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New Directions May Emerge

Helsinki Biennial 2023 is delighted to share the 29 international artists and collectives participating in its second edition, New Directions May Emerge, curated by Joasia Krysa and produced by HAM Helsinki Art Museum. The biennial comprises around 50% new commissions and site-specific works which engage with some of the pressing issues of our time, encompassing environmental damage, political conflict and the impact of technology.

This year, the biennial’s central location of Vallisaari Island in the Helsinki archipelago will have a particular emphasis on outdoor artworks. In addition, a 20-minute ferry ride away, artworks sprawl across several mainland venues, as well as online.

The Helsinki Biennial 2023 participants include
Matti Aikio (Sápmi)*, Ahmed Al-Nawas & Minna Henriksson (Finland)*, Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa), Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley (UK/Germany), Golden Snail Opera (Anna Tsing, Yen-ling Tsai, Isabelle Carbonell & Joelle Chevrier) (Taiwan/France/US), Alma Heikkilä (Finland)*, INTERPRT (Norway)*, Keiken (UK)*, Sonya Lindfors (Cameroon/Finland)*, Lotta Petronella with Sami Tallberg & Lau Nau (Finland)*, Asunción Molinos Gordo (Spain), Tuula Närhinen (Finland), PHOSfate (Sahrawi/Finland), Diana Policarpo (Portugal), Sepideh Rahaa (Iran/Finland), Bita Razavi (Finland/Iran/Estonia), RED FOREST (Ukraine/UK/US/Mexico/Germany/Finland/South Africa) *, Remedies (Sasha Huber & Petri Saarikko) (Switzerland/Finland)*, Tabita Rezaire (France), Emilija Škarnulytė (Lithuania)*, Yehwan Song (South Korea)*, Jenna Sutela (Finland), Suzanne Treister (UK), Adrián Villar Rojas (Argentina)*, and Zheng Mahler (Hong Kong).

*An asterisk denotes a new commission.

For New Directions May Emerge, new commissions explore alternative ways of living in, and understanding, the world, whilst envisioning various potential futures.