Kyungwoo Chun, Bird Listener, 2021
The Same Sea
Helsinki Biennial
Jun 12 – Sep 26, 2021 / Vallisaari Island
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Biennial is an international art event that will bring outstanding contemporary art to maritime Helsinki. The first Helsinki Biennial will be held in the unique surroundings of Vallisaari Island June 12 – September 26, 2021. Helsinki Biennial will present 41 international artists or groups of artists from both Finland and around the world.

You can spot artworks on Vallisaari along a marked trail both outdoors and inside historical buildings, gunpowder cellars, and empty residential buildings.

Mutual dependence is the main theme of the Helsinki Biennial 2021. Each thing and action has an impact on something else and supports the entirety. The title for the inaugural Helsinki Biennial is The Same Sea.

“The ecological crisis means we are now on the cusp of enormous changes and this is defining our common future everywhere. The biennial’s subtitle, The Same Sea, refers to this situation, which concerns everyone but affects different places in different ways. Like the sea, it is a complex, inconstant entirety that bypasses all boundaries and appears different depending on the perspective,” the curators say.

Presented by Helsinki Art Museum (HAM), the biennial is directed by HAM director Maija Tanninen-Mattila, and curated by HAM’s head curators Pirkko Siitari and Taru Tappola.

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