Participatory practice: art that creates shared experiences

  • Anne Siirtola
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  • Living Villages, 2014-2015
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  • Living Villages, 2014-2015
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  • Living Villages, 2014-2015
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The Institute of Finland in St Petersburg, Bolshaya Konyushennaya, 8
02.11.2016 - 18:00
Related project: 
Participatory Art Practice: Creating Shared Experiences
Pubic talk by Anne Siirtola (Finland)

as a part of the public program of the fourth season of 'Critical Mass' 

November 2, 6 pm 
The Institute of Finland in St Petersburg
Bolshaya Konyushennaya, 8

The talk will be held in English, free entrance

Anne Siirtola combines installation, moving image and sound in her work in order to explore interaction and encounters between people. The foundation of her work lies in the communal. Traces of change and dissolution that can be identified in both the human mind and in the physical matter are visible in Siirtola’s work. The artist often  uses reused, second-hand or discarded, cast-off materials. Anne documents her own life and the life of others by asking what is worthy and important in life. She sees her role as an artist in acting as  a mediator or  a catalyst: “Sometimes even minor participation can be very remarkable for somebody and can give you a sense of inclusion and success’’, she says. 

In her talk Anne will speak about her finished and current projects including the project ‘Living Villages’ that took place in Karelia and brought together linguists, artists and local Russian and Karelian speaking communities. She will also present her work in progress ‘Family Stories’ based on the interviews with senior citizens in New York and will talk about the video project she will be working on together with young people of the youth club ‘Raduga’ in St Petersburg during her residency.


The fourth season of 'Critical Mass' is supported by:
Sector for Y​outh ​P​olicy and ​C​ollaboration with ​P​ublic ​O​rganizations of the Administration of the Petrogradskiy ​D​istrict
Nordic Culture Fund
FRAME Finnish Visual Art Foundation
Taiga Space