Curators for Helsinki International Curatorial Programme (HICP) have been selected

Frame Visual Art Finland and HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme) have announced their selection of four curators to participate in the Helsinki International Curatorial Programme (HICP) in 2016. Curators Xavier Acarín, Adelaide Bannerman, Richard Birkett and Kalliopi Tsipni-Kolaza will work in a one-month long curatorial residency in Helsinki either in June or November 2016. The application round was arranged in October 2015 and attracted 102 applications.

Helsinki International Curatorial Programme provides curators with an opportunity to carry out research and work on international curatorial projects while building contacts with art practitioners and cultural organisations in Finland. Curatorial residency is co-organised by Frame Visual Art Finland and HIAP Helsinki International Artist Programme. HIAP and Frame will both offer practical assistance, networking support and a critical context for the residents’ curatorial research and projects.


Selected curators

Xavier Acarín (residency at HIAP Cable Factory in November 2016) is a curator and researcher from Barcelona and based in New York. Acarín’s practice revises art and social histories as a means to propose different composition of the material and the sensorial. He holds a Master in Curatorial Studies from the Center of Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and he has worked as an art producer for various institutions in Spain and in the United States. Acarín’s projects have been presented at CCS Bard, Chez Bushwick, Elastic City, The New School for Social Research, and Peekskill Project 6.

Adelaide Bannerman (residency at HIAP Cable Factory in November 2016) has worked for seventeen years predominantly freelance as a project manager, curator and consultant for UK arts institutions working transnationally with critical and creative practitioners. These institutions include the International Curators Forum (ICF), Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), African and Asian Visual Artists Archive (AAVAA), Tate, Live Art Development Agency, and Arts Council England. Her independent research interests are focused on valorising performative gestures and engagements with live and visual performance art, and privileging the process behind individual and group autonomic practices. She is currently the Archive Coordinator at Autograph ABP in London, working on the three-year photography research project, The Missing Chapter.

Richard Birkett (residency at HIAP Suomenlinna in June 2016) is a curator at Artists Space, New York. He was previously a curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London from 2007 to 2010. He has curated exhibitions and programs with artists including Chto Delat, Aaron Flint Jamison, Bernadette Corporation, Laura Poitras, Hito Steyerl and Cosey Fanni Tutti; and group projects including Nought to Sixty (ICA, 2008), Talk Show (ICA, 2009), Radical Localism: Art, Video and Culture from Pueblo Nuevo’s Mexicali Rose (Artists Space, 2012) and Frozen Lakes (Artists Space, 2013). He has written for journals and periodicals including Artforum, Afterall, Flash Art, Mousse, Parse, and Untitled.

Kalliopi Tsipni-Kolaza (residency at HIAP Suomenlinna in June 2016) has worked as a curator in the past four years for some of London’s most renowned art institutions including the Serpentine Galleries, the Architecture Foundation and the Contemporary Art Society. As an Assistant Curator for the inaugural Maldives Pavilion for the 55th Venice Biennale she co-developed the Contingent Movements Archive addressing issues of sustainability, immigration and geopolitics. She holds an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Westminster in London and a Post Graduate Curatorial Diploma from Konstfack University in Stockholm.

Recently, Tsipni-Kolaza won an international curatorial competition for emerging talent co-organised by Forecast Platform and HKW in Berlin. Her research on alternative music scene as a form of resistance and protest will culminate in a sound art show that will take place at HKW in 2016.


More information:

Curator  Jenni Nurmenniemi, HIAP, jenni@hiap.fi

Head of Programme Taru Elfving, Frame, taru.elfving@frame-finland.fi