The candidates for the 2017 Ars Fennica Award are Maija Blåfield, Pekka & Teija Isorättyä, Perttu Saksa, Kari Vehosalo and Camilla Vuorenmaa. A joint exhibition of their work will be presented at Helsinki’s Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma from October 13, 2017 to February 2, 2018. A related web publication will be released in conjunction with the exhibition. The Ars Fennica Award is valued at €40,000. The winner will be chosen by Beatrix Ruf, the Director of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Mika Taanila made numerous experimental music videos in the 1990s. His subsequent films occupy the intermediate terrain between experimental and documentary. History is always present in his works, and their elements consist of copious amounts of found and archive material. The various futurist utopias, each of their own time, fascinate Taanila in their impossibility.