The winner of the Artproof Grant Finland 2017 is a Helsinki-based artist Mikko Haiko (b.1984, Lemi). The exhibition will be opened on the Wednesday May 23rd at the Art Fair Finland in Cable Factory, Helsinki. His works are on display during the event May 24 – 28 at Merikaapelihalli.
Mikko Haiko´s series Solar explores the relationship between man and environment and incompleteness. ”Feels like sometimes I loose the connection with the environment, I get stuck in my mind and I fear mistakes. As a counterword to the these symptoms I make trips to periferic regions to quiet down and to be connected with the landscape.” In his works Haiko shows the error. He exposes his negatives to bright sunlight. ”Taking photographs becomes a mental exercise. I drop control and call for chance to co-operate with me. Incompleteness and accepting mistakes become an essential part of the work, Haiko describes.
Currently Haiko is finishing his Master of Arts degree in Aalto University. His works have been exhibited in solo and group shows both in Finland and abroad. In 2014 he was one of the Fotofinlandia -finalists. In summer 2017 Haiko´s works can be seen in ”Faces of Carelia” – group show in Lappeenranta Art Museum.
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Artproof Grant Finland is given out for the second time and the grant is 5000€ for the production of art works. The jury consisted of the Member of Photographic Artists’ Association Viivi Nieminen, the previous winner of Artproof Grant Hanna Rast, Varpu Lukka of the Artist Association MUU and Taavi Rekkaro from Artproof.
New deadline for Artproof Grant is 9th March 2017.
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Competition For Young Artists
Artproof hereby announces the young artist competition Artproof Grant Finland 2017, which is being awarded for the second time in Finland. The winner of the competition will receive a grant valued at €5000 for the production of works in Artproof.
For the first time Artproof grant competition is open for young artists from all different fields. This means that printmakers, painters, photographers and new-media artists are welcome to send their project.
The grant includes the compilation of works for exhibition with professional printing services and, set-up and transport services for the exhibition itself.
A public exhibition with the winner’s works will take place in Art Fair Suomi event in May 2017, in Cable Factory, Helsinki. The aim of the exhibition is to showcase and promote the work of the young artist, the winner of Artproof Grant Finland 2017.
The competition is organised in co-operation with Photographic Artists’ Association and Muu Artist Association.
For more info, click Grant Finland link on the left of the screen.
“Sigrid Viir ‘Hans55’ detail of photo installation”
In 2016 Artproof improved their grant format and offered Temnikova & Kasela gallery an opportunity to select a project that will be supported and carried out as part of ”Artproof Grant Estonia 2016″.
The scholarship is worth 5,000 euros and the funds cover the production of Sigrid Viir’s and Jimmy Limit’s new works for the exhibition “Import Export” at Temnikova & Kasela gallery. Artproof Estonian scholarship is organised in collaboration with Hahnemühle.
Olga Temnikova from Temnikova & Kasela Gallery said: “Sigrid Viir and Canadian Estonian Jimmy Limit collaboration is high-quality, ambitious, international and based on photo medium, that perfectly fits with the conceptual profile of Artproof. I am very happy that we have Artproof, who understands the project and can carrie out/manage the production creatively and professionally.”
Sigrid Viir’s and Jimmy Limit’s exhibition “Import Export” talks about import and export in a general commercial sense, alluding to the transportation of art works and artists from one continent to another, customs procedures, and the mass migration of people and files. The title of the exhibition also refers to photography, the widespread use and distribution of photographs, and digital importing and exporting.
Estonian artist Sigrid Viir’s artistic practice often deals with photography, and installation as a sculptural form. Here, she exhibits a photographic installation using as her material a photo of Surma people in Ethiopia found on the Internet, Polish apples bought in a store, and loosely arranged snow. The visual narrative of the exhibition, which leans towards the fantastical while concerned with current political issues, focuses on the idea of the exotic in the context of import and export, of photography as a transformer of reality, and of the relationship between market and demand.
Jimmy Limit, a photographer and author of playful installations, is a Canadian-born artist with Estonian roots. In his art practice, Limit is interested in the immaterial everyday consumption of images and its consequences. When taking photos, his aim is to free the objects from their original function and conjure up new absurd forms that lack a specific purpose.
Temnikova & Kasela Gallery