Connecting Points

Finland-Russia Exchange

Connecting Points explores the interrelations and specific aspects of different sites and locations, while understanding the necessity to establish connections between the various 'microclimates' that are formed in different surroundings (cities, neighborhoods, scenes, spaces). A location can provide a source for action and commitment but also provide a setting from which to reach – intense and temporal – as well as profound and enduring connections. Connecting Points also aims at strengthening the collegial and curatorial activity in Finland and in Russia. The programme is currently coordinated and curated by artist-curators Miina Hujala and Arttu Merimaa who run a small display window space called Alkovi in Helsinki.

In 2017 programme consists of residencies of which most are related to our collaboration with the curatorial collective TOK / Anna Bitkina & Maria Veits. ( Playwright and journalist Mikhail Kaluzhsky was invited to work on a new play in the beginning of this year. The activity of 2017 in the programme will focus on the States of Control- exhibition and events curated by Bitkina & Veits happening mainly in HIAP Augusta gallery in Suomenlinna.

In 2016 a Moscow-based artist Irina Korina was invited to take part in the programme by doing a residency in HIAP and making an exhibition in Alkovi – an art space in the Kallio district in Helsinki that Hujala & Merimaa are running.

In the last year the programme also included a project  'In-common' / Что-то общее, that took place in a library in the suburb of Saint Petersburg. The project was a collaboration with art historian and curator Andrey Shabanov who has organized exhibitions in this local library during summer-time from 2014. Artists Crystal Bennes, Tanja Koponen and Mikko Kuorinki were invited to take part by presenting each a work in this context.



The original concept for this Finnish-Russian Exchange program (then titled Changing Places)  was developed by curator Marita Muukkonen. In 2014 curator Jenni Nurmenniemi took over the programme responsibilities and it was retitled as Connecting Points.

Finland–Russia Exchange is supported by Ministry of Education and Culture.

Ministry of Education and Culture