Photo: Andy Keate
Anikó Kuikka: White Sugar (2017). Two-channel moving image installation, 9:07 min.

The Academy of Fine Arts Foundation grant awarded to Anikó Kuikka

The board of the Academy of Fine Arts Foundation has decided that the Suomenlinna residency grant will be awarded this year to artist Anikó Kuikka.

Anikó Kuikka (b. 1986) is a Los Angeles based artist working with moving image installation. A graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki, she has also studied at Royal Academy Schools in London. Kuikka’s immersive narrative moving image installations deal with the absurd construct of reality by combining mythologies and fairytales with social issues and trauma. In her work, archetypal characters play out power structures, aiming to deconstruct pre-existing values and identity.

”I am very excited, honored and thankful for my selection. Of course, my wish is to always develop as an artist. When you have space, you have room for experimentation and new ideas. For me, a working environment and a community from whom to learn, receive support and gain inspiration is also of great importance,” tells Anikó Kuikka.

The grant covers a 35 m2 work space in Suomenlinna from October 1st 2019 to September 30 2020, water and electricity included, as well residency services provided by HIAP. The residency grant has been awarded earlier to artists Joonas Siren (2014), Eveliina Hämäläinen (2015), artist collective Harrie Liveart (2016), Raimo Saarinen (2017) and Karoliina Hellberg (2018).

The Academy of Fine Arts Foundation was established in 2013 to support and promote accommodation, artistic work, exhibitions, publication activities, and international networking among students of fine arts.