary visual language. Exhibition is located in an old generator room in Puuvillatehdas (old cotton factory) and the run-down hall is a welcome variation for the white cube. Two themes stand out in the exhibition: the relation between the art world and the society as well as narrations of nature. Anna-Sofia Sysser’s work Tropical Pori? deals with how ideas are constructed and transformed. Pori has little in common with what we mean with tropical but how come we can find bits and pieces of this holistic concept in Pori? Maybe the seemingly foreign ”tropical” can be constructed in Pori? The grey city is transformed to a holiday paradise, where one can eat (conserved) papaya under (plastic) palm trees. An efficient mini-holiday for the busy people!

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Trooppinen Pori? by Anna-Sofia Sysser

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Erno-Erik Raitanen: Kuoleman puutarha

In the hands of Anna Breu art refuses to be subjected under the goals of wellbeing and points towards the controversial goals art sometimes carries. Conflict between white-trash-tribal-tattoo and traditional torso penetrated with arrows is obvious. Contradictions are visible also in Erno-Erik Raitanen’s work. Plants growing from the artists’ waste is reconstructing art history classics such as Simberg and Manzoni, bringing the ever-relevant discussion about the artist-as-hero on the table. The relation to and narratives of nature is displayed in the works of Henrik Heinonen as well as Suvi Härkönen. Suomi Kuvaa-collective contributes to the exhibition with a video work in which a motoboy rides his bike on a motorway. The visitor will never know where the rider is heading – it seems that he does not know either. Riding a motorbike to sunset seems like a tempting alternative.

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Anna Breu

Saatanan kesänäyttely until 17th of July in Generaattorihuone, Puuvilla, Pori.

Maija Kasvinen