Welcome to a seminar about the relationship of artists and curators.

This seminar will focus on the relationships between artists and curators. From viewing these relationships through the perspective of power dynamics, care, and sharing, the discussions during the seminar will raise questions about how artists and curators, as cultural agents, shape, manage, and nurture these collaborative relationships. The broader themes of Out of the Metropolis project will also enrich these dialogues, linking artist-curator relations with topics like social and environmental sustainability, as well as the unique aspects of photography curating. 

This second seminar program will feature lectures by guest speakers, a panel discussion, and a day of portfolio reviews with artists and curators. Artists invited to the portfolio review day will be selected through an open call. The program is open to all and free of charge. Details about the speakers and the program will be published at the end of December 2023. The seminar program will be conducted in English and will take place at the Finnish Museum of Photography on February 15-16, 2024. 

The program is open to all and free of charge. For accessibility information about The Finnish Museum of Photography, please visit valokuvataiteenmuseo.fi/en/visit-us/accessibility.   

Place: The Finnish Museum of Photography, Kaapeliaukio 3, Helsinki, Finland  

PROGRAM: Artists and Curators Working Together: How and With Whom?

February 15, 2024


10:15-10:30 Welcome and Introduction
10:30-11:30 with Q&A Keynote by Tanvi Mishra
11:30- 12:30 with Q& A Artists and Curators - working with equity
Maija Karhunen
and Satu Herrala in dialogue, moderated by Orlan Ohtonen

12:30-13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:30 with Q& A : Artists and Curators - working with communities
Wisam Elfadl
and Wanda Holopainen in dialogue, moderated by Päiviö Maurice Omwami

14:30 – 15:30 with Q& A Artists as Curators - working double roles
Kosminen Collective
and Lahti Association of Photographic Artists in dialogue, moderataed by Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger

15:30-16:45 with Q& A Collaboration of Artists and Curators – OTM Case Studies Dialogues with Steffi Klenz and Michael Raymond, Batia Sutter and Francesca Marcaccio, Bogdan Chthulu Smith and Taous Dahmani

16:45 – 17:00 Final Greetings


The Finnish Museum of Photography invites artists to apply for the portfolio review event, which will be held at the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki on February 16, 2024. This open call is for artists who work with lens-based and expanded photography practices.The portfolio review event aims to provide a platform for artists to connect with curators and fellow artists, fostering dialogues and potential collaborations. We hope this portfolio review will serve as a common ground where we can listen, share, comment, and support each other across schools, artist studios, and art institutions.  The portfolio review day will host a total of 25 artists and 10 curators. We will invite curators from Finland and abroad and will publish their names at the end of December. There will be two sessions of portfolio reviews, each lasting two hours; artists will join both sessions. During each session, artists will present their works to two curators and four fellow artists. The presentation will be in English. During the day, the artists will show their works to four curators and 8 fellow artists. The day will conclude with artists collectively showcasing their portfolios to all participants.

The selection of artists for this event will be made by The Finnish Museum of Photography through the open call. In the section process, we will do our best to match the interests of invited curators and selected artists. Participation in the portfolio review is free for artists, and we will provide evening refreshments for both artists and curators.  

The deadline for the applications is Thursday, November 30, 2023 (11:59 pm, GMT+3).   

Seminar #2 ARTISTS AND CURATORS WORKING TOGETHER: HOW AND WITH WHOM? February 15th-16th 2024 Helsinki, Finland.

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