Taidegrafiikan tapa olla – materiality, collaboration and agency

Jenni Rahkonen, untitled, serigraphy on handmade paper, 37x47,5cm, 2020. Photo: Petri Summanen

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the amount of visitors is restricted to a maximum of 5 visitors at a time.

“Taidegrafiikan tapa olla – materiality, collaboration, and agency” is an exhibition that investigates both the essence of printmaking and themes that are perceived as novel, current, and fundamental from the perspective of the entire field.

When one approaches art from the perspective of new materialism, the questions examined make a gradual transition from one’s personal practice to more general, ethical, and ecological themes, and then back again to the materiality of the medium. What does it mean to say that the material becomes both a topic and an active agent together with the artist?

The theme of cooperation is made visible in the exhibition through examples that are topical in different ways. The participating artists are alumni and students of the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki.


Pernilla Grönberg, Johannes Heikkilä, Kristian Jalava, Celeen Mahe, Jenni Rahkonen, Harriina Räinä, Laura Vainikka, and the participants in Mia Seppälä's course "Slow selfie".

Freedom of the press

Yvonne Billimore, Anna Bredenberg, Sonja Donner, Toni Elg, Johanna Heikkilä, Essi Immonen, Tuuli Ojala, Mimma Tuomisalo ja Maria Valkeavuolle & Visiting professor Ciara Phillips.

Devotions upon emergent occasions

Miina Aho, Maria Erikson, Johanna Heikkilä, Inma Herrera, Erja Huovila, Tatu Liimatainen, Ignacio, López Olivares, Celeen Mahé, Tuuli Ojala, Laura Pakarinen, Ari Pelkonen, Emma Peura, Jenni Rahkonen, Harriina Räinä, Mia Seppälä, Suvi Sysi, Emilia Tanner, Milla Toukkari, Laura Vainikka, Anniina Vainionpää, Emma Valkama, Annu Vertanen.

Symposium 6.2.2021

On line -symposium and book launch on Sat, February 6, 10am-4pm. Talks in Finnish will be translated into English. More info soon.

A Symposium open to everyone will be held on Saturday, February 6th, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm in connection with the Taidegrafiikan tapa olla - materiality, collaboration and agency -exhibition at the Exhibition Laboratory.

The symposium raises current themes in contemporary art in general as well as in printmaking - materiality, co-operation, as well as remarks on the nature and special quality of printmaking art. The symposium offers a series of lectures as well as speeches from various actors in the field of contemporary art and printmaking. At the end of the day, a new publication in the Academy of Fine Arts' Publication Series will be released: Printed matter – Merkitysten kerroksia.

The event is carried out entirely remotely via Zoom. You need to register to participate the event. After registration you will get a personal link and password to attend the Symposium to your email from the host.

The language of the symposium is Finnish. English interpretation is available. Please indicate the need for interpretation in the Comments & Questions field when registering!

Register for the event.


10-10.30 Opening and introductions, the exhibition Taidegrafiikan tapa olla – materiality, collaboration and agency, symposium presentation

10.30-11.10. Mia Seppälä: "Slow selfie - Woodcut as a platform for digital and physical space'

11.10.-11.50 Emma Peura and Athanasía Aarniosuo responded to the invitation sent to the Association of Finnish Printmakers. "Can a printmaker break boundaries?"

11.50 -12.30 Laura Vainikka: "Dreamer's Atlas - reflections on the process and distances of printing"

12.30-13.00 lunchbreak

13.00 -13.50 "On collaboration". Hanna Kuusela's talk is related to the present exhibition and the collaborative works.

13.50 – 14.30 Annu Vertanen: "On materiality in printmaking"

Break 10min

14.40 -15.20 Martta Heikkilä: "Graphic traces of images"

15.20-16.00 Book release of “Printed matters – Merkitysten kerroksia”

Exhibition Laboratory

Merimiehenkatu 36 C

00150, Helsinki

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