Professor Katja Eydel (1969, Germany) is an artist primarily working with photography. In her works, she addresses social issues and the construction of identities. Besides her individual photographical practice, she has a background in collaborative projects and other media.
Eydel often approaches her areas of interests with the help of research, while she also believes in the strength of perception as a tool of cognition. These cornerstones of her work, along with her conceptual skills, also form the basis of her teaching programme.
Eydel’s previous positions include visiting teacher at the California College of the Arts in Los Angeles, professor of photography at the Merz Academy in Stuttgart, and research associate at ETH Zurich. Selected publications: Schattenfuge / Shadow Gap - Sternberg Press Berlin/NY, 2014 - Model ve Sembol. Die Erfindung der Türkei / The invention of Turkey - Katja Eydel, Sternberg Press Berlin/NY, 2006 - Teilt mit - Katja Eydel, Goldrausch IT Berlin, 2006 - Belgrad Interviews. Katja Diefenbach/Katja Eydel, b_books Berlin, 2000.
Professor Ulrika Ferm (b.1972 in Finland) is conceptual artist whose projects involve a lot of in-depth research and often are site-specific. The research often tackle historical and socio-political topics which create a solid conceptual underpinnings for her artworks. She mostly works in photography, installation and in collaborations often containing performance elements.
In 2009 she published the book Emergency Weather. Emergency Weather exemplifies a kind of multi-layered, process-oriented work-cycle and was developed on residencies and galleries in Dublin and Helsinki. A follow-up project – also related to weather – became an ongoing long-term project.
In addition to her artistic projects Ulrika Ferm belongs to an artist collective that runs a renowed project space and residency program called Platform in Vaasa which presents performance art and other site and situation specific disciplines. Apart from founding and working with Platform Ferm also has a broad curatorial and organizational work experience. Ulrika Ferm has already received considerable grants, prices and nominations. In 2002 she won the Young Finnish artist of the year award. Her works have been in exhibitions in Finland and internationally.
Ulrika Ferm lives and works between Finland and Berlin, Germany. She has an MA from PALLAS, University of Art and Design, Helsinki (1995–1998) and also graduated from Hochschule der Kunste (Prof. Katharina Sieverding), Berlin.
Professor Salla Tykkä (b. 1973) is a visual artist who uses film and photography in her works. Her films are often simplified scenes that delve into the structures of the human mind and society, as well as the interplay between them. The main motivation and the main themes discussed in Tykkä’s works are the need to change the world and our ways of looking at the world. Her thesis project at the Academy of Fine Arts, Lasso (2000), depicts a short moment of a character watching someone else, a traditionally constructed film scene which grows into an allegory of the private colliding with the public, the inner colliding with the outer world. These themes have been recurring in her body of works up until the present day.
Tykkä has had many solo exhibitions in different museums and galleries, such as: Galerie Anhava (Helsinki, 2015), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle, 2013), Hayward Gallery: Project Space (London, 2010), Bonniers Konsthall (Stockholm, 2007). She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, including: Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Yekaterinburg, 2015), The Mystery of Tears (The Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, 2013), Nothing in the World But Youth (Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2011), Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (Montréal, 2007). Her films are a frequent addition to film festivals.
In 2010 and 2011, Tykkä served as the Professor of Moving Image at the Academy of Fine Arts.