Our Finish Partner ANTI Festival is about to open the door of its festival and to welcome a new lab at the Community centre of Pinari, in Kuopio. Artists from different artistic backgrounds and around the globe will work together for a week (21.-27.9.2018), in relationships to each other, the local environment and community, sharing practices and engaging members of the community in artistic interventions.
This year, ANTI Festival invited four international artists: Sanna From (FI), Riina Hannuksela (FI), Joseph Keckler (US) and Bart Witte (NL) and worked in partnership with creative facilitators of The Map Consortium (UK) and artists local to Kuopio: the dance artist Eevi Tolvanen and the visual artist Timo Kokko. The artists will use the “Pinari” community centre (in the Petonen district of Kuopio) as their creative space dedicated to expression and experimentation.
Have a look to their biography below:
• Sanna From (FI)
Sanna From is a dance artist concentrating on social possibilities in arts. She has been taking part in developing ways to utilize the expertise of dance artists in promotion of learning, social equality and wellbeing. Sanna is a graduated dance pedagogue (Danshögskolan 2000) and in 2014, she also studied in the ”Artist as Developer” programme of Theatre Academy of University of Arts, Helsinki. Currently, she is working as a director and choreographer in a project promoting immigrant youth’s integration through arts. Together with Riina Hannuksela she is developing practices based on game, play and multidisciplinary expression. Working with people with different backgrounds, she wants to create platforms for inspiration, equality and joy.
• Riina Hannuksela (FI)
Riina Hannuksela is a dance artist working for diversity and inclusion. She works outside art institutions, in public space and usually with non-professionals. She is inspired by everyday life and is always ready to play. Hannuksela has MA in Cultural History (2006) and BA in Dance Pedagogy (2010).In her artistic practice, she aims at improving equality between agencies of diverse abilities by co-creating and co-experiencing. She is curious about the surprise and the unpredictability brought to the artistic process by the surroundings and people.
• Joseph Keckler (US)
Joseph Keckler is singer, musician, writer and visual artist. He was recently described as a “major vocal talent who shatters the conventional boundaries of classical singing” by The New York Times and was once named the “Best downtown performance artist” in NYC by The Village Voice. He will appear in concert at Lincoln Center this fall, is currently under commission from Prototype Festival/HERE and FringeArts/Opera Philadelphia, and is completing several music, video, and television projects. Joseph’s music has been featured on WNYC and BBC America.
His essays, stories and writings on contemporary visual art have been published in Literary Hub, Hyperallergic, VICE and elsewhere and a collection of his writing, Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World was published by Turtle Point Press last year.
• Bart Witte (NL)
Bart Witte is a founding member of Expodium collective, educated as an artist in Genk, Utrecht and Melbourne. His work is concentrating on international networks, commissions and projects and developed systems to research specific local situations.
In addition, he is experienced in leading production of large scale artistic projects such as Impakt Festival and Hacking Habitat in Utrecht. Besides the activities in the cultural field Bart has taught at several art academies across the Netherlands; in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Den Bosch and Rotterdam. Bart’s interests lie in the field of the arts, practice based research, activating social structures, politics and urbanism. He is currently working as a senior project manager at Bak – a base for art, knowledge, and the political – in Utrecht.
• Eevi Tolvanen (FI)
Eevi Tolvanen is a dance artist based in Finland. She is teaching, performing, choreographing and working in the field of community art.
• Timo Kokko (FI)
Timo Kokko is a visual artist from Kuopio. He graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2014. The works in his exhibitions are often site-specific. Engaging the architecture of the gallery in a dialogue, they may only exist for the duration of the show. Often traces of the process of their making are left visible, or the process is made part of the exhibition.
Kokko investigates the nature of installation and sculpture through a play of materials, immateriality, space and perception.