23 Feb 2022


Juha Huuskonen

Supporting Curators 2022

We are happy to introduce the Supporting Curators of the year 2022! The curators meet up with the HIAP Suomenlinna & Cable Factory residents throughout their residency to have a dialogue about their work process.

Spring season (Feb-May): Milja Liimatainen
Summer season (June-August): Ramiro Camelo
Autumn season (September-November): Paul O’Neill & Eliisa Suvanto

Milja Liimatainen is a curator currently working at EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art. Prior to this she has worked as a curator for collections at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and as an assisting curator at HAM (Helsinki Art Museum). She has also produced touring exhibitions in Ateneum Art Museum and worked as a gallery coordinator at Galerie Anhava. Her curatorial experience is predominantly museum bound, with knowledge of the means of exhibition production in institutional museum environment. Milja’s understanding of the curatorial practice(s) lies on the principles of fellowship, dialogue and facilitation. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Art History from the University of Helsinki.

Ramiro Camelo is a curator at Myymälä2, Helsinki. He obtained a Master’s degree in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London. A selection of his previous curatorial projects: “Quantum Critic”, (Co-curator) Masters School, St. Petersburg & Myymälä2, Helsinki (2020); “Of modest Conditions, part 2” Myymälä2, Helsinki (2020); “Sugarry Wonderry”, Kallio Stage, Helsinki (2018); “Travesía”, Sala Alterna, Uniandinos, Bogota (2016); “Off Axis Colombia”, Justmad 6, COAM. Madrid (2015); “Paradise Stacion”, Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Pristina (2008); “Of this tale, I cannot guarantee a single word” (Co-curator) Royal College of Art Gallery, London (2008) and “Somatofilia Express”, Galeria Santafe, Bogota (1999).

Dr. Paul O’Neill is an Irish curator, artist, writer and educator. He is the Artistic Director of PUBLICS, a position he took up in September 2017. PUBLICS is a curatorial agency and event space with a dedicated library, and reading room in Helsinki. Between 2013-17, he was Director of the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS), Bard College, New York. He is author of the critically acclaimed book The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s), (Cambridge, MASS., The MIT Press, 2012), which has been translated into many languages. His most recent coedited book is Curating After the Global: Roadmaps to the Present published with MIT Press, 2019. Paul is widely regarded as one of the foremost research-oriented curators, and leading scholar of curatorial practice, public art and exhibition histories. Paul has held numerous curatorial and research positions over the last twenty years and he has taught on many curatorial and visual arts programs in Europe, The USA, Asia and the UK.

Eliisa Suvanto​ is the Program Manager of a Helsinki-based curatorial agency PUBLICS and is in charge of realising the program. Eliisa has previously worked as the Director of Titanik, an artist-run space and residency located in Turku, Finland. In recent years Suvanto has been working on large scale site-specific projects such ​as the critically acclaimed exhibition ​Valtio+, ​Parantola,​ Space Invaders and Pori Biennale. Eliisa is one of the founding members of Porin kulttuurisäätö, an artist-curator-collective established in 2013. The aim of the group is to organise exhibitions, events, projects and seminars that question and reconstruct the structures existing both in the art world and in our society. Eliisa received an MA in Visual Culture from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2014.

Photo credits: Noora Lehtovuori (Paul O’Neill & Eliisa Suvanto), Antti Ahonen (Ramiro Camilo)