Finnish-Belgian collaboration Kopioitu (Copied) challenges the concept of the original

Maija Luutonen's installation at SIC gallery, 2012.
Maija Luutonen’s installation at SIC gallery, 2012.


Initiated by the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Kopioitu (Copied) is a project bringing together twelve artists to create two copies of the same artworks in Helsinki and in Brussels. The focal point is to address the question of originality and tackle the boundaries of the uniqueness of creative processes. The artworks can be created using any medium. The project has been realised by a collaboration of Brussels-based curatorial collective and gallery Komplot, curator Aura Seikkula, SIC in Helsinki and Helsinki International Artist-inResidence Programme HIAP.

The project consists of two residency periods, two exhibitions and a publication. From August 19th the artists will work at the artist residency of HIAP in Helsinki for a week. Their stay will finish result in an exhibition at SIC opening August 23rd. Nine days afterwards, the artists will be working in Brussels and create another exhibition for Komplot, opening on 6th of September.  Both shows will run in parallel for approximately two months. The exhibitions will be documented in a publication.

Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux supports Kopioitu in association with the Finnish Embassy of Belgium and Belgian Embassy of Finland. Frame Visual Art Finland supports SIC collective in the project.

Participating artists include Olli Keränen, Karri Kuoppala, Maija Luutonen, Kalle Leino, Konsta Ojala, Sauli Sirviö, Timo Vaittinen, Laura Wesamaa, Félicia Atkinson, Jurgen Ots, Bitsy Knox and Benoit Platéus.


Helsinki: residency from August 19th to August 25th,  exhibition from August 23rd onwards  at SIC-gallery.

Brussells: residency from August 2nd to September 8th, exhibition from September 6th onwards at Komplot.