“Erkka and I became very close friends at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam during 2007–2008. We felt an immediate connection with each other’s works – a shared interest in a kind of bodily and mediated grotesque”, says artist Nathaniel Mellors.
Nathaniel Mellors and Erkka Nissinen will represent Finland at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 with The Aalto Natives exhibition, curated by Xander Karskens. We discussed about their forthcoming Biennale exhibition, why they admire each other’s artistic work – and which one is better at ping pong.
Frame is adopting a new name, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, that better reflects the foundation’s role and mission as an advocate for Finnish contemporary art both in Finland and internationally. The new name will not effect on Frame’s work or the genres of contemporary art supported under its grant programme.
Artists Henna-Riikka Halonen and Jenna Sutela have been selected for artist residencies in Britain in 2016. The residency programmes are co-organised by Frame and the Finnish Institute in London. Video and performance artist Henna-Riikka Halonen will work in the Wysing Poly residence at the Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridge. Jenna Sutela, who works mainly with performance, video and text, is participating the HereAfter residency programme at the White Building (SPACE) in London.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and Frame will partner in producing the Finnish exhibition for the Venice Biennale 2017. The partnership will further strengthen collaboration that has endured over the past two biennales in 2013 and 2015. It has been agreed preliminarily that Frame and Kiasma’s collaboration will continue also in 2019, when Frame is in charge of both Finland’s exhibition in the Alvar Aalto Pavilion and the joint exhibition with Norway and Sweden in the Nordic Pavilion.
Following its round of project grant applications in November 2015, Frame Visual Art Finland has awarded 100,780 euros in grants for international exhibitions, publications and visits by art professionals taking place in 2016. In February and March, Frame awarded a total of 29,490 euros in travel grants. Travel grants are awarded monthly for projects promoting international cooperation in Finnish visual arts.