CV

born in Turku, Finland 1965

Contact

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

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021
  Biblion, EMMA Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
  The Shadow Cast by Time, Galleria Laikku, Tampere, Finland
2020
  Amnion, Vita Kuben, Umeå, Sweden
2019
  Amnion, Ars Nova Museum of History and Contemporary Art, Turku, Finland
2018
  Amnion, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
  Body All Eyes, Gallery Sinne, Helsinki, Finland
2017
  Amplifier, Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland
2016
  Alchemy, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland
  Alchemy, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
2015
  Charm, Teos, Helsinki, Finland
2014
  Careless Water, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  The Ever Changing Portrait – feat. Saara Ekström, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
  Limbus, Atalante, Gothenburg, Sweden
2013
  Hortus Conclusus, Turku Castle, Turku, Finland
2012
  Faraway, Helsinki City Art Museum, Kontti, Helsinki, Finland
  Limbus, Åland Museum of Art, Mariehamn, Finland
2011
  Limbus, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
  Limbus, Kuntsi, Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland
  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
  Liquid Life, The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden
  Explaining Darkness, Turku Art Museum, Studio, Turku, Finland
2007
  No Body, gallery Ama, Helsinki, Finland
  Nothing Elegant, HIAP – Project Room, Cablefactory, Helsinki, Finland
  Invisible, 300 m3 Art Space, Gothenburg, Sweden
2006
  Grotesque & Arabesque, Galeria do Lago, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  Gallery Husa, Tampere, Finland
2005
  Visitation, Gallery Artina, Helsinki, Finland
  Grotesque & Arabesque, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2004
  The Last Branch, Forum Box, Helsinki, Finland
  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
  Nursery, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland
  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
  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
  Fragments, Gallerie Slunkariki, Isafjord, Iceland
1994
  l’adoration, TML-Galleria, Helsinki

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021
  Wild/Schön, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany
  Liquid Modernity, Persons Projects, Berlin, Germany
  Chronotop Contemporary Art Festival, Vyborg, Russia
  Mayship, SÍM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
  Unmapping Futures, Museum of Impossible Forms, Helsinki, Finland
  VIDS 21 – media art, Lappeenranta Art Museum, Finland
  Vanitas, Turku Castle exhibitions, Turku, Finland

2020
  Meadow, Onoma, Fiskars, Finland
  Still Still Life, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
  Inanimate Life and Dead Nature, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
  Collected Secrets, Galleri Elverket, Ekenäs, Finland

2019
  Screen City Biennial 2019 – Ecologies, Lost, Found and Continued, Stavanger, Norway
  Videonale 17 – Refracted Realities, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
  The Non-Human Animal, Uppsala Art Museum, Uppsala, Sweden
  Silhouettes and Shadows, Kerava Art Museum, Finland
  Growth and Loss – Hair in Contemporary Art, Oulu Museum of Art, Finland
  Earth Rights, Turku Art Hall, Turku, Finland
  Four Elements, Turku Art Museum, Finland

2018
  Oceans of Time, The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Sweden
  No Ordinary Moments, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland

2017
  Classics, Helsinki Contemporary, Finland
  Abundance and Ephemerality, Kadriorg Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
  Nature Morte, Guildhall Art Gallery, London, GB
  Nature Morte, National Museum, Four Dome Pavilion, Wroclaw, Poland

2016
  Kiasma’s Collection Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
  Growth, Fiskars, Finland
  Luscious Thrills, Gammel Holtegaard, Denmark
  Nature Morte, Konsthallen Bohuslän Museum, Uddevalla, Sweden
  15 Rooms, Ars Nova, Turku, Finland
  Second Coming, gallery 3h + k, Pori, Finland

2015
  Art on Paper/Art Fair, Richard Levy Gallery, NYC, USA
  Blommor, Millesgården, Lidingö, Sweden

2014
  ISCP Fall Open Studios, Brooklyn, NYC, USA
  Art Miami, Richard Levy Gallery, Miami, USA
  The Big Picture, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
  Agitations, Salo Art Museum, Finland

2013
  Street Life, Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland
  The Seventh Wave – Wihuri and Visual Art, Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland
  A Line In Water, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Hyvinkää, Finland

2012
  Alice in Wonderland, ECCO, Espacio de Creación Contemporánea, Cádiz, Spain
  Festival Voies Off Arles 2012, La Photographie du Nord en 3 actes, Arles, France
  The Seventh Wave – Wihuri and Visual Art, Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland
  Taste and Form, Fiskars, Finland

2011
  Reflective Shadow, Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund, Denmark
  Alice in Wonderland, Logomo / The Finnish Museum of Photography, Turku, Finland
  Sijamuotoja, Purnu Art Centre, Orivesi, Finland
  Halikonlahti Green Art, Salo Art Museum, Salo, Finland
  Kaunas Photo Festival, BLC-Hall, Kaunas, Lithuania
  Flower!, Dalslands Art Museum, Åsensbruk, Sweden
  Carnegie Art Award 2010, Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland

2010
  Carnegie Art Award 2010 – Nordic Painting |Listasafn Islands, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland; The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
  Memory Traces, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany; Galerie Kuma, Berlin, Germany
  Art Paris + Guests/ Gallery Kalhama&Piippo Contemporary, Grand Palais, Paris, France
  Dallas Art Fair/Richard Levy Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA

2009
  Carnegie Art Award 2010, Kunsthalle Charlottenburg, Copenhagen, Denmark
  Glow, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, USA
  Pulse NY/Richard Levy Gallery, New York City, USA
  Finnish Contemporary Art, Gothenburg Art Museum, Sweden
  Four Finnish Cut Outs, Borås Art Museum, Borås, Sweden
  Performances, Savonlinna Temporary/Kalhama&Piippo Contemporary, Finland
  Surface – Turku Biennial, Ars Nova & Aboa Vetus, Turku, Finland
  Ecology of the Emotions, Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä, Finland
  Visuell Förvirring, Åland Art Museum, Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
  Incertitude de la Vision, Tour&Taxis, Brussels, Belgium

2008
  Persistance Des Rêves, Bibliothèque Mériadec, Bordeaux, France
  Visible – Invisible, Vaasa and Gothenburg Art Museums, Finland and Sweden
  Nature, Dalslands konstmuseum, Sweden
  Brave New World, Galerie Mánes, Prague, Czech Republic
  Blooming, Pro Artibus, Elverket, Tammisaari, Finland
  Art Fair Suomi 08, Cabel Factory, Helsinki
  The Flower, Kuopio Art Museum, Finland

2007
  Sighing, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, New Zealand
  Wild – fantasy and architecture, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland
  Come Ashore, 12th international Environment Art Symposium, Geoje Art Center, South Korea
  Transparent, Fiskars, Finland
  Conversations, Kerava Art Museum, Finland
  In Between, The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden

2006
  Light and Shadow, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
  Ephemeral – a flash for eternity, Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Japan
  Drawing Lust, – drawing in digital times, Kunsthalle Lophem, Belgium
  Beneath the surface, The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden

2005
  Faunomania, Röda Sten, Gothenburg, Sweden
  Light Treatment, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland
  Sediments, Turku Art Museum, Turku, Finland

2004
  Buitenspel, GEM – The Hague Museum of Contemporary Art, Netherlands
  Love Me or Leave Me, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland
  The Garden of Eden, Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland

2003
  Night Train, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
  Natur, The Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland

2002
  Ars Fennica 2002, Hämeenlinna and Lappeenranta Art Museums, Finland

2001
  Sub Rosa, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark – Södertälje Art Hall, Sweden

2000
  Happiness, Union Quartair, The Hague, Netherlands

1998
  Tangents, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
  Collect, Union Quartair, The Hague, Netherlands

1997
  Growth, Turku Art Museum, Finland

1996
  Art Chicago ’96, International Artfair, Chicago Pier, USA
  Womens´ International Exhibition, Gallery Soho20, New York, USA
  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

2021
  CPH:DOX Documentary Film Festival, nomination for New:Vision award, Copenhagen, Denmark
  IFF of Popular Science and Educational films, The World of Knowledge, St. Petersburg, Russia
  Shorts México – 16 Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes
  FLIGHT, Mostra internationale festival, Genova, Italy
  Love & Anarchy International Film Festival, additional program, Helsinki, Finland
  34 Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille, France
  ArchFilmLund, Lund, Sweden
  FRACTO Experimental Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
  ΠΛΑΤΦΟΡΜΕΣ Platforms Project 2021, MUU ry, Athens, Greece

2020
  Love & Anarchy IFF, Sight and Sound with Heikki Kossi, Finland
  33rd Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille, France
  50 Hz, Mika Vainio Hommage, Kiasma, Finland
  FLIGHT, Mostra internationale festival, Genova, Italy
  Revolutions Per Minute Film Festival, Boston, USA
  Melbourne Short Film Festival, Australia

2020
  33rd Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille, France

2019
  23. Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava, Czech
  Edinburgh IFF, Edinburgh, Scotland
  Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield, UK
  De Imagerie, Antwerpen, Belgium
  Suomalaisen Elokuvan Festivaali, Turku, Finland

2018
  XV DocumentaMadrid, Madrid, Spain
  IFF Pacific Meridian, Vladivostok, Russia
  22nd International Video Festival Videomedeja, Novi Sad, Serbia
  Pori Film Festival, Pori, Finland
  Rex Fest, Bio Rex, Helsinki, Finland
  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
  Serial Sevens, collaboration with Francesca Verunelli and Kristiina Helin, Stuttgarter Sommerfest, Germany

2010
  Public Screens, Stavanger, Norway
  Art Fair Suomi, MUU ry, Helsinki, Finland

2009
  Subvision kunstfestival,Hamburg, Saksa Künstlerhaus Frise, Germany

2008
  Festart08, Tampere Film Festival, Tr1, Rautahalli, Tampere, Finland
  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

2021   Villa Lante, The Finnish Institute in Rome, Italy
2021   SÍM residency, Reykjavik, Iceland
2021   ÖRES, Örö Island Residency Programme, Finland
2021   The Åland Archipelago Guest Residence, Kökar, Finland
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