Polina Choni

Polina Choni is a visual artist with a background in the fashion and film industry. She was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. She received her master’s degree from Kyiv National University of Technology and Design in 2017. She works with the topics of environment, sustainability, and biodiversity. Nature is a source of inspiration and research for Polina, driving her exploration of the harmonious coexistence of humans with the environment. The main focus of her recent artworks is the ecological impact of the war in Ukraine, which reflects her commitment to raising awareness about the environmental consequences.


During the residency, I’m going to work on my new project “Contemplation of the Daily Life”, which was supported by the Kone Foundation. This includes preliminary art research, material exploration, and photo documentation of the process.

The sensory perception of material, texture, and color plays an essential role in my practice. I plan to combine my previous experience with recycled materials, printed techniques, and natural inks with 3D scans of bioplastic sculpture, sound, and smell.

I go on my expeditions not beyond the world’s borders, but deep into everyday life, observing changes that are often overlooked.

Polina Choni’s residency is realised in the context of the Ukraine Solidarity Residencies programme.

The programme has been realised in partnership with AARK, Art Centre Salmela, Connecting Points programme, Fairres, Goethe-Institut Finnland, HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, Kristinestad Art Residency, Loviisa Art Support Association, Nelimarkka Museum, Pro Artibus, Tahmelan Huvila, The Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation, The Finnish Illustration Association Kuvittajat, and Värtsilä Artist Residency.

The programme has been supported by Kone Foundation and Nordic Culture Point. The continuation of the programme in 2024 is possible due to the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture.