Taija Rajanti & Kitchen Philosophy (Andrea Coyotzi Borja, Jernej Čuček Gerbec, Naya Magaliou, Saara Mahbouba, Alice Orlandi, Saša Nemec, Taina Rajanti, Sanna Ritvanen, María Paloma Velázquez)
“Kitchen Philosophy” has been a constant feature of the Reposaari experience or the courses organized by VKM/ViCCA MA programs since 2011. It refers to the definition of the four days course every Autumn as a total work of art, a Gesamtkunstwerk, where each component – lectures, assignments, discussions, meals, sauna, free time – is an essential part of the whole. “Kitchen Philosophy” means that teachers and students provide the meals and maintenance like cleaning up after meals by themselves. Some persons have taken the responsibility of planning and organizing the meals, but everybody has been able to participate if willing. The kitchen has also been a place where there is always somebody, and where consequently several important discussions relevant to the course topics have taken place.
Kitchen Philosophy will be realized by a team of artists and researchers. For the online 4th Pori Biennale Not to Sing Like a City Bird Sings the team will provide an Online Kitchen Philosophy: an online meeting place offering food-related program and company for anybody who would like to drop in, to talk and chat about the exhibition and the artworks, or food, or meaning of life, or politics, or just whatever silly things they wish, like sharing puns and stupid gifs etc.
The Online Kitchen Philosophy will be open all day 8am–8pm during the biennale opening day, 3th of July 2020.
Andrea Coyotzi Borja (b. 1984, México) Artist based in Helsinki. Her artistic practice focuses on the subject of the quotidian and its relationship to the artistic event. This developed to her current research on the Infraordinary in her Doctoral studies at Aalto University.
Her artwork has been exhibited in different countries such as México, United States, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Bulgaria, and Finland. Reposaari 2013, 2014, and 2017.
Jernej Čuček Gerbec (b. 1985) artistic practice is not concerned with medium or concept but with observations. Observations of the common, conventional and the wide-spread. The artist finds poetics in the simple acts of life, recurring conversations, pictures of random passersby and quotidian struggles. The end result is never a simple act of documentation but varies between installation, photography, video, text and sculpture. In his work he tries to highlight the things that may go unnoticed, while at the same time making the end message ambiguous and unclear as to retain its former allure.
Alice Orlandi (b. 1995), is a freelancer in curator and art mediator from Milano, Italy, currently based in Helsinki, Finland, and doing her MA in Visual culture curating and contemporary art at Aalto University.
Equality, inclusivity and an educational outcome are the keywords for her practice. She believes that art can be a strong tool for communication and to raise awareness among people. She supports equality and inclusion in art; Alice is now working with the museum's accessibility for visually impaired and blind people, pushed by a personal experience of her mother being visually impaired. Reposaari 2018 and 2019.
Naya Magaliou (b. 1994) is a visual artist from Athens, Greece. She moves freely between media, and this mobility of form lies at the heart of her practice. In the past, she has worked with print, installation, typography, digital video and doodling. She is currently researching and thinking about creative labour practices, process driven thinking and how these issues inform her own practice. She recently attempted to make a unicorn cake—it tasted great and looked hilarious. Reposaari 2018.
Saara Mahbouba (b. 1993, San Jose) is a visual artist and artistic researcher. She received her B.A. in art history from New York University and is working on her M.A. in visual cultures, curating, and contemporary art at Aalto University. Her research interests are primarily in the intersection of identity and labor and making critical theory in this area more accessible and engaging through her practice. She works across a variety of mediums including DIY publications, performative acts, installations, and drawings. She is currently based in Helsinki. Reposaari 2017 and 2018
Saša Nemec (b. 1986) practice spans between exploration of new technologies and use of age-old techniques. From mending a loose button to creating garments with 3D scanning technology. Her graduation research and fashion collection was presented in the eponimous first solo exhibition titled ‘Untitled’ at the Tir gallery in Nova Gorica (2013). Later on she continued her textile based research through the Repair-a-thon project, a repeating event held internationally of which the purpose is to inform and engage the community about responsible consumption and repairing. The event has been presented, amongst others, at the Pixelache Helsinki Festival (2017), Helsinki Design Museo (2018), The Fashion Colloquium in Arnhem (2018) and will be presented as a larger installation at this year’s BIO26 design biennial in Ljubljana. The artist continued the research as part of the Collective Intelligence working group, with the work Threading Gibellina, presented at the Orestiadi Foundation, Gibellina as part of the Manifesta12 Collateral Events and at the Il Traffico project, part of the Manifesta12 5x5x5 events (2018).
Taina Rajanti (b. 1954) is a senior lecturer in urban studies and cultural theory in Department of Art in Aalto University, a researcher and an intellectual activist. She is especially interested in issues of space and place – construction of social space, urban spatial practices, spatial interventions, everyday material existence of human beings. Her interests also range from philosophy and social theory to children’s books and fantasy fandoms – from theoretical experimentation to collaboration in artistic and extra-academic projects. She loves winter swimming and food. Reposaari 2011 - 2015, Kauttua 2016, Reposaari 2017 - 2019.
Sanna Ritvanen (b. 1989, Sotkamo) is a visual artist, a cook, a baker, and a creative mind working widely in the field of arts, culture and design. They are interested in working in collaboration with other beings in multi-disciplinary groups and projects, trying to embrace the not knowing and failure with constant curiosity towards, well basically almost everything, from sourdough baking to urban planning. Ritvanen is an active member of Mustarinda association and a founding member of Asematila collective.
María Paloma Velázquez (b. 1992) is an independent art worker, engaging in a curatorial and writing- based research practice, with concerns for advocacy and feminism. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art at Aalto University in Finland, and has recently been interested in connecting academia and activism through communal practices, exploring the interweaving of labour and research. Reposaari 2018 and 2019.
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