Artistic Collaborations in a Flux

Hanasaari Auditorium Celsius & Online via Zoom

28.4.2022 13:00 - 18:00

Seminar in conjunction with the exhibition Elastic Alliances

How to carry on with creative processes in a state of emergency? How to make things together under conditions of isolation? How to continue international collaboration at a distance? How to think and work together across geographical borders during a pandemic?

Join us for a half day seminar focusing on new forms of artistic collaborations. The event will be hosted by Pauliina Ståhlberg, Director of the Finnish Institute in Madrid.

The seminar brings forth processes and collaboration models behind the projects presented in the Elastic Alliances exhibition in two panel discussions. The exhibition, on view at Gallery Hanasaari, presents fragments of eight international collaborative projects created as part of the Together Alone 2.0 project organized by the Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes. Read more about the exhibition here. The seminar also features two keynote speeches on forms of international artistic collaboration by the curator and researcher Viviana Checchia (pre-recorded contribution) and by Daniel Wiesenfeld, co-founder of the project space HilbertRaum in Berlin and the founder/co-director of B – LA CONNECT.

The panelists are artists participating in the Elastic Alliances exhibition: Jaana Pirskanen, David Kozma, Milena Oksanen, Minna Pöllänen, Jani Kaila, Johanna Rotko, Meriam Trabelsi and Ellie Hunter (virtually).

Daniel Wiesenfeld (*1969 in Buffalo, NY) studied painting at the Akademie der Künste, München (Diploma 1993) and Queens College, NY (MFA 1996). Since 2000 he lives and works in Berlin. His work has been shown at the Torrance Art Museum, Haus der Kunst München, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Supermarket Art Fair Stockholm, Galerie Huuto Helsinki, Klowden Mann Gallery Los Angeles, Roulette New York among others. He is the co-founder of the project space HilbertRaum, Berlin and the founder/co-director of B – LA CONNECT, an exchange project between Berlin and Los Angeles based non-commercial art spaces.

Viviana Checchia is a curator and researcher active internationally. She is currently  Residency Curator at Delfina Foundation, London. Previous to this role she was Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at HDK-Valand, Gothenburg and before that, Public Engagement Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Arts: Glasgow. Checchia has also produced and contributed to a range of international projects, including the Young Artist of the Year Award 2014 in Ramallah and the 4th Athens Biennale. For the past ten years, she has co-directed ‘vessel’, a curatorial platform based in Puglia, Italy. In 2013, Checchia was a recipient of the ICI/DEDALUS Research Award for research carried out in the United States into socially engaged practices, and in 2016 she was awarded the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory Laureate’s Choice for her contributions to the understanding and international profiling of Eastern European art.

The language of the seminar is English.



13:00  Registration

13:30  Welcome Victor Andersson, Programme Director, Hanaholmen

13:40  Together Alone Jaakko Nousiainen, Executive Director, The Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland

14:00  Keynote 1: Viviana Checchia (pre-recorded contribution)

14:45  Panel discussion 1: Rethinking forms of collaboration

15:45  Coffee break

16:15  Panel discussion 2: Collectives and collaborations

17:15  Keynote 2: Daniel Wiesenfeld

18:00  Performance by Milena Oksanen and Diego Machado

18:15  Seminar ends




The seminar is free of charge, but registration is required in order to participate on site as well as online. Register by using the link below.

For more information: Programme coordinator Alexandra Enberg,