Gustafsson&Haapoja’s collaboration was launched in 2012. The project began by exploring history and society from the perspective of other species, and has progressed to dismantling the concepts of human and animal and how they relate to the mechanisms of racialisation, sexism and social exclusion. The idea of utopia or the possibility of a different world features in all of Gustafsson&Haapoja’s work. A new project Becoming explores how the way of being a human should be adapted so that it enables a more sustainable relationship with the world.
Gustafsson&Haapoja’s art inhabits the mediums of installation and video art, conceptual art and performance. Visual artist Terike Haapoja (b. 1974) and author, scriptwriter and playwright Laura Gustafsson (b. 1983) combine poetry with a documentary approach in their work. The artists’ theatre backgrounds are also often visible in the works. The collaboration also highlights the importance of connecting the projects with the surrounding reality through essays, discussions and activism.
Gustafsson&Haapoja’s Museum of Becoming exhibition, which will open in spring 2020, is part of the Helsinki Biennial programme that will be presented at HAM.