Participants selected for a research trip to the Performa Biennale

Frame will organise a research trip to New York in November 2023 as part of the Finnish Pavilion Without Walls programme at the Performa Biennale. The participants were selected through an open call organised in May. The call was open to Finland-based art professionals and curators specialised in performance art and live art.

The selected participants for the research trip are Elisa Itkonen, Director of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival, Leena Kela, artist and Artistic Director of the New Performance Turku Biennale, Maija Mustonen, curator and artist, Stéphane Querrec, Director of PALO Art Productions, and Satu Oksanen, curator of Kiasma, who is partly supported by the Finnish National Gallery. The group will also be joined by contemporary art professionals who will cover their travel expenses themselves or through their organisation.

Altogether 22 applications were submitted for the study trip. The applications were evaluated by a working group consisting of Juha Huuskonen, HIAP’s Director, Johanna Tuukkanen, Cultural Director of the City of Oulu, and Jaakko Uoti, Frame’s Grant Coordinator.

The primary purpose of the trip is to provide an opportunity for the participants to take part in Performa Biennial’s events, see live performances and build relationships with local contemporary art organisations and professionals. Participants gain insight into the scene of contemporary performance art by meeting artists, curators and institutions while mapping out possible collaborations for future projects. The trip is a continuation of a series of study trips organised by Frame since 2016.

The programme of the Finnish Pavilion Without Walls will be announced in September.

Madeline Hollander, Review, 2021. Performa Commission for the Performa 2021 Biennal. Photo © Walter Wlodarczyk, Courtesy of Performa.