Helsinki Biennial will present 41 international artists or groups of artists from both Finland and around the world. The artists have been invited to come to Vallisaari and create new site-specific and temporary artworks or to exhibit existing artworks that will engage in a dialogue with the island.
Presented by Helsinki Art Museum (HAM), the biennial is directed by HAM director Maija Tanninen-Mattila, and curated by HAM’s head curators Pirkko Siitari and Taru Tappola.
Mutual dependence is the main theme of the Helsinki Biennial 2021. Each thing and action has an impact on something else and supports the entirety. The title for the inaugural Helsinki Biennial is The Same Sea.
“The ecological crisis means we are now on the cusp of enormous changes and this is defining our common future everywhere. The biennial’s subtitle, The Same Sea, refers to this situation, which concerns everyone but affects different places in different ways. Like the sea, it is a complex, inconstant entirety that bypasses all boundaries and appears different depending on the perspective,” the curators say.