The Helsinki International Curatorial Programme welcomes new resident curators Sarah Abdu Bushra and Raluca Voinea in autumn 2022 for one-month curatorial residencies.
The Helsinki International Curatorial Programme, hosted annually by Frame and HIAP – Helsinki International Artist, aims to provide internationally active curators with the chance to connect with the Finnish contemporary art field and to support curatorial research in its diverse and emergent forms. The programme during Autumn 2022 is organised in collaboration with Kunsthalle Kohta and Kunsthalle Seinäjoki, who will act as a co-host for each curator.
Altogether 136 applications were received to the Open Call organised last October. In the Kunsthalle Seinäjoki collaboration the jury consisted of Art Producer Pii Anttila and Art Curator Sanna Karimäki-Nuutinen from Kunsthalle Seinäjoki and artist Teemu Lehmusruusu, and in the Kunsthalle Kohta Collaboration the jury consisted of Director Anders Kreuger. Frame’s Head of Programme Jussi Koitela and Director of HIAP Juha Huuskonen were involved in both selections.
Sarah Abdu Bushra, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is a curator of visual and performing arts exhibitions. Her research interest lies in art coming from three East African countries – Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
Anders Kreuger, director of Kunsthalle Kohta, says, “Kunsthalle Kohta is looking forward to hosting Sarah Abdu Bushra and introducing her to Helsinki’s visual art scene, which we hope will provide her with new curatorial contexts. We are particularly interested in her experience of organising exhibitions and events in close collaboration with artists, and we hope that her residency in Helsinki will yield new connections between northern Europe and East Africa.”
Raluca Voinea, based in Bucharest, Romania, is a curator, art critic, and co-director of the Romanian association tranzit.ro since 2012.
Sanna Karimäki-Nuutinen, from Kunsthalle Seinäjoki, says, “Raluca Voinea’s practice and ideas seem to be fruitfully combined with the interests and context of Kunsthalle Seinäjoki. Her previous work is convincing and she gives the impression of having the enthusiasm to work on the collaboration we hope will lead to an exhibition in a couple of years. We have had little contact with Romania and Eastern Europe before, which was in favour of the decision. We find it valuable that this HICP collaboration enables Kunsthalle Seinäjoki to try out a new way of making connections and find interesting perspectives in creating exhibition productions.”
In addition to individualised assistance and networking support, the selected curators are provided with the opportunity to collaborate on an exhibition, or another form of presentation of the curatorial research conducted during their residency. The residencies will take place in Autumn 2022, and projects with partners will be produced later during 2023 and 2024.
The HICP curators-in-residence will live and work at HIAP’s international residency centre on the island of Suomenlinna, a 15-minute ferry ride away from the centre of Helsinki. HIAP offers the curators a combined workspace and accommodation, whereas Frame provides them with a working grant and a travel allowance.