Nuño de la Serna(b. 1992, Spain)
Nuño de la Serna Vicente is a Spanish Berlin-based artist focusing on the intersection between art and technology. He grew up as a nomad, constantly moving between cities. His collection of diverse lifestyles and experiences during a young age gave him an eclectic character that influences his work.
Mixing multiple art disciplines with inventive ways of using technology, Nuño tries to improve the coexistence between humans and technology. His creative process acknowledges the importance of the fair use of resources and free access to knowledge and information. Nuño creates artworks that are born from foundational curiosity and resonate with complex contemporary issues.
In 2017, he started his art career and committed to building communities for independent artists, free thinkers, engineers and scientists. He is currently member of the Lacuna Lab collective, co-organizer of the Creative Code Berlin and founder of the / niːviːili / art platform.
In the installation piece “Correlation Waves” Nuño juxtaposes the human experiences of the climate crisis with the Covid-19 pandemic to highlight how we can use the hindsight of latter to view the climate crisis from a future perspective. The work is a part of the festivals main exhibition at Vesijärvenkatu 20.
You can find out more about the work, its themes and the working process behind it from the festival podcast. In the episode below you get to know what inspired Nuño to build “Correlation Waves”.
Miia Autio(b. 1986, Finland)
Miia Autio is a visual artist with a background in documentary photography. She is interested in interaction, conversation and collaboration as part of her artistic practice. She often works with invisibility, subjects on the outskirts of society and the ontology of photography and knowledge.
Autio holds a BA in photography from the Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts and Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. At the moment she is finishing her masters studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. Her works have been exhibited in multiple solo and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad.
Autios piece “Geological Observer” deals with the themes of technology and relations between human and non-human entities. The work is a part of the festivals main exhibition at Vesijärvenkatu 20.
You can find out more about the work, its themes and the working process behind it from the festival podcast. In the episode below Miia describes how she negotiates with a place or a stone.
(Episode is spoken in Finnish)
Ismail Odetola(b. 1996, Nigeria)
Ismail Odetola (b. 1996, Lagos) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice focuses on ecological justice and socioeconomic and political issues. His career as an artist could be dated back to 2015, when as a young photographer he roamed the streets of Lagos in search of images. Later he earned a certificate in radio production from the national broadcast academy FRCN in Lagos, Nigeria and another certificate in entrepreneurship from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.
His work has been exhibited internationally and he has received a number of awards for his work, such as the Nasser Bin Hamad International Youth Creativity Award (2018). His work has been shortlisted for the German Peace Prize in Photography (2019). He will be the artist in residency at Dogo Residence for New Art in Lichtenstein, Switzerland from October till November 2022, where he will be working on the theme “Home”.
In the series “planet” Odetola explores the role of media representations and climate emotions in bringing about climate justice and action. The work is a part of the festivals main exhibition at Vesijärvenkatu 20.
You can find out more about the work, its themes and the working process behind it from the festival podcast. In the episode below Ismail talks about the climate crisis and how he interprets the emotions caused by it in his work.
Jukka Silokunnas(b. 1982, Finland)
Jukka Silokunnas is a visual artist working with video, animation, performance, photography and graffiti. Since early childhood he has been particularly fond of two things: breaking objects and making a mess. As a child he was often told off, but today not so much. His practice is defined by a close relationship with space. Instead of a fixed workspace he seeks out intermediate spaces, where dimensions and ideas don’t get outlined by walls.
Silokunnakses works have been exhibited in significant exhibitions in Finland and abroad. He has also received multiple recognitions for his stop motion -animations. In the future he is going to carry on working as an instrument of entropy.
The work “transporter” depicts the dissolution of a van through stop motion -animation. During the festival the work will be exhibited in a yet undisclosed space in the center of Lahti.
You can find out more about the work, its themes and the working process behind it from the festival podcast. In the episode below Jukka describes how he was able to make an entire Volkswagen Transporter disappear.
(Episode is spoken in Finnish)
Sophie Allerding(b. 1993)
Sophie Allerding is an artist, visual storyteller and feminist based in Germany and the Netherlands. Her work often contains elements of myths and explores themes such as identity, nature and the unknown. She is motivated by personal questions and experiences and influenced by her Latin American roots, especially when it comes to a magical way to perceive reality.
She works mainly with the medium of photography where her enthusiasm lies in creating surreal scenery with a medium that mostly triggers the perception of an authentic representation of the truth. At the moment she is finishing her masters studies at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague.
In the work “Waterland '', Allerding gazes at the rising sea levels in the Netherlands through the figure of the mermaid. The work is a part of the festivals main exhibition at Vesijärvenkatu 20.
You can find out more about the work, its themes and the working process behind it from the festival podcast. In the episode below we talk with Sofie about the ocean, mermaids, and the power of photographs.
Minna Rainio & Mark Roberts(b. 1974, Finland & 1970, England)
Minna Rainio and Mark Roberts create moving image installations and short films that deal with topics such as migration and climate change through their impact on people’s individual experiences and histories. Most of their works use the form of documentary fiction to confront the audience and destabilize perceived boundaries and perceptions of time, space, and society.
Rainio and Roberts’s films have been widely exhibited in Finland, Europe, the United States and South America, and have been shown in the official selections of numerous international film festivals. Their newest film won the Risto Jarva award at Tampere Film Festival in 2020.
Their new short film “To Teach a Bird to Fly” (2020) looks at climate change and bird extinction. As part of the festival the movie will be screened at Rautatienkatu 11.
You can find out more about the work, its themes and the working process behind it from the festival podcast. In the episode below Minna talks about how she and Mark ended up working with on a story about an endangered bird species, and what the films has to say about the future.
(Episode is spoken in Finnish)