In May, Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s Board of Directors appointed Frame’s new Grant Committee. The members of the new committee are artists Ramina Habibollah, Hannaleena Heiska and Sandra Kantanen and curator Pontus Kyander.
The committee is tasked with reviewing applications from artists and Finnish or foreign organisations seeking support for international networking related to Finnish contemporary art. Its members are appointed by the Board of Directors for a term of two years.
This year, Frame recruited all four members of the committee through an open call in April. Three of them will evaluate artist and project applications and one will evaluate applications from other art experts such as curators and museum professionals.
A total of 35 applications were submitted.
Frame distributes funds from the Finnish Ministry of Culture and Education to support international exhibitions, publications, participation in art fairs as well as the travel expenses of art professionals.
Frame’s Grant Committee for 2021–2023:
Ramina Habibollah is an artist-curator based in Helsinki. Her installations and performances touch upon notions of ecology, feminism, and cyborg anthropology. She is interested in exploring alternative ways of co-existing with other-than-human bodies and other dimensions.
Hannaleena Heiska graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki with an MFA in 2006. Her multidisciplinary approach covers painting, drawing, film and performance and her works often revolve around the mystery of existence and the potentialities of science and life.
Artist photographer Sandra Kantanen was born in Helsinki 1974. She lives and works in Hanko where she photographs nature and landscapes. Her work can be found in several collections in Finland and abroad.
Pontus Kyander is a Finnish-born writer and curator. He was based in Sweden as an art critic and freelance curator from 1994 to 2008. Formerly the director of Trondheim kunstmuseum and Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, both in Norway, Kyander has also held the position of Public Art Manager in Auckland, New Zealand, and been a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, South Korea.