Thu 27 June 2019, from 18:00 to 20:00
Queer Notes on Art and Migration, a panel discussion hosted by Abdullah Qureshi, Aalto University. At the Ateneum Hall, free admission. In English.
Responding to Ateneum’s collection and how national identities are constructed through exhibition making, this panel brings forward queer and migratory perspectives to imagine ways of opening up museums and experiences within it. Part of the Helsinki Pride programme.
* Hanna Ohtonen is a curator and writer. Together with Selina Väliheikki they form a feminist curatorial duo nynnyt. For the past five years, nynnyt has been working on a research project called ‘What Can Feminism Do?’, aiming to smash art world patriarchy for good.
* Marianne Niemelä is an art historian and curator. She is currently the artistic director at the Museum of Impossible Forms culture center in Kontula, Helsinki. Her practice involves operating in the crossings of art, politics, and activism, with a focus on queer and feminist concerns.
* Anu Utriainen is a senior researcher and curator at Ateneum Art Museum. She has worked as a curator in many of Ateneum’s recent exhibitions, e.g. Modern Woman, Urban Encounters and Tuulikki Pietilä. She is one of the curators of the exhibition Creating the Self, to be exhibited at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn from December 2019 onwards.
* Noor Bhangu is a curator and scholar of South Asian descent based in Toronto/Tkaronto. Her practice employs cross-cultural encounters to interrogate issues of the diaspora in post- and settler-colonial contexts.
* Abdullah Qureshi, artist, educator, and cultural producer. Within his practice, he is interested in using painting to address personal histories, traumatic pasts, and childhood memories. Through his research, he examines formations of queer identity and resistance in Muslim contexts.
Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Mika Väyrynen