Artist Henni Alftan is interested in the mimetic relation of paint as material and the image. She wants to discover the moment when the mere paint on canvas transforms into a resemblance of an object – when our gaze interprets and forms the mix of materials into an idea.
Minna Pöllänen’s practice maneuvers between photography, site-specific works and participatory projects, often times combining elements from each method. Her thematic focus is on the perception of place and landscape and on the different ways in which environments are perceived, stereotyped and commodified.
Main subjects of Maija Blåfield’s work are the various ways of interpreting reality and exploring the fantastic side of our everyday life – the momentary glimpses from another world amidst the mundane. She works with experimental documentary film, writing and photography, always bringing together documentary and fiction in one way or another.
For many, the international icon of Finnish architecture in the 1960s was Alvar Aalto and his modernistic work. Among his contemporaries, Reima and Raili Pietilä also stand out as an influential, internationally recognized architect-couple. Architect Kristo Vesikansa is doing his doctoral thesis on the impact the husband and wife had on the international architectural landscape of the 60s and the 70s.
An old saying from the 1930’s functionalist era tells us that “a room that doesn’t get sunlight, gets the doctor.” Recent studies show that this seems to be the case, especially when it comes to building hospitals and sanatoriums. Architect Alli Perttunen is working on these same principals as she designs the interiors and the public spaces for a new hospital in Jyväskylä.