Helsinki Pride: Paneldiskussion

To 27.6.2019 kl. 18–20

Paneldiskussion Queer Notes on Art and Migration leds av Abdullah Qureshi från Aalto-universitetet. I Ateneumsalen, fritt inträde. Språk är engelska. 

Se också queerguidningen i Historier inom finsk konst kl. 17.

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.

The speakers

Hanna Ohtonen is a curator and writer based in Helsinki, Finland. Together with Selina Väliheikki they form feminist curatorial duo nynnyt that have for the past five years been working on a research project called What Can Feminism Do?, aiming to smash art world patriarchy for good. Currently nynnyt are working within Support Structures Collective, setting up a feminist culture house in Helsinki. In addition to this, Ohtonen is actively thinking about queer gendered identities and autobiographical feminism, occasionally also writing about them. They have written, among others, for the Finnish art publications EDIT, Taide and Mustekala; and worked for art organisations such as Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki and Aalto University. Ohtonen has graduated from Aalto University in Helsinki with an MA in Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (2015); and from Central Saint Martins in London with an MA in Fine Art (2006).

Marianne Niemelä is an art historian and curator based in Helsinki. 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 the 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, whose practice employs cross-cultural encounters to interrogate issues of diaspora in post- and settler-colonial contexts. She completed her BA in the History of Art and her MA in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices from the University of Winnipeg. During her MA, Bhangu served as a graduate researcher for Thinking Through the Museum, a research cluster that sought to make difficult historical and cultural issues accessible to the public through critical inquiry. Her written work has appeared in academic and public journals, including Black Flash, gal-dem, Moveable Type: The University College London English Journal, Public Parking, Uncommon Sense, and C Magazine. In 2018, she began her PhD in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York University as an Edward S. Rogers Graduate Fellow.

The host

Abdullah Qureshi (b. Lahore, 1987) is an 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.

Qureshi’s work has been exhibited internationally, and he has held numerous positions at cultural and educational institutions including the British Council and the National College of Arts, Lahore. In 2017, Qureshi received the Art and International Cooperation fellowship at Zurich University of the Arts. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Aalto University in Finland and Research Fellow at the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research, Boston.


Bild: Finlands Nationalgalleri / Mika Väyrynen