CV

born in Turku, Finland 1965

Contact

saara.ekstrom@jippii.fi
+358(0)400-615460

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019   Amnion, Ars Nova Museum of History and Contemporary Art, Turku, Finland
2018   Amnion, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
2018   Body All Eyes, Gallery Sinne, Helsinki, Finland
2017   Amplifier, Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland
2016   Alchemy, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland
2016   Alchemy, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
2015   Charm, Teos, Helsinki, Finland
2014   Careless Water, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
2014   The Ever Changing Portrait – feat. Saara Ekström, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2014   Limbus, Atalante, Gothenburg, Sweden
2013   Hortus Conclusus, Turun Castle, Turku, Finland
2012   Faraway, Helsinki City Art Museum, Kontti, Helsinki, Finland
2012   Limbus, Åland Museum of Art, Mariehamn, Finland
2011   Limbus, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
2011   Limbus, Kuntsi, Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland
2011   Rosario, Turku Castle, part of the Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture, Finland
2010   Excess and Ascesis, Gallery Kalhama&Piippo, Helsinki
2009   Changers, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
2008   A Single Charm is Doubtful, Galerie Centrum, Graz, Austria
2008   Liquid Life, The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden
2008   Explaining Darkness, Turku Art Museum, Studio, Turku, Finland
2007   No Body, gallery Ama, Helsinki, Finland
2007   Nothing Elegant, HIAP – Project Room, Cablefactory, Helsinki, Finland
2007   Invisible, 300 m3 Art Space, Gothenburg, Sweden
2006   Gallery Husa, Tampere, Finland
2005   Visitation, Gallery Artina, Helsinki, Finland
2005   Grotesque & Arabesque, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2004   The Last Branch, Forum Box, Helsinki, Finland
2004   Taste me, Gallery Ama, Turku, Finland
2003   Mnemonic, Pori Art Museum, Finland
2002   Mothers of Pearl, Gallery Husa, Tampere, Finland
2001   Flight, Gallery Kari Kenetti, Helsinki, Finland
2001   Nursery, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland
2001   faith/hope/charity, Retretti Art Center, Punkaharju, Finland
2000   Seascape, The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden
1999   Rosary, project room X, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
1999   Skin in Bloom, Kakelhallen, Mariehamn, Åland
1998   Carnation, Gallery 54, Gothenburg, Sweden
1998   A Rose is Sorrows, Galleria G, Helsinki, Finland
1997   Hanging Gardens, Turku Art Museum, Finland
1997   Bonded, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, AZ, USA
1996   Votives, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, USA
1996   Anatomy of Love, Galleria Titanik, Turku, Finland
1996   Fragments, Gallerie Slunkariki, Isafjord, Islanti
1994   l’adoration, TML-Galleria, Helsinki

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019   Videonale 17 – Refracted Realities, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
2019   Earth Rights, Turku Art Hall, Turku, Finland
2019   Four Elements, Turku Art Museum, Finland
2018   No Ordinary Moments, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
2017   Classics, Helsinki Contemporary, Finland
2017   Abundance and Ephemerality, Kadriord Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2017   Nature Morte, Guildhall Art Gallery, London, GB
2017   Nature Morte, National Museum, Four Dome Pavilion, Wroclaw, Poland
2016   Kiasma’s Collection Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
2016   Growth, Fiskars, Finland
2016   Luscious Thrills, Gammel Holtegaard, Denmark
2016   Nature Morte, Konsthallen Bohuslän Museum, Uddevalla, Sweden
2016   15 Rooms, Ars Nova, Turku, Finland
2016   Second Coming, gallery 3h + k, Pori, Finland
2015   Art on Paper/Art Fair, Richard Levy Gallery, NYC, USA
2015   Blommor, Millesgården, Lidingö, Sweden
2014   ISCP Fall Open Studios, Brooklyn, NYC, USA
2014   Art Miami, Richard Levy Gallery, Miami, USA
2014   The Big Picture, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2014   Agitations, Salo Art Museum, Finland
2013   Street Life, Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland
2013   The Seventh Wave – Wihuri and Visual Art, Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland
2013   A Line In Water, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Hyvinkää, Finland
2012   Alice in Wonderland, ECCO, Espacio de Creación Contemporánea, Cádiz, Spain
2012   Festival Voies Off Arles 2012, Family Business – La Photographie du Nord en 3 actes, Arles, France
2012   The Seventh Wave – Wihuri and Visual Art, Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland
2012   Taste and Form, Fiskars, Finland
2011   Reflective Shadow, Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund, Denmark
2011   Alice in Wonderland, Logomo / The Finnish Museum of Photography, Turku, Finland (catalogue)
2011   Sijamuotoja, Purnu Art Centre, Orivesi, Finland
2011   Halikonlahti Green Art, Salo Art Museum, Salo, Finland
2011   Kaunas Photo Festival, BLC-Hall, Kaunas, Lithuania
2011   Flower!, Dalslands Art Museum, Åsensbruk, Sweden
2011   Carnegie Art Award 2010, Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland
2010   Carnegie Art Award 2010:
Listasafn Islands, Reykjavik, Iceland;
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden;
Kunsternes Hus, Oslo, Norway;
796 Art Space, Bejing, China;
Royal College of Art, London, England;
Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland
2010   Reykjavik Art Festival, Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland
2010   Memory Traces, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany; Galerie Kuma, Berlin, Germany
2010   Art Paris + Guests/ Gallery Kalhama&Piippo Contemporary, Grand Palais, Paris, France
2010   Dallas Art Fair/Richard Levy Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA
2009   Carnegie Art Award 2010, Kunsthalle Charlottenburg, Copenhagen, Denmark
2009   Glow, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, USA
2009   Pulse NY/Richard Levy Gallery, New York City, USA
2009   Finnish Contemporary Art, Gothenburg Art Museum, Sweden
2009   Four Finnish Cut Outs, Borås Art Museum, Borås, Sweden
2009   Performances, Savonlinna Temporary/Kalhama&Piippo Contemporary, Finland
2009   Surface – Turku Biennial, Ars Nova & Aboa Vetus, Turku, Finland
2009   Ecology of the Emotions, Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä, Finland
2009   Visuell Förvirring, Åland Art Museum, Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
2008   Incertitude de la Vision, Tour&Taxis, Brussels, Belgium
2008   Persistance Des Rêves, Bibliothèque Mériadec, Bordeaux, France
2008   Visible – Invisible, Vaasa and Gothenburg Art Museums, Finland and Sweden
2008   Nature, Dalslands konstmuseum, Sweden
2008   Brave New World, Galerie Mánes, Prague, Czech Republic
2008   Blooming, Pro Artibus, Elverket, Tammisaari, Finland
2008   Art Fair Suomi 08, Cabel Factory, Helsinki
2008   The Flower, Kuopio Art Museum, Finland
2007   Sighing, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, New Zealand
2007   Wild – fantasy and architecture, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland
2007   Come Ashore, 12th international Environment Art Symposium,
2007   Geoje Art Center, South Korea
2007   Transparent, Fiskars, Finland
2007   Conversations, Kerava Art Museum, Finland
2007   In Between, The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden
2006   Light and Shadow, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
2006   Ephemeral – a flash for eternity, Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Japan
2006   Drawing Lust, – drawing in digital times, Kunsthalle Lophem, Belgium
2006   Beneath the surface, The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden
2005   Faunomania, Röda Sten, Gothenburg, Sweden
2005   Light Treatment, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland
2005   Sediments, Turku Art Museum, Turku, Finland
2004   Buitenspel, GEM – The Hague Museum of Contemporary Art, Netherlands
2004   Love Me or Leave Me, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland
2004   The Garden of Eden, Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland
2003   Night Train, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
2002   Ars Fennica 2002, Hämeenlinna and Lappeenranta Art Museums, Finland
2003   Natur, The Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland
2001   Sub Rosa, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark – Södertälje Art Hall, Sweden
2000   Happiness, Union Quartair, The Hague, Netherlands
1998   Tangents, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
1998   Collect, Union Quartair, The Hague, Netherlands
1997   Growth, Turku Art Museum, Finland
1996   Art Chicago ’96, International Artfair, Chicago Pier, USA
1996   Womens´ International Exhibition, Gallery Soho20, New York, USA
1996   Matrix International ’96, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA, USA
1995   Nordic Drawing Triennal, Sweden and Norway
1994   Paradise and Suffering, South Carelian Art Museum, Lappeenranta, Finland
1993   Crime Passionel, Gallery Fabriken, Gothenburg, Sweden

 

Film festivals and screenings

2019   Edinburgh IFF, Edinburgh, Scotland
2019   Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield, UK
2019   De Imagerie, Antwerpen, Belgium
2019   Suomalaisen Elokuvan Festivaali, Turku, Finland
2018   XV DocumentaMadrid, Madrid, Spain
2018   IFF Pacific Meridian, Vladivostok, Russia
2018   22nd International Video Festival Videomedeja, Novi Sad, Serbia
2018   Pori Film Festival, Pori, Finland
2018   Rex Fest, Bio Rex, Helsinki, Finland
2018   AV-arkki, ISFF Oberhausen, Germany
2017   Stage Festival, Vainio – Taanila – Ekström, Mika Vainio Tribute Screening, Korjaamo, Helsinki
2016   20. Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech
2012   Serial Sevens, collaboration with Francesca Verunelli and Kristiina Helin, Extreme –
The 56th International Festival of Contemporary Music, Venice, Italy
2012   Serial Sevens, collaboration with Francesca Verunelli and Kristiina Helin, Stuttgarter Sommerfest, Germany
2010   Public Screens, Stavanger, Norway
2010   Art Fair Suomi, MUU ry, Helsinki, Finland
2009   Subvision kunstfestival,Hamburg, Saksa Künstlerhaus Frise, Germany
2008   Festart08, Tampere Film Festival, Tr1, Rautahalli, Tampere, Finland
2008   VIEW08 – Festival of Finnish Media Art, Andorra, Helsinki, Finland
2007   Art Fair Suomi, MUU ry, Helsinki, Finland

 

Public Work

Strömberg elementary school, Sockenbacka, Helsinki
Arcada Nova, Helsinki
Tietotalo, Tampere Technical University, Tampere
City Library, Turku, Finland
OAMK, Polytechnic University, Oulu

 

Bibliography

Tutta Palin: Grotesque & Arabesque / “The Smiling Patograph”, 2005
Patrik Söderlund: Grotesque & Arabesque / “ Beneath the Tamarind Tree”, 2005
Petr Rehor: “Ornamentti on kuvakieli”, Taide, 1/ 2004, Art-Print Oy, 2004
Tomas Träskman: “ Mnemonic”, Pori Art Museum publications, Koteva, 2003
Berndt Arell: Ars Fennica 2002 / “Still life – life with death in it”, Art –Print Oy, 2002
Robert Storr: Ars Fennica Exhibition, 2002, www.arsfennica.fi
Charlotte Brandt, Pia Thunholm: Sub Rosa – Flowers in Contemporary Nordic Art / “Love, Eroticism, Happiness and Unhappiness”, Fihl-Jensen Grafisk Produktion A/S, 2001
Tuula Karjalainen, Berndt Arell: Seascape / “Om ingenting är svårt, hur skall du kunna känna lättnaden, tror du?”, Koteva, 2000

 

Work in Collections

(In Finland, unless otherwise mentioned)
Collections of the Finnish State, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki City Art Museum, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Pori Art Museum, Tampere Art Museum, Turku Art Museum, Kuopio Art Museum, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Saastamoinen foundation, Paulo foundation, Wihuri Foundation, Turku and Kaarina congregation, City of Kaarina, OP Bank Group, Turku, Åbo Akademi, Pro Artibus, Sampo-group, Collections of the Swedish State, Göteborgs Konstnämnd, Sweden, Nordic Watercolour Museum, Sweden, Northern Arizona University Art Museum, USA

 

Awards, Nominations and Honors

 

2018   AVEK Media Art Award
2017   Art Prize of Southwest Finland
2015   Arts Council of Finland, 5 year working grant
2014   Alfred Kordelin foundation: Grant for ISCP – artist in residence, Brooklyn, NYC, USA
2011   The Environmental Structure of the Year, honourable mention for the public work “Refrain”, Turku, Finland
2010   Nomination for Carnegie Art Award 2010, Sweden
2010-2011 Wihuri Foundation, studio award, Helsinki, Finland
2009-2013 Arts Council of Finland, 5-year working grant
2002   Nomination for Ars Fennica Prize
1996   Matrix international exhibition award, USA
1995   Finnish Art Foundation Award
1995   Stina Krook Foundation
1994   Aboa-award

 

Artist in Residence

2018  Youkobo Art Space – returnee residency program, Tokyo, Japan
2014   ISCP – International Studio and Curatorial Program, NYC, USA
2009   Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
2008   Cultural City Network, Graz, Austria
2006   Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori, Japan,
2003   Villa Lante, Rome, Italy,
2003   Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, Brooklyn, USA,
2007   HIAP, Helsinki, Finland