Photo: Petri Summanen

Exhibitions at the Academy of Fine Arts in summer 2017

The summer season of exhibitions is launched on 9 June in both of the academy’s galleries in the city centre.

Exhibition Laboratory will host an exhibition on post humanism, Animal and the Logic of Others, from 9 June to 30 July. The exhibition, curated by Academy of Fine Arts professors Hanna Johansson and Caspar Stracke, will showcase works by three international artists or artist collectives in addition to students from the Academy of Fine Arts and Theatre Academy. The same theme will be the focus of lectures on Tuesday 13 June, and the exhibition programme also includes a screening event curated by artist Jim Supanick and organised on Saturday 10 June.

Project Room will be home for thesis project exhibitions during the summer. From 9 to 22 June, Project Room will feature Akuliina Niemi’s installation combining sound and visual elements, Southern Hill, and paintings by Ona Taskinen, who has delved into the similarities between films and dreams. In July, the gallery will host Arja Kärkkäinen’s exhibition Päiväpeitto, which is a follow-up to her audio drama called Mother’s Nerves, on display in the MFA degree show Kuvan Kevät earlier in the spring. Niemi and Taskinen also took part in this year’s Kuvan Kevät.

In August, the Paulo Foundation’s invitational exhibition will return to the exhibition programme of Project Room. This year, the Foundation’s curator grant was given to Elis Hannikainen, who invited Camille Auer as the artist for the exhibition. The work Antiphallic Dick focuses on material power structures related to transgenderism.

Exhibition Laboratory will re-open on 18 August with Deutsches Lager and Other Post-Doc Stuff, an exhibition by postdoctoral researchers at the Academy of Fine Arts.

One part of the exhibition is the Deutches Lager project by Poetic Archeology, a collaboration between artists Jan Kaila and Japo Knuutila and archeologist Jan Fast. The project has taken the group to Tulliniemi, the southern-most tip of Hanko, to study a transit camp that German soldiers used during the Second World War in 1942–1944. The cultural significance of the concept of camps will be discussed further at a symposium on 31 August.

For the same exhibition, Petri Kaverma has studied how death could be brought closer to everyday life under the title The Coffin – from the Ivory Tower to the Art Gallery, which suggests that art may produce high-quality visual elements and new imagery on death to fill the void left by secularisation. The exhibition will also feature Jyrki Siukonen’s installation Description of a Bridge, which is an exploration on construction, movement and sound. The installation will be on display in the long space with a low ceiling in the second floor, and it depicts a peculiar historical structure, a railway bridge from the 1800s, made of wood instead of steel.

Opening hours: Tuesday through Sunday at 11–18. Closed on Monday, at Midsummer from 23 to 25 June, and between exhibitions.

Changes in the programme are possible. More information is available in Uniarts Helsinki’s event calendar at