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Fiskars Village: the New Art & Design Biennale

This new art & design Biennal in Fiskars -located in the south of Finland- engages local and international artists, designers, and creatives.

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This spring the new art and design event Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale has opened its doors at the village of Fiskars. In this historical ironworks village located in the south of Finland three main exhibitions, the event combines contemporary art and design and engages local and international artists, designers, and creatives. Which will be open until September 15.

The village of Fiskars will be immersed in art, design, music, and creativity. Ultimately, it is a must destination for all art and design enthusiasts. Moreover, tourists interested in discovering the beautiful area and its history. The program includes a cultural sauna, art and yoga sessions, children’s events, concerts, and a series of open studios as well as unique performances by remarkable artists of the likes of Dambi Kim and Elina Minn.

As part of the festival program, Korean tea artist Dambi Kim will host a limited number of intimate tea ceremonies and incense-making workshops between the 12th and 14th of July. The artist tries to deliver serenity and transience of life through tea, incense, words and sounds offering a minimum of visual distractions and emphasizing all the other senses of the human body.

On the 24th and 25th of August, artist Elina Minn and her working group aim to develop a new version of their eco somatic gathering, Hydra. It is a shared speculative fiction of the future body, where participants can experience themselves as hybrids in the Hydra symbiont hatchery in a performance consisting of bodywork and touch.

The Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale offers three exhibitions: Social Seating, curated by Jasper Morrison, exhibits benches designed by 18 international designers such as Martino Gamper, Hugo Passos, Wataru Kumano, and Maria Jeglinska. Factory, curated by Anniina Koivu, explores design in relation to new and traditional manufacturing processes, and the contemporary art exhibition Beings with by Jenni Nurmenniemi explores togetherness and coexistence.

The creators of art and design have all been carefully selected by the curators, introducing visitors to almost 100 international artists and designers. It emphasizes the principles of diversity and sustainable development. Other than that, it offers a unifying experience asking whether the different disciplines can benefit and learn from each other.
The exhibition’s narratives have been gathered together into the Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale 2019 Catalogue, which will be published and ready to order in July 2019. The Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale is a unique combination of art and design, which offers fresh and diverse cultural experiences throughout the summer. Find out more about the exhibitions and the parallel program at www.fiskarsvillagebiennale.com.

Cover photo: The Threshing House exhibition venue in Fiskars Village by Fiskars Village.

Factoryphotocredits:Onoma/TopiPakarinen.

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