Anastasia Artemeva

Anastasia Artemeva is a visual and relational artist, born in Russia, raised in Ireland, and currently based in Helsinki, Finland. Artemeva graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design (Ireland) in 2012, and from Aalto University (Finland) in 2016. Artemeva is interested in the codes of social norms and accepted truths, which are influenced by socio-political, cultural and personal limitations and boundaries. Her practice combines making of the sculptural, spatial installation in art and non/art spaces, and dialogical practices, where she makes art together with people of different walks of life. She creates and investigates the existing spaces of interaction, including the environments such as home or a prison cell. Anastasia is the founder of Prison Outside – art and research project on the issues of incarceration.

During the residency I will investigate the scandalous act of touching art. My interest in interaction with our immediate environment has been currently focused on the processes of negotiation between the palpable and the visual in the time of pandemics. While the museums are closed, everyday objects have turned into artifacts as tactile interaction with the goods around us is restricted.

I will experiment with using textiles as the means to record and narrate my immediate environment. I will develop a tool kit that allows us to record our space quickly and critically using fabric and thread. I will experiment with creating art that can be washed and steamed and pressed and sterilized – and also that that cannot be, but still yearns to be touched.

Anastasia Artemeva’s residency is part of the Connecting Points programme supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture.