Connecting Points

Finland-Russia Exchange

Connecting Points is a program that aims at strengthening the collegial and curatorial activity in artistic and cultural realm in Finland and in Russia. The program explores the interrelations and specific aspects of different sites and locations as well as understandings between them that are constantly being built. 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. The program is currently coordinated and curated by artist-curators Miina Hujala and Arttu Merimaa who run a display window space called Alkovi in Helsinki.

In 2017 program consisted of residencies that were for the most part related to our collaboration with the curatorial collective TOK / Anna Bitkina & Maria Veits. More about their practice: Playwright and journalist Mikhail Kaluzhsky was invited to work on a new play in the beginning of the year and artists Lado Darakhdvelize as well as Alevtina Kakhidze were residents during August 2017. The activity of 2017 in the program focused on the States of Control- exhibition that took place in HIAP Augusta gallery and events curated by Bitkina & Veits. The new productions of Kaluzhsky's play 'Like, It Fake it' and Darahvelize's exhibition 'Cooking the New Planet" were done in collaboration with Kiasma Theatre's URB 17- festival. More about the exhibition can be found here: 

2017 we collaborated with the Finnish Embassy in Moscow and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in providing a residency studio for a participant curator Natalia Fuchs in the Annual Internship Programme for Young Russian Curators is organised by the members of the EUNIC.

The program also organized a research trip to the 4th Ural Industrial Biennial in Yekateringburg, Russia for curators and art professionals based in Finland. More about the excursion can be read form a posting in HIAP’s blog:

In 2016 program included inviting a Moscow-based artist Irina Korina to take part in the programme by doing a residency in HIAP and making an exhibition in Alkovi as well as a project called '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