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Helsinki Biennial 2023
11 June to 17 September 2023



A Posthumous Journey into the Future
February 11–August 6, 2023

Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden

Artists: Imani Jacqueline Brown, Eglė Budvytytė, Alma Heikkilä, Johannes Heldén, Signe Johannessen, Håkan Jonson, My Lindh and Mónica de Miranda

Encountering: The Secret of Kullahuset by Sten Eklund, From the Uppsala Art Museum’s collections


Handle With Care

28.3.2023 –

Turku Art Museum


Communities of Coexistence

 7. 3. – 26. 3. 2023

Exhibition in Lähde library, Seminaarinkatu 15 B, Jyväskylä

Curated by Evolution in Action
Artists: Riina Hannula, Alma Heikkilä, Melliferopolis (Ulla Taipale and Christina Stadlbauer), Aistė Ambrazevičiūtė.


Shared space

Ham - Helsinki Art Museum

3.3. - 13.8. 20223

The Shared space exhibition includes site-specific works commissioned for public and semi-public spaces around Helsinki. The works reflect on themes such as multispecies entanglements, other-than-human agencies, coexistence, presence and care, as well as the sense of place and the layering of time and materialities. 

Alma Heikkilä, Nayab Ikram, Sanna Kannisto, Jan Lütjohann, Other Spaces,
W A U H A U S, and Bogna Luiza Wiśniewska.



Engagement in collective acts: multidisciplinary views


23. 3. 2013 


Jyväskylä University

© Alma Heikkilä 2014



semipermeable & sensitive

Friday 6 May — Saturday 31 December 2022

Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam


Busan Biennale

From September 3 to November 6, 2022


Forest: Wake this Ground

09 July - 02 October 2022, 11:00 - 18:00


16 Narrow Quay
Bristol BS1 4QA


The Uncanny

9 September until 30 September, 2022

at the Palace of Culture, Entertainment and Sport





12.  03.  2022 -  01.  05.  2022

State Gallery of Lower Austria 

Museumsplatz 1
3500 Krems an der Donau


friable wood

 Hämärä  22.2.-17.3.2022, Lapland University


MOSS, or A Study of Cerebral Chasms Caused by Living Under Boreal Conditions

20.10.21 - 28.1.22

 Kunstverein am Rosa–Luxemburg–Plats , Berlin 

IC-98, Alma Heikkilä, Antti Majava, Andreas Greiner, Goshka Macuga, Julius von Bismarck & Julian Charrière


The Ocean

28. August 2021 — 31. October 2021

Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen Norway

With: Trond Ansten/Kåre Aleksander Grundvåg, Ei Arakawa, Sol Calero, Nina Canell, Em'kal Eyongakpa, Peter Fend, Fragment, Ina Hagen, Ayesha Hameed, Alma Heikkilä, INTERPRT, Susanne Kriemann, Giulia Mangione, Hans Ragnar Mathisen, Yuri Pattison, Willem de Rooij, Tabita Rezaire, Jorge Satorre, Bea Schlingelhoff, Susan Schuppli, Allan Sekula, Wolfgang Tillmans, Elin Már Øyen Vister, VUMA, Takako Yamaguchi, Explorations in Ocean Space II – Vestland North Sea Blueprints (Bergen School of Architecture, teachers: Nancy Couling, Vibeke Jensen, Julia Morrissey)


Living matter

September 4, 2021 - October 10, 2021

The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Artists:Ville Anderson, Anna Andrzhievskaya, Daniil Antropov, ASI (Stanislav Shuripa, Anna Titova), Dina Akhmetshina, Vitaly Barabanov, Isham Berrada, Alexey Buldakov, Ivan Gorshkov, Selma Gyurbuz, Ivan Dolgov, John Gomez, Dana Imyenta, Kanae , Anastasia Kaineanung, Anastasia Kizilova, Irina Korina, Anna Komarova, Taisia ​​Korotkova, Vlad Kulkov, Riochi Kurokava, Giuseppe Likari, Alexey Martins, Astrid Mintekaer, Evgeny Mironov, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Slava Nesterov, Evgenia Nozhkina, Pavel Pelannov, John Otdelnov , Dmitry Plavinsky, Alexander Pogorzhelsky, Anastasia Potemkina, Denis Prasolov, Sommer Roman, Khwai Samnan, Nikolay Smirnov, Jacob Kudsk Stinsen, Sissel Marie Tonne (with the participation of Heather Leslie and Juan Garcia Vallejo), Margo Trushina, Fedorov Fedotov- Anna- Charlotte Finel, Sergey Filatov, Alma Heikkila, Jungen Chon,Andrey Shkarin and Ekaterina Efimova, Alexander Shchurenkov, Ustina Yakovleva, 'IC-98' (Patrick Söderlund and Visa Swanpaa), Recycle Group (Andrey Blokhin and Georgy Kuznetsov), Roman Golovko.


Open lecture «Plasticity, Mutualistic symbiosis, and Extinction» by artist Alma Heikkilä

19. aug, 2021

Bergen School of Architecture (BAS), Bergen Norway


Ubiquitous, not visible nor recognizable in any form

10 June - 15 July 2021

solo exhibition gallery Tempesta

Milan, Italy


 NART annual exhibition 2021

Point of No Return. Attunement of Attention

24.04 – 20.06.2021

Narva, Estonia



Earth, Wind, Fire, Water - Nordic Contemporary Crafts 

Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Sweden

6 February – 9 May 2021


Grazer Kunstverein

Alma Heikkilä
not visible or recognizable in any form
11 December 2020 – 26 February 2021

Energy (food / organic matter) going through my body, my colon. Soil (food / organic matter) going through the worm’s body. A neat pile of poop after us. Soft and flexible tunnels that are our bodies. Slowly, twisting around each other, humidity, and us reaching towards the rhizomes or them reaching to us.

Alma Heikkilä is fascinated by the collective activities of soil creatures; from nematodes to fungi, spores to mycelium. Heikkilä’s artistic work evokes a deep sensorial knowledge of ecosystems and the interdependencies of myriad organisms in mutual co-existence. Finding form in sculpture and large-scale painting, she strives to create a space for humans to imagine an up-close encounter or experience with the invisible processes that occur in the soil, often at a microscopic level.

For her solo exhibition at Grazer Kunstverein Heikkilä presents a newly produced body of work, radiating around a macroscale double-sided painting, titled found living in total darkness. This painting is a luminous meditation on the processes that take place in slow continuum within soil organisms nestled under the surface of the earth.  In paint and plaster Heikkilä portrays webs and filaments, microbes and insect life, depicting rhizomatic structures of interdependency and symbiosis. She is interested in non-human agencies of change, for example the role of soil in the climate crisis. Through her painting and sculptural work she illuminates these largely imperceptible biotic communities in order to focus our attention towards their dark and complex ecologies, not only beneath the forest floor, but also inside our bodies.

According to Heikkilä the basis of life is constantly created and remade by microbes. Given that only 1 percent of soil dwelling species have been identified to date, this field offers fertile ground for the imagination. Heikkilä is a founding member of Mustarinda, a group of artists and scientists in Finland who promote and strive towards an ecological transition of society. The space she inhabits through her artistic practice is both embodied and performative. In 2018 Heikkilä received the Kiasma Commission by Kordelin, the support of which enabled her to invest in the purchase of an 11-hectare old-growth forest close to Koli National Park in Finland. She purchased this land with a view to doing nothing with it, and in doing so, to protect it.

Heikkilä’s exhibition in Graz is a focal point for further discussion around our institution’s process of reflection, awareness, and consciousness in terms of energy production and consumption. As a mid-size contemporary art institution we try to understand our role in the world, our physical impact, and our carbon footprint. Currently we are conducting an energy audit for 2019 to begin to comprehend the scale of our consumption. We want to understand how to enact meaningful change from within, in ways that are sustainable, generous and imaginative, and that enable us to maintain our international agenda working with artists from all over the world in a context that remains geographically local to Graz. In this way we hope to engage with the slower, more invisible processes that underpin our outward facing activities as a production agent for contemporary art.

Alma Heikkilä (born 1984) lives and works in Helsinki. She is a founding member of Mustarinda, a multidisciplinary collective located in the old-growth forests of northern Finland, that hosts residencies at the intersection between art and ecology. Heikkilä graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. She has shown her work in solo exhibitions at Kiasma, Helsinki (2019), Casco Art Institute, Rotterdam (2018), Gallery Ama, Helsinki (2017, 2013), and elsewhere. She has participated in biennials in Fiskars, Finland; Timisoara, Romania; Gwanju, South Korea. She was awarded the Ducat Prize of the Finnish Art Society in 2014. Her work is included in the collections of Kiasma and the Finnish National Gallery.

Alongside Heikkilä’s exhibition our public program and speculative feasibility study—Grazer Kunstverein is moving!—continues with events (both digital and physical) throughout the city in the frame of Graz Kulturjahr 2020. As part of this the findings of our energy audit will be analysed and made public by way of a conversation with artist Markus Jeschaunig in the frame of Breathe Earth Collective’s Klima-Kultur-Pavilion in Graz, Summer 2021.

Alma Heikkilä’s solo exhibition not visible or recognizable in any form is kindly supported by Frame Contemporary Art Finland. 


Earth, Wind, Fire, Water Zoom Session 1: Posthumanist and Post-Anthropocentric Perspectives on Contemporary Craft

Earth, Wind, Fire, Water Zoom Session 1: Posthumanist and Post-Anthropocentric Perspectives on Contemporary Craft is hosted by the Nordic Network of Crafts Associations and Galleri F 15 & Momentum and moderated by Thomas Laurien (designer, curator and senior lecturer at HDK Valand, Sweden).

Panellists: Alma Heikkilä (artist and founding member of the Mustarinda collective); Nicolas Cheng (artist and researcher); Jenni Nurmenniemi (curator); Æsa Sigurjonsdóttir (art historian and curator).

The session is in association with the newly released craft anthology Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, edited by Randi Grov Berger and Tonje Kjellevold (published by 


), and the exhibition Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, curated by Randi Grov Berger, at Galleri F 15 in Moss, Norway.

The conversation will be held in English. Co-editor of the publication Earth, Wind, Fire, Water Tonje Kjellevold will give a short welcome and introduction to the publication.

The session will take place online at Zoom, live at Tuesday 25 August at 5:30 pm CET

Register for the event now:

Max Webinar Size: 100 attendees

The Earth, Wind, Fire, Water programme is supported by Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point.



Earth, Wind, Fire, Water
Nordic Contemporary Crafts
44th edition of Tendenser 

28 March — 14 June 2020.

Curated by Randi Grov Berger (NO).

Earth, Wind, Fire, Water - Nordic Contemporary Crafts is the 44th edition of the exhibition series Tendenser at Galleri F 15 in Moss, Norway. This year’s exhibition is curated by Randi Grov Berger and brings together seventeen artists and artist groups from the Nordic countries who uses their craft, their tools and their deep material knowledge to address environmental issues. These practices explore the potential of materials and the elements to co-author artistic works; to participate in and at times control the process and outcome. Through their work, which encompasses biology, geology, and cosmology, the artists confront a longing for a deeper connection to the earth. They challenge our perception of materials, of the so-called natural world, and of ourselves.

The exhibition is a collaboration with the Nordic Network of Crafts Associations (NNCA). 

Hildur Bjarnadóttir (IS), Ebba Bohlin (SE), Fellesskapsprosjektet å Fortette Byen (NO/Sápmi), Alma Heikkilä (FI), Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen (NO/FI), Guðjón Ketilsson (IS), Kasper Kjeldgaard (DK), Stian Korntved Ruud (NO), Ivana Králíková (CZE/SE), Valentin Manz (DE/NO), Britta Marakatt-Labba (SE/Sápmi), Pekka Paikkari (FI), Louise Sidelmann (DK), Brynjar Sigurðarson & Veronika Sedlmair (IS/DE), Ida Wieth (DK), Hedvig Winge (NO) and Charlotta Östlund (SE/FI).



20 March – 9 August 2020

Malmö Konstmuseum

Elin Alvemark, Hannah Anbert, Christian Andersson, Isabelle Andriessen, Malin Bülow, Giulia Cenci, Kah Bee Chow, Elmgreen & Dragset, Olafur Eliasson, Ellisif Hals, Alma Heikkilä, Johannes Heldén, Matti Kallioinen, Lars-Andreas Tovey Kristiansen, Eva L’Hoest, Katja Larsson, Tilda Lovell, Anna Nordström, Gerhard Nordström, Katja Pettersson, Cindy Sherman, Magnus Thierfelder Tzotzis, Sif Itona Westerberg, Ulla Wiggen



Human, Animal and Nature in Kiasma’s Collections

26.04.2019 - 01.03.2020

How is nature presented in contemporary art? And how are humans interpreted as relating to other species?

The Coexistence exhibition looks at the relationship between humans and nature. Environmental issues, nature, and human coexistence with other organisms are topics of long-standing interest in art, but they have recently come into sharper focus amid the eco-crisis of the 2000s.



Art Encounters Biennial 2019 Timișoara, Romania

September 20 – October 27, 2019

Întâlniri cu arta/Susretanje umetnosti/Maladimata la artasa/Találkozások a művészettel/Kunstbegegnungen/Art Encounters

For the third edition of The Art Encounters Biennial in Timișoara, a series of contextsensitive commissions will reflect on contemporary art as a form of understanding which, along with science, politics, literature, and philosophy, helps us tackle the complexity of life today. Curators Maria Lind and Anca Rujoiu will match artworks and practices with situations, locations, and questions, placing them alongside existing works embedded in the landscape and history of Timișoara. The Biennial’s name, Art Encounters, acts as further inspiration for discussion and reflection. Each artwork will be the product of encounters, and aims to stimulate debate between groups and individuals, both about and around the art.




Fiskars Village Biennale

19th of May - 15th of September

Beings with

The contemporary art section of the first Fiskars Village Biennale, curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi, delves into the wonder and trouble of togetherness. From symbiotic to other kinds of interdependencies, questions of coexistence are placed in the forefront. The curatorial work has been guided by one of the ever-pertinent challenges of human existence: how can one become better at living together and dealing with differences?

Lene Baadsvig Ørmen / Leah Beeferman / Marjolijn Dijkman / Ramina Habibollah / Alma Heikkilä / Johannes Heldén / Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens / Dambi Kim / Jaana Laakkonen / Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen / Candice Lin / Elina Minn / nabbteeri / Laura Põld
/ Raimo Saarinen / Aki Sasamoto / Tove Storch / Louise Waite



Alma Heikkilä  -   Kiasma Commission by Kordelin

15.03.2019 - 28.07.2019

‘ , ‘ /~` mediums,.’_ ” bodies,.’_ ” ° ∞ logs,∞ ‘ , ‘ /~` ‘ holes, .’ `-. ` .’ — °habitats / /`
‘ * ‘-‘ . ‘ , ‘ /~`want to feel (,) you inside \| * . . * * \| * . . *./. .-. ~ .’ ‘ , ‘ /~` ❅ ☼ ~

Artist Alma Heikkilä has been invited to create a work of art for the Kiasma Commission by Kordelin series. The theme in Heikkilä’s art centres around objects that are beyond normal human perception, such as microscopic bacteria. In her large-format paintings and multimaterial installations, she calls our attention to the importance of such minuscule species.


Suomen taideakatemian kuvataidepalkinnon 2019 ehdokkaat ovat  Alma Heikkilä, kuvanveistäjä Aaron Heino ja kuvanveistäjä Kim Simonsson.


"We Are Still Alive, like Hydrogen and Oxygen"

28 March - 19 May 2019

Forensic Oceanography, Jenna Sutela, Julia Morandeira, Alfonso Borragán, Martín Llavaneras, Alma Heikkila and  Evan Ifekoya,

Curated by Alejandro Alonso Díaz

Sala de Arte Joven de Madrid



Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons

Evolved in shared relationships
Solo exhibition by Alma Heikkilä
Saturday, 15 September – Sunday, 11 November 2018

Saturday, 15 September 2018
Exhibition openings: 15:00–18:00 at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons (Lange Nieuwstraat 7, Utrecht), in conjunction with Uitfeest, the opening of the new cultural season in Utrecht
Harvest feast: 18:00–21:00 at Terwijde farmhouse (Louis Armstrongboulevard 30/50*, Utrecht)


/ Pro Arte 2018

Didrichsenin Pro Arte -tunnustus nuorelle kuvataiteilijalle jaetaan jälleen syksyllä 2018

Ehdolla Alma Heikkilä, Karoliina Hellberg ja Christoffer Relander

Vuodesta 2003 myönnetty Didrichsenin Pro Arte -tunnustus jaetaan tänä vuonna neljännen kerran. Ehdolla on kolme taiteilijaa, joista raati valitsee syksyn aikana voittajan. Tunnustuksen saaja julkistetaan marraskuussa 2018. Stipendin lisäksi Pro Arte -taiteilija saa näyttelyn Didrichsenin taidemuseoon keväällä 2019.


Monitor Lisbon

A Tale of Ingestion


with works by


Until August 25th


May 26 – July 8, 2018

Wet lands

Art Lab Gnesta

The exhibition is open Fri-Sun 12-16.

Alma Heikkilä, Gideonsson/Londré, Ada Kästel, Nancy Holt & Robert Smithson, Nisrine Boukhari, Katja Seitajoki & Tomas Björkdal

Opening Saturday May 27 kl 12-16

Kärrkosmos – an interactive show at Marksjön May 27 13.00
The exhibition Wet lands continues Art Lab Gnesta’s investigation of the swamp to which we have devoted the recent years, together with artists, scientists and the young people of Gnesta. In this second edition of the Swamp Biennale – an exhibition that returns every two years – we present artworks that leads us into the moisture, the mud and the reed.
In a time characterized by ongoing and potential ecological disasters, it is necessary to find a new direction. Humanity must better listen to the overlaps and similarities between everything that is alive. To bring the human body into the swamp with its ongoing degradation processes, its cacophony of voices, its sucking, preservative, blurred depth. Becoming aware of how the human body is an organism among organisms, and that our attempts to free ourselves from it are vain, not to say devastating. We think the wetlands can teach us that.
Art Lab Gnesta, Bryggerihuset, Bryggargränd 4, SE-646 31 Gnesta, Sweden





by pro temp. at Galleri Nicolai Wallner

The exhibition will run only for the evening 18:00 - 20:00 and will introduce a selection of 16 artists and groups

Glentevej 47 - 49, 2400 Copenhagen



7.2–29.4. 2018

Tensta konsthall

Soon enough: Art in Action

Invited artists: Alma Heikkilä (Helsingfors), Amol Patil (Mumbai), Ane Graff (Oslo), Ann Lislegaard (Köpenhamn), Anne Low (Vancouver), Bella Rune (Stockholm), Christian Nyampeta (Kigali/Amsterdam/New York), Dale Harding (Brisbane), Faivovich & Goldberg (Buenos Aires), Flo Kasearu (Tallinn), Forensic Architecture (London), Ingela Ihrman (Malmö), Jillian Mayer (Miami), Joar Nango (Tromsö), Kultivator (Öland), k.ö.k. (Stockholm), Marie Kølbæk Iversen (Köpenhamn), Matts Leiderstam (Stockholm), Osías Yanov (Buenos Aires), Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz (Berlin), Sorawit Songsataya (Auckland), Suki Seokyeong Kang (Seoul), Taus Makhacheva (Makhachala), Yu Ji (Shanghai), Zach Blas (London), and Zhou Tao (Guangzhou)


Soon enough: art in action is an exhibition about futures. It is inspired by the urgencies of our time, and a conviction that artistic practice can communicate complex problems and coordinate resistance. Some art works in the exhibition address the future directly, others point to phenomena, topics, skills or attitudes which will be more important in days to come. Self-organisation, craft and manual skills, play a certain role in the exhibition. So do collaborative methods, research-based practices, the rural, and cosmos. Media such as painting, sculpture, video, photography, performance and installation will be featured


12.1. - 4.2. 2018

Opettajia ja oppilaita

Exhibition Laboratory

Merimiehenkatu 36, 00150 Helsinki


30. 11. – 21. 12. 2017

Trøndelag Senter for Samtidskunst (TSSK)

Pimeässä en ole neliraajainen – In the Dark I Don’t Have Four Limbs 


Alma Heikkilä, Mikko Lipiäinen, Arissana Pataxó, Reetta Pekkanen. Curator: Jussi Koitela

Fjordgata 11, 7010 Trondheim




solo exhibition:

none are truly separate

Gallery AMA,

Rikhardinkatu 1

Opening Hours
Tue-Fri 11–17
Sat-Sun 12–16


30 september–4 mars 2018

Förstärkt verklighet / Voimistettu todellisuus

Norrköpings Konstmuseum

Pokémon Go är det kanske vanligaste exemplet på ett spel som använder sig av tekniken ”förstärkt verklighet” och som med hjälp av datorgenererade intryck förstärker eller kompletterar upplevelsen av verkligheten. Men vart går egentligen gränsen mellan det som vi kallar verkligheten och det vi kallar fiktion? Detta är utgångspunkten för utställningen som sätter fokus på vår förmåga till fantasi, våra sinnen och hur de påverkar vår upplevelse av världen. Kan det vara så att vi inte uppfattar verkligheten – vi skapar den?

Anna Tuori visar drömska målningar som på ett poetiskt vis suddar ut gränsen mellan verklighet och fiktion. Alma Heikkiläs storslagna installation ringar in svårigheterna för oss människor att förstå komplexa frågor som t ex språk eller klimatförändringar – helt enkelt på grund av de är massivt utspridda i tid och rum. I ett textilt landskap har Corinna Helenelund gestaltat kroppens inre och dess relation med tankarna. Elina Merenmies måleri och teckningar öppnar upp för mötet med andliga, mytiska dimensioner hos verkligheten och Anna Estarriola låter oss på ett humoristiskt sätt fundera över frågor som hur tankar egentligen uppstår och vad en människa är för något – egentligen?

Förstärkt verklighet kompletteras av ett rikt program av visningar, samtal i utställningen och pedagogiska program för skola. Boka visning privat eller för skola tfn 011-15 26 00.

Vernissage på Kulturnatten 30 september.


09.06. - 26.08.2017


Werke aus der Sammlung Lipponen
Eingeladen von Salon Dahlmann | Miettinen Collection


Anti-utopias: On City Agents. Part I

interviews and text by Sabin Bors







Nomadic Images

Opening of the exhibition of International Contemporary Painting
24 November, 6 pm
Museum of Applied Arts and Design, Arsenalo St 3A, Vilnius
Press conference at 11 am at the Museum.

Opening of the satellite project of the Vilnius Painting Triennial
25 November, 2 pm
Gallery ‘Cechas Vilnius’, Vytenio St 6, Vilnius

Opening of the exhibition of Lithuanian Contemporary Painting
1 December, 6 pm
Kaunas Picture Gallery, K. Donelaičio St 16, Kaunas

The idea of the 16th International Vilnius Painting Triennial ‘Nomadic Images’, organised by the Lithuanian Artists’ Association, is based on a strategy of wandering in different territories, without priorities or a uniform plan, observing, comparing, evaluating, but not conquering. When travelling, combinations of seen objects and experiences form in an accidental and unregulated order, and bring back forgotten memories, which summon new combinations. This provision of the organisers is closely related to the wandering world vision articulated by the contemporary thinkers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, in which reality is constantly changing, and is described using notions of the rhizome and the labyrinth. Nomadic space is understood as a decentralised expansion of territory, an arena for unprogrammed processes, accidents, spontaneity and incompleteness. In adapting these ideas to the field of contemporary painting, we can understand the forms of expression as a potential infinity that can take various configurations, grow freely, and develop in any direction. A conceptual approach towards the triennial’s content allows us to avoid a horizontal view of the field of painting, like an overview, and gives it an intellectual dynamic. Innovation in painting, and changes in the forms of representation, format and materials, are emphasised, together with connections with other media and other fields of art.

The 2016 Triennial consists of two separate but complementary parts, united by a shared concept.


The first part is the curated exhibition, where invited artists from Lithuania and other European countries are presented: Alma Heikkilä (FI), Andris Vītoliņš (LV), Bronius Gražys (LT), David Schnell (DE), Eberhard Havekost (DE), Ewa Juszkiewicz (PL), Gintaras Palemonas Janonis (LT), Jan Poupě (CZ), Jens Fänge (SE), Jolanta Kyzikaitė (LT), Jonas Gasiūnas (LT), Jonas Jurcikas (LT), Kristaps Ģelzis (LV), Kristi Kongi (EE), Konstantinas Gaitanži (LT), Laisvydė Šalčiūtė (LT), Linas Jusionis (LT), Markus Åkesson (SE), Merike Estna (EE), Mihkel Ilus (EE), Mircea Suciu (RO), Mykola Belous (UA), Ragna Bley (NO), Rafał Bujnowski (PL), Ramūnas Čeponis (LT), Tomek Baran (PL), Žygimantas Augustinas (LT).
The works will be shown in a structure like a labyrinth, proposing infinite possible associative combinations and ways of seeing the European painting scene. The exhibition will show from 24 November to 31 December in the Museum of Applied Art and Design in Vilnius (Arsenalo st 3A). It is curated by Linas Liandzbergis.

Cechas Vilnius gallery (Vytenio St 6, Vilnius) is a guest participant in the 16th International Vilnius Painting Triennial with the exhibition ‘Almost reality’ by the Ukrainian painter Rustam Mirzoev (UA). Exhibition will show from 25 November to 1 Febuary 2017.


Gwangju Biennale 2016 
The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?)

September 2–November 6, 2016

In light of the art sphere’s focus on infrastructure in many parts of the world, in the treacherous terrains of existing public and private systems, art itself seems to be partly forgotten. At GB11, attention is directed to artworks and projects addressing the agency of art in terms of the question, “what does art do?” A central part of this interest in the performative aspect of art is its projective and imaginative qualities—art’s active relationship to the future. Other concerns of GB11 include the mediation of art: art’s embeddedness in various contexts and the potential of connecting dots between already existing activities and people near and far.

The “eighth climate” of the exhibition’s title refers to a state one might reach using imaginative capacities. The notion of the eighth climate dates back to 12th century Persian mystic and philosopher Sohravardi, and was elaborated by 20th century French philosopher Henri Corbin. It is an addition to the seven physical climates of the earth identified by ancient Greek geographers. Unlike the seven earthly climates, the eighth climate is not based on a separation of matter and spirit, history and myth; rather, it is ontologically real and has concrete effects.

The eighth climate might well resonate with global warming. However, in the context of GB11, the eighth climate helps us explore art’s capacity to say and do something about the future, without either being paralyzed by its prospects or defaulting to established technologies of prediction. The eighth climate evokes art as a seismograph, detecting change before other means of observation, whether the artists are conscious of it or not, allowing for slightly different—and perhaps ambiguous and conflictual perspectives on how art engages with what lies ahead of us. This neither implies art for art’s sake nor a utilitarian approach.

While placing art center stage, GB11 is a constellation of various parts taking place throughout 2016. GB11 comprises Monthly Gatherings, the ongoing Infra-School, a group of national and international Biennale Fellows, the Forum, two publications and an exhibition which stretches from the Gwangju Biennale building to other venues and places in the city.

Location: Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, Asia Culture Center, 5.18 Archives, Mudeung Museum of Contemporary Art, Uijae Art Museum, Woo Jaeghil Art Museum, Nuribom Community Center, Hansaebong Agriculture Ecological Park, Old Gwangju station, Mite-Ugro.

Adam PendletonAde DarmawanAdelita Husni-Bey,Agnieszka PolskaAhmet ÖğütAimée Zito Lema, Alma Heikkilä, Amalia PicaAndrew Norman WilsonAne Graff,Ane Hjort Guttu with Daisuke KosugiAnicka YiAnn Lislegaard, Annie Lai Kuen Wan, Anton Vidokle, Apolonija Šušteršic with Dari Bae, Arseny ZhilyaevAyesha Sultana,Azar AlsharifBabi Badalov, Barbora Kleinhamplová with Tereza Stejskalová, Bernd KraussBik Van der PolBona ParkCéline CondorelliChristian NyampetaChristopher Kulendran ThomasClaire BarclayCooperativa Cráter InvertidoDale HardingDavid MaljkovicDiogo Evangelista, Dora García, Doug AshfordElena Damiani,Emily RoysdonEyal WeizmanFahd Burki, Faivovich & Goldberg, Fernando Garcia-DoryFlo Kasearu,Goldin+SennebyGunilla KlingbergHajra WaheedHito Steyerl, Hu Yun, Ingela IhrmanInseon Park, Iza Tarasewicz, Jasmina Metwaly & Philip RizkJeamin Cha,Jewyo Rhii with Jihyun Jung, José León Cerrillo, Joungmin YiJulia SarisetiatiKatie PatersonLawrence Abu HamdanLili Reynaud-Dewar, Li Jinghu, Mariana Silva,Marie Kølbæk IversenMarie-Louise EkmanMatias FaldbakkenMetahavenMichael BeutlerMika Tajima,Mohammad SalemyMonir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian,Munem WasifNabuqiNadia BeleriqueNatascha Sadr Haghighian with Ashkan SepahvandNazgol Ansarinia,Nicholas ManganOsias YanovOtobong NkangaPauline Boudry and Renate LorenzPhilippe ParrenoPrajakta PotnisPratchaya PhinthongRana BegumRaqs Media CollectiveRuth BuchananSachiko KazamaSaskia Noor van ImhoffSeola Kim, siren eun young jung, Sojung Jun,Søren AndreasenSuki Seokyeong KangTania Pérez CórdovaThe Otolith GroupTommy StøckelTrevor PaglenTromarama (Febie Babyrose, Herbert Hans Maruli, Ruddy Hatumena)Tyler CoburnWalid RaadYu JiZhou Tao.


EKKM - Tallin


06 August 2016 — 11 September 2016


Zachary FormwaltAlma HeikkiläBarbara KnezevicAntti MajavaAsbjørn SkouUku SepsivartRena Rädle & Vladan JeremićJon Benjamin TalleråsMona Vatamanu & Florin TudorArttu MerimaaAnu PennanenIngel Vaikla


Jussi Koitela

Vernissage and film program: 5th of August at 6pm.



The exhibition project ‘City Agents’ looks into the exhibition space and the contemporary city space as sites of the accumulation of capital. It maps out current active agencies that gentrify the city and zooms in on artistic practices that expose and shape forms of social, ecological and economic activation and de-activation of urban space. The project recognises the potential of contemporary artistic practices for rethinking spatial, social and economic shifts organised by human and extra-human co-agencies in the public space.


‘City Agents’ places itself into the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), an artistic institution that is located in between Tallinn’s most rapidly gentrifying urban area, Kalamaja – an out of use Soviet era culture and leisure centre, Linnahall – a tourist packed Old Town, and the Baltic Sea. EKKM is one of the key co-agents of urban development in Tallinn, but on the other hand, it is constantly challenged by the development of the city space itself.


Currently art institutions, studio complexes and gallery spaces are seen as an addition to the neoliberal creative space within the contemporary urban network. Art-related spaces and institutions have been agents of gentrification as has the creative class, gaining ground for tourism and real estate speculation. This rhetoric of creativity, together with the booming development of creative urban areas, has shifted the roles of artistic institutions in many cases to that of the first agents in the soon to be developed and re-developed city areas.


The contemporary city is being developed through the viewing of certain areas and spaces as empty and misused. Often investors and politicians view space with what can be understood as a colonial outlook that fills “emptiness” and makes it “usable”. Gentrification can been seen as capitalizing, and as urban planning, which creates a function for something that has been seen before as non-productive; a space without a function. In the age of neoliberal economy, instrumentalised production is the process where function and knowledge are produced.


Through this engagement of capital and knowledge production, the city and creative space are experienced as flows of objects and energies, creating densities and cartographies of matter and form. Or, this is how is seems from the human perspective: Neoliberalism as the only alternative, as a basis for understanding ontological units that the city space contains. Human-driven capitalism directs and shapes the objects and energies of the public space, forming grids and geometries of control and division.


‘City Agents’ brings up artistic practice as a way of exposing those material flows, objects end densities of the city. It shows spatial, economic and ontological human-driven conditions of the urban space. It argues and rethinks city space from established divisions of function/non-function, human/extra-human, built/empty and productive/non-productive, local/global, urban/rural to more hybrid, blurred and merged notions about contemporary city space and about the agencies that are forming it.



The project is curated by Jussi Koitela in the context of the on-going curatorial research project Skills of Economy.


The project is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Culture Ireland, Danish Art Agency, Mondriaan Fund and Draka Keila Cabels AS.


Jussi Koitela’s curatorial research and practice is supported by Kone Foundation.




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HAM - Helsinki • 8.4.2016-28.8.2016 

From Heino With Love

The Heino Art Foundation has one of Finland’s foremost collections of contemporary art. The foundation was established to promote art and safeguard the collection built over several decades by Raimo and Raini Heino and their son, the gallerist Rauli Heino.

The collection has 1416 works of art by 223 artists. They include paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and moving images. The works date from the 1950s to the present. All the artworks in the collection have been selected by the Heinos themselves, based on their common preferences and passion for art.

 From Heino with Love offers the first glimpse of the foundation’s extensive collection.

The exhibition highlights the topical nature of the collection and includes important works by contemporary Finnish artists. The large works in the collection find the space they need in the arched galleries of the Tennis Palace and the public has an opportunity to see an overview of contemporary Finnish artists. A total of 100 works of art will be included in the exhibition: paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures.

From Heino with Love has been curated by HAM curators Mikko Oranen and Jari Björklöv. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Heino Art Foundation.

The featured artists are:


Mustarinda 2016: Earthlings

June 17 - August 7, 2016

MUSTARINDA 2016 – Earthlings

Part II: June 17 – August 7, Mustarinda House, Hyrynsalmi

Opening June 16, 5-8pm

Wed–Sun 11-17, tickets 3/5€, free on Wed

The best finds were parts of the broken technology of the past-world, metal and plastic intertwined and designed to do things that nothing in our present-world did anymore. – Emmi Itäranta, Memory of Water

150 years of steadily increasing fossil fuel energy supply allowed us to believe that we had overcome nature. We can modify natural materials again and again, and move anything we want anywhere we want. Even the sky is not the limit.

But then, rapid climate change on a scale never seen before reminded us that we are still a part of nature. All production has consequences. Natural resources are being depleted and we are left with the waste.

It is ironic that it has taken the most advanced technology to help us detect the adverse effects of the fossil fuel industry on the atmosphere. In a similar way, we look at cultivated landscapes composed of square fields on square-shaped screens.

Apart from being so humiliating, the way that we try to adapt to the new situation is also rather amusing. The very basics of energy production, movement, living and eating must be learned. How is that chocolate we like to enjoy with our coffee really made, and what materials are required to make it?

We also have to learn things in new ways. The post-fossil era is characterized by becoming aware of fossil fuel connections and developing and testing new technologies and practices that are independent of it. All of this has to be achieved by people who have only experienced the fossil era.

The second part of the two-part exhibition is held at the Mustarinda House on June 17 – August 7, 2016. The exhibition’s artists, Michaela Casková, Alma Heikkilä, Mikko Itälahti, Saara-Maria Kariranta, Riikka Keränen, Jussi Kivi, Pauliina Leikas, Antti Majava, Mika Palonen, Sallamari Rantala, Nestori Syrjälä, Elina Tuhkanen, Tuomo Tuovinen and Laura Wesamaa are members of the Mustarinda Association. The first part was hosted by the gallery Sinne in Helsinki on April 29 – May 25, 2016.

Mustarinda is a collective that was founded by artists and researchers in 2009 with the aim of enhancing ecological and cultural diversity. Mustarinda House, which is located on the summit of Paljakka hill in Hyrynsalmi, provides the test bed for exhibition, residency, research and publication activities. The house is surrounded by primeval forest, which is protected for scientific research.

The energy for the exhibition is produced by the Mustarinda House’s six-kilowatt solar panels, geothermal heat and compost heat.

Welcome to the opening on June 16, 5-8pm. Acts by Talmud Beach, Elatu Nessa and Millennium Poster. From Helsinki, it is possible to travel to the opening with a biogas bus, for more information please contact Janne Kilpinen at Stay-overs possible in own tents on the yard.





Galleri Sinne


The best finds were parts of the broken technology of the past-world, metal and plastic intertwined and designed to do things that nothing in our present-world did anymore. – Emmi Itäranta, Memory of Water

150 years of steadily increasing fossil fuel energy supply allowed us to believe that we had overcome nature. We can modify natural materials again and again, and move anything we want anywhere we want. Even the sky is not the limit.

But then, rapid climate change on a scale never seen before reminded us that we are still a part of nature. All production has consequences. Natural resources are being depleted and we are left with the waste.

It is ironic that it has taken the most advanced technology to help us detect the adverse effects of the fossil fuel industry on the atmosphere. In a similar way, we look at cultivated landscapes composed of square fields on square-shaped screens.

Apart from being so humiliating, the way that we try to adapt to the new situation is also rather amusing. The very basics of energy production, movement, living and eating must be learned. How is that chocolate we like to enjoy with our coffee really made, and what materials are required to make it?

We also have to learn things in new ways. The post-fossil era is characterized by becoming aware of fossil fuel connections and developing and testing new technologies and practices that are independent of it. All of this has to be achieved by people who have only experienced the fossil era.

The first part of the two-part exhibition will be hosted by Sinne gallery on 29.4-22.5.2016. The exhibition’s artists, Alma Heikkilä, Saara-Maria Kariranta, Riikka Keränen, Jussi Kivi,Pauliina Leikas, Antti Majava, Mika Palonen, Nestori Syrjälä, Tuomo Tuovinen and Laura Wesamaa are members of the Mustarinda Association.

Mustarinda is a collective that was founded by artists and researchers in 2009 with the aim of enhancing ecological and cultural diversity. Mustarinda House, which is located on the summit of Paljakka hill in Hyrynsalmi, provides the test bed for exhibition, residency, research and publication activities. The house is surrounded by primeval forest, which is protected for scientific research.

The electrical power for the exhibition is produced by Mustarinda House’s six-kilowatt solar panels, which charge the battery bank in the exhibition area.

The second part of the exhibition will open in Mustarinda House on 16 June 2016




17 February at 17:00-19:00

Panel discussion at Galleri Sinne


Taidetta ja politiikkaa tekemässä Edited by Minna Herikkson, Jussi Koitela and Terike Haapoja publication containing 7 texts by Finnish artists (Alma Heikkilä, Satu Herrala, Jaakko Karhunen, Aino Korvensyrjä, Antti Majava, Aino-Marjatta Mäki, Eva Neklyaeva, Eero Yli-Vakkuri, Filippo Zambon) on their practice and it's relation to politics.





Heat - Pause - Breath 

Institut Finlandais in Paris, February 8 - April 8. 


Chikako Harada,  Alma Heikkilä, Kristina Janni Ståhl, Samon Takahashi. Curated by Shoji Kato




14.10.2015 to 05.12.2015


Alma Heikkilä, Cohesion, Hydrocarbons, Aspen, Search Engine, Language and the Others:

Things that are massively distributed in time and space



In autumn 2015, EMMA Areena will host the third and last exhibition in the seriesN=000˚, organised in cooperation with the Kari Huhtamo Art Foundation that supports artists from the North.


Artist Alma Heikkilä (b. 1984) lives and works in Hyrynsalmi and Helsinki. She graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. In her work, Heikkilä challenges our view of the material world, other species as well as science and prevailing ideas about the world and humanity.


The audience in EMMA Areena will be part of Heikkilä’s work, moving inside or around the piece without ever attaining a simultaneous view of the whole. The hanging of the work requires viewers to observe large surfaces close up, which allows it to address phenomena which are by their size, speed or distance incommensurate with human perception or understanding, such as the biosphere, climate change, or world order based on oil. The title of the exhibition is a reference to Timothy Morton’s book Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World.



“Making is always collaboration, being is always togetherness. In addition to its content, the work also alludes to this in its title, Alma Heikkilä, cohesion, hydrocarbons, aspen, search engine, language and the others: Things that are massively distributed in time and space (relative to humans).Living in an illusion of autonomy, we fail to perceive the non-human elements that support our existence. Material objects can be difficult to recognise, because they are beyond our capacity for experiencing time and space. Observing and accepting the deep, elusive reality of objects allows us to rectify our distorted view of the material world that underlies our everyday life.


The use of water, solids, fats and oils creates surfaces and traces that steer the formation of organisms, plants as well as the structure and essence of this painting series. Pigments settle on a surface following the properties of water by slowly drying. Darkness, forest, soil, rhizomes and signalling between plants all work together hidden from view, constantly combining with our growing knowledge of the significance of processes and mechanisms that are invisible to the human eye.”

- Alma Heikkilä





In Cooperation with the Kari Huhtamo Art Foundation.




Visual artist Alma Heikkilä (b. 1984 in Pälkäne), Helsinki and Hyrynsalmi

Installations, paintings, videos and photographs with ecological themes


The Ducat Prize, founded in 1858, is the oldest art award in Finland. It is presented by the Art Society annually to a young Finnish artist under 35 in recognition of special merit.

Among the first artists who received the Ducat Prize have been Victoria Åberg (1861), Fredrik Ahlstedt (1969) and Albert Edelfelt (1872). Fanny Churberg and Helene Schjerfbeck were both awarded in 1879.


Alma Heikkilän installaatioissa, maalauksissa, videoissa ja valokuvissa ekologian teemat ovat vahvasti läsnä. Heikkilä ei julista, vaan puhuttelee katsojaa aistikokemuksen kautta: tärkeitä ja kipeitäkin asioita esiin nostavat teokset ovat samalla kauniita ja visuaalisesti mielenkiintoisia. Heikkilän työskentely on ennakkoluulotonta rajankäyntiä sisältöjen ja materiaalien välillä. Hän on muun muassa yhdistänyt limasieniä maalausprosessiin yhdessä Elina Tuhkasen kanssa toteutetussa teossarjassa SIENET – RIHMASTOT, ITIÖEMÄT, LIMASIENET JA MUUT. Yritys esittää ympäristön rakenteita ja toimintaa esteettis-kokemuksellisesti (2013–2014). Heikkilä tutkii maalauksen kieltä ja antaa muodon sille, mikä on vaikeasti sanallistettavissa, mutta kuitenkin taiteen kautta välittömästi koettavissa. Myös Heikkilän taito ymmärtää ja käsitellä tilaa on ainutlaatuinen.

Alma Heikkilä on valmistunut kuvataiteen maisteriksi Kuvataideakatemiasta vuonna 2009. Hän on Mustarinda-seuran perustajajäsen ja ollut mukana myös Oksasenkatu11-ryhmän toiminnassa (2008–2013).



Yle Radio 1: Kultakuume

Sinet puhuvat kuvataitelija Alma Heikkilän taiteessa



Jussi Koitelas text  kunstforum nr 3 – 2014


To Use As a Capital

One Night Only Gallery/Kunstnernes Hus Oslo

5th of May 2014


Alma Heikkilä, Saara-Maria Kariranta, Iain Griffin

Curated and text written byJussi Koitela




Alma Heikkilä at EMMA 2015






MUSTARINDA 2014 - Exergy

Tülay Schakir, Sara Milazzo, Tuomas A. Laitinen

Exhibition open 19.6. - 10.8. Wed-Sun 11-17


Festival of Positive Misunderstanding

Wednesday May 28th, 2014
From 18:00hs to 23:00hs

Gallery Augusta, HIAP
Suomenlinna B 28 / 2

Organised in cooperation with HIAP and Nordic Culture Point
Documentation by Pasi Autio (if not stated otherwise)

Aeron Bergman & Alejandra Salinas, Danielle Collobert, Alma Heikkilä, Jaakko Karhunen, Karl Larsson, Charlemagne Palestine, Post Brothers, Cia Rinne, Jani Ruscica, Amalie Smith, Simon Thompson, Samo Tomsic, Ola Vasiljeva














XIX Mäntän kuvataideviikkojen oheisohjelma 2014:

Lauantaina 5.7.
klo 13–14. Pekilo.
Hetkinen luonnolle

Pingviinejä, delfiinejä, tappajavalas, elättikäärmeitä, lintuja ja limasieniä. Luontoretkellä näyttelyssä oppaina mm. taiteilijat Jussi Heikkilä ja Alma Heikkilä.


Alma Heikkilä talks in Mänttä Art Festival about nature with artist Jussi Heikkilä and others. 



To Use As a Capital

One Night Only Gallery/Kunstnernes Hus Oslo

5th of May 2014


Alma Heikkilä, Saara-Maria Kariranta, Iain Griffin

Curated and text written byJussi Koitela





Alma Heikkilä and Elina Tuhkanen at XIX MÄNTTÄ ART FESTIVAL15.6.-31.8.2014




Mustarinda in espacio trapézio 

19/02/2014 >09/03/2014


On the occasion of ARCOmadrid #FocusFinland, espacio trapézio invites Mustarinda, not-for-profit finnish association, whose objective is to foster sustainable values and lifestyle, ecological and cultural diversity, and the status of different disciplines of art and science, especially contemporary art.The core activities of the association consist of independent and critical art, research and education. The activity is centered in the Mustarinda House, which is located next to the Paljakka Nature Reserve in the Kainuu region, where artists/researchers-in-residence, art exhibitions and different cultural events.The exhibition presents artists who are members of the Mustarinda which art works in their own way reflect topics essential to the association, whose works don’t illustrate ecological and growth critical questions literally but introduce another, more abstract level to the discussion of these concerns.All of the works embody relation to environment be it forest, nature or virtual environment. One context behind these works is a concern of the state of our environment and the results of politics lead on terms of global economy.The Hug, platform for cultural cooperation, association recently established, starts up its first project Linkkia taking advantage of theMustarinda presence in Madrid for his exhibition at espacio trapézio. Linkkia is a “wellcome” program which provides the guests of Mustarindathe opportunity to enjoy a real plan of immersion in the social and cultural context of Madrid, putting them in contact with groups and organizations related to their interests and goals with the unique purpose of generating communication, collaborative networking, exchange knowledge and experience and build professional relationships for the future.


Participating artistsAlma Heikkilä, Alma Heikkilä & Elina Tuhkanen, Saara Kariranta, Mika Palonen, Elina Tuhkanen, Tuomo Tuovinen, Laura Wesamaa.



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