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SOFI HÄKKINEN: visual artist, sculptor, director, visual designer, scene designer, video artist, VJ, voice actor, curator, producer, friend, etc.etc.etc ❤

I live and work in Helsinki FIN. I was born in Oulu in 1990.
Contact me: sofihakkinen@gmail.com

studies

2018 Master of Arts, Visual Culture and Contemporary Art Master Programme, Aalto University (Helsinki FIN)
2018 Master’s Exchange, Master Programme of Art in Context Universität der Künste Berlin (Berlin DE)
2016 Fine Artist, Tampere University of Applied Sciences (FIN)
2011 Basic Studies in Fine Arts, University of Lapland (FIN)
2010 Liminka Art School, Liminka (FIN)
2010 Baccalaureate, Kalevan lukio Tampere (FIN)

upcoming exhibitions & shows

2021: Sales Exhibition, Galleria Rajatila, Tampere FIN
2022: 24.01–13.02.2022 Makaroni Live Vanitas II, B-galleria, solo exhibition, Turku FIN
2022: 12.3.–29.3.2022 Makaroni Live Vanitas III, Studio Mältinranta, solo exhibition, Tampere FIN
2022: Premiere: One Hundred Million Percent (Recover Laboratory)

chosen exhibitions: solo

2021 Makaroni Live Vanitas I, ID:I Galleri, Stockholm SWE (invited artist)
2020 Generation Pullamössö, Galleria Muuntotila, Tampere FIN
2020 Serendipity – Onnekas sattuma, Seinäjoen Taidehalli, Seinäjoki FIN
2020 The Fountain of Youth, Galleria Mustanapa, Rovaniemi FIN
2019 Mä laitan tän tähän (I’ll put this here), Drawing Gallery D5 (with Eeva Lietonen), Helsinki FIN
2019 It’s OK Valley, Taidelaitos Haihatus, Joutsa FIN
2019 All Inclusive, Galerie Pleiku (with Riku Nieminen), Berlin GER
2018 Tässä menee vaan pari minsaa (This will only take a few minutes), Galleria Lapinlahti, Helsinki FIN
2018 Kukkia, karvoja ja sydämen anestesiaa (Flowers, Hair and Aenestesia of the Heart), MAA-tila (with Sanni Weckmann & Ilai Elias Lehto), Helsinki FIN
2017 Kannattaa käydä katsomassa tää näyttely (You should go see this exhibition), Galleria Rajatila, Tampere FIN
2017 Kasvualusta (Substrate), GalleriaKONE (with Mia Rantavaara), Hämeenlinna FIN
2016 Animaatioita päistä ja päitä (Animations of the head and heads), P-galleria, Pori FIN

chosen exhibitions: group

2021 First International Festival of Manuports, Kohta, Helsinki FIN
2021 Kosminen Salonki, Kosminen Galleria, Helsinki FIN
2019 Hot Mess, Galleria Valve, Oulu FIN
2019 OMVF Finnish Music Video Competition, Oulu FIN
2019 Art Fair Suomi ’19: Art by Meter, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki FIN
2019 EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT, Meilahden väestönsuoja, Helsinki FIN
2018 Interdisciplinary Drawing, UDK, Berlin GER
2017 LUX Helsinki, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki FIN
2016 DesingOnTampere, Pakkahuone, Tampere FIN
2016 Pop Up Exhibition, Showroom Berliini, Berlin GER
2016 Kaikki hyvin (All Is Well), Galleria Emil, Tampere FIN
2014 Animations, Galleria Katko, Tampere FIN
2014 Punaista ja makeaa Sales Exhibition, Voipaalan taidekeskus, Valkeakoski FIN
2014 Art of Basware, Musiikkitalo, Helsinki FIN
2013 so happy/so sad, Galleria Katko, Tampere FIN

screenings

2019 OMVF Finnish Music Video Competition, Oulu FIN
2019 Rajataide Baltic Countries Tour, Bolderaja, Riga LAT & Ideas Block, Vilnius LIT
2019 Musavideorama, Tampere FIN
2016 Christmas Screening, Rajatila, Tampere FIN
2016 VAFT, Olohuone 306,4 km2, Turku FIN

grants

2021 Taike – Arts Promotion Centre Finland (for artistic work)
2021 Taike – Arts Promotion Centre Finland (for equipment, Recover Laboratory)
2021 Samuel Huber Foundation (for artistic work, Recover Laboratory)
2021 Helsinki City Cultural Grant (for artistic work, Recover Laboratory)
2020 Taike – Arts Promotion Centre Finland (for artistic work)
2020 Helsinki City Cultural Grant (for a performance production, Recover Laboratory)
2019 Taike – Arts Promotion Centre Finland (for artistic work, Recover Laboratory)
2017 Aalto ARTS (for exchange studies)
2017 Taike – Arts Promotion Centre Finland (for equipment)
2016 C.V. Åkerlund Foundation (for artistic work)
2016 SKR – Finnish Cultural Foundation (for a performance production, Recover Laboratory)
2014 City of Tampere Production Grant (Y-festivaali)

residencies & networking trips

2021 Cirko, Helsinki FIN
2021 Cirko, Helsinki FIN
2020 Finnish Contemporary Circus Info’s Networking Trip to Tokyo & Yokohama TPAM, Japan
2019 Rajataide Members Baltic Networking Tour, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
2018 Cirko, Helsinki FIN 2018 Sirkus Faktori, Tampere FIN
2018 Katapult, Berlin DE

awards

2021 South Ostrobothnia’s Young Artist of the Year, finalist
2018 Winner of Kulttuurisoppa Pitching Event (Recover Laboratory), Helsinki FIN
2017 Winner: Festival Spirit Award, Stockholm Fringe Festival, Joy of Spleen (Recover Laboratory), Stockholm SWE
2017 Nominee: Grand Prix, Stockholm Fringe Festival, Joy of Spleen (Recover Laboratory), Stockholm SWE

talks & publications

2021 Presentation on my own artistic practice & Workshop, Arkkitehtuurimuseo, Kesäkoulu, Helsinki FIN
2021 Presentation on my own artistic practice, Master of Art Students, Aalto University, Helsinki FIN
2020 Panel discussion: Performing Arts in the times of pandemic, Center for Everything, Helsinki FIN
2020 Presentation and discussion: Pitching in the Field of Art, Talent Expo, Aalto University, Helsinki FIN
2019 Guest on Brändiändit podcast, talking about which planet has the best brand
2019 Panel discussion: Work and Creativity, Aalto University, Helsinki FIN
2018 Master’s Thesis: Aenesthesia of the Heart and Other Funny Things in Art, Aalto University
2018 Featured in: nothing/special ZINE issue #1, Helsinki FIN
2018 Participated in, Interdisciplinary Drawing zine publication produced by Alexandra Mir, Berlin DE
2017 Panel discussion: Immersive Performances in Finland – A Seminar, Raekallio Corp., Helsinki FIN

other artistic activity

2021 VJ: Meet Me Halfway Festival, Kontula, Helsinki FIN
2021 Artist: Taidetta koteihin Kalasatama (Art for Homes in Kalasatama), Helsingin Kaupungin Teatteri, Helsinki FIN
2021 Artist: Sculpture installation for Maija Vilkkumaa, Katajanokka-livestream, Katajanokka, Helsinki FIN
2020 Artist: Summer Artist, Seinäjoen taidehalli, Seinäjoki FIN
2020 Artist: Set design and video projections for Maija Vilkkumaa, Loppukesä-livestream, AUG, Helsinki FIN
2020 Artist: Video projections, Äänimaisemia Koillisesta, Siltamäki Swimming Hall, Helsinki FIN
2019– Video Artist & VJ: VJ:ing in many events, FIN
2019 Curator: EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT, an exhibition in an air raid shelter in Meilahti, Helsinki FIN
2018 Set Design: Veikkaus Escape Game Room, InsideOut, Helsinki FIN
2017 Set design: The Escape Train, InsideOut, VR, TBWA & 20th Century Fox, Helsinki – Rovaniemi FIN
2017 Artist: Commissioned sculptures, Museum of Technology in Viikki, Helsinki FIN
2016– Producer: Event Production for Rajataide ry, Tampere FIN
2016 Set Design: A Night in Experience, Gloria, Helsinki FIN
2014 Producer: Y-festivaali, Tampere FIN
2014 Set Design: The Finnbrits & Jamie Mäkinen, Ylioppilasteatteri, Tampere FIN
2013 Intern: Tampereen Saskiat, Tampere FIN
2013 Co-producer: Kulttuuriensiapu, Tampere FIN

recover laboratory

Since 2015 I have been the Visual Boss, Co-Director and Founder of Recover Laboratory ry, a multi-art performance group specialized in immersive and site-specific work.
2021 Artist, voice actor, writer: One Hundred Million Percent – A Night Walk, Cirko – Center for New Circus, Helsinki FIN (site-specific)
2020 Co-Director, visual boss: Evening Walk, Helsinki FIN (site-specific)
2019 Director, video artist: I Strip Myself of Binary, Lavaklubi and Maunula-talo, Helsinki FIN
2018 Co-Director, visual boss: Underneath, Meilahden väestönsuoja, Helsinki FIN (site-specific)
2018 Director: Balance, Katapult, Berliini, DE
2018– Director: Kajaanista Kuuhun, performed in many places in Finland and Copenhagen, DK
2017 Director, video artist: A Decision For Something Is Always A Decision Against Everything Else, in private event, Helsinki FIN
2017 Co-Director, visual boss, writer: Joy of Spleen, Helsinki FIN (site-specific)
2017 Co-Director, visual boss, writer: Joy of Spleen, Kummelholmen, Stockholm SWE (site-specific)
2016 Co-Director, visual boss: Recover Laboratory in Suomenlinna, Viaporin Kekri, Helsinki FIN (site-specific)
2016 Co-Director, producer, visual boss: Recover Laboratory in Viikki Waste Water Treatment Plant, Helsinki FIN (site-specific)
2015 Artistic Director: Recover Laboratory in Aurajoki Waste Water Treatment Plant, Turku FIN (site-specific)

music videos

2021 Sofi Merone: Save Me (visual artist, set design)
2020 Liruma: Liruma
2019 feelswithcaps: Powder
2019 Onni Boi: Friend & Lovers
2019: feelswithcaps: Drains (director, set design)
2018 Mechanic Membrane: Mind No
2018 Mechanic Membrane: Sirens
2018 SITOI: Marmori

positions of trust
2017– Vice chair and secretary of Recover Laboratory ry, Helsinki FIN
2014–17 Member of sculptor Hanna Vihriälä’s team, Tampere FIN
2013–14 Member of gallery team, Galleria Katko, Tampere FIN
2013 Member of gallery team, Ikuinen Galleria, Tampere FIN

memberships

2021– Finnish Gem Hobbyists’ Society
2019– MUU ry
2017– Recover Laboratory ry
2017– Catalysti Transcultural Artists in Finland Association
2016– Rajataide ry