17 May 2019


Juha Huuskonen

HIAP Supporting Curators 2019-2020

We are happy to announce the HIAP Supporting Curators for year 2019 and spring 2020! It has been a pleasure to work with Laura Toots & Marten Esko during this spring, and we look forward to having Saara Karhunen, Marina Noronha and Maaretta Jaukkuri as supporting curators in the coming months! The curators meet up with the HIAP residents on a regular basis to have a dialogue with them about their work.

In addition we are happy to continue to work with our Associate Curators Jenni Nurmenniemi (Post-Fossil Transition project with Mustarinda), Miina Hujala & Arttu Merimaa (Connecting Points) and Martin Born (Helsinki Design Residency) as well as our collaboration with Perpetuum Mobile (AR-Safe Haven Helsinki).

Spring 2019

Laura Toots is a curator and educator based in Tallinn. Toots studied photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts (MA 2011) and at the Aalto University School of Art and Design, Finland and Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway. Since 2008, she has taught at the Estonian Academy of Arts, working on numerous exhibition projects with students from various disciplines. Currently Toots works as the artistic director of the Tallinn Photomonth contemporary art biennial and as a curator at the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM) in Tallinn.

Marten Esko is a curator, writer and art-worker based in Tallinn. His practise in general has focused on different formats or platforms of exhibiting and exhibition-making, with both material and conceptual approaches towards the production of knowledge and awareness. Marten is one of the managers as well as board members of Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM). He is also a board member of the Tallinn Print Triennial Foundation and the publishing collective Uus Materjal (New Material).

Summer 2019

Saara Karhunen is a Helsinki based art historian working versatilely in the art field. From 2013 to 2017 she worked as a coordinator at Checkpoint Helsinki, now Publics, developing the organisation and delivering a wide range of commissioned projects and events. She has also worked at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Galerie Anhava, HIAP, Kiasma and as a freelance producer. She is a contributor to Mustekala, an online magazine publishing art criticisim and essays on contemporary culture, and is currently Mustekala’s chair of board. Saara holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Helsinki.

Autumn 2019

Marina Valle Noronha (Brazil/ Finland) is an independent curator and doctoral candidate at Aalto University, Finland where she researches curatorial theory. Marina has worked as a curator at HIAP (Finland), El Museo del Barrio (USA), and Fundação Municipal de Cultura (Brazil) among others, and has developed curatorial projects at institutions such as Delfina Foundation (UK), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Italy), Hessel Museum of Art (USA), and Moderna Museet (Sweden). She holds a MA in Curatorial Studies from CCS Bard (USA), a B.Sc. (Honours) in Architecture from UFMG (Brazil), and attended CuratorLab postgraduate course at Konstfack, (Sweden). Marina was a Brooks Fellow at Tate Liverpool (UK) in 2016.

Spring 2020

Maaretta Jaukkuri was the first Head of exhibitions at The Nordic Arts Centre, Suomenlinna when Gallery Augusta was established in 1983. During her extensive career she has worked as the chief curator of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, artistic director of Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, professor of the Art and Common Space program for art and architecture students at the Faculty for Art and Architecture/University of Trondheim (NTNU) and a professor of the new Praxis program at the Helsinki University of the Arts/Fine Arts Academy of Finland, amongst others. She has had several commissions of trust in Finland and other countries, for instance as a board member of Manifesta, the European biennale, 2001-07, member of the jury of Carnegie Art Award 2002-07, member of the expert committee for the future museum of Contemporary Art in Riga, Latvia 2005-2018. Jaukkuri has also written articles and books on contemporary artists and art as well as organized international seminars in Finland and Norway. At present Jaukkuri is curating the Picture park on the theme of seasons  in the area around the Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish cultural center in Espoo and is also engaged in the International Vasarely public art competition in Budapest, Hungary.

The Supporting Curators for summer + autumn 2020 to be confirmed.