ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival

The 18th edition of ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival will take place between 10th and 15th September 2019. Internationally celebrated, award-winning artists from around the world will once again present their projects in Kuopio. The programme will be published
in the spring 2019!

The theme and focus for the 18th edition of ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival is death. The programme traces various iterations of death in an attempt to open-up thinking around our relationship to it and to the many sets of phenomena that surround it. Ideas die, eras end, materials become obsolete, things break, technology supersedes itself, places are abandoned, the natural world is destroyed, social and political ideals are overthrown, and plant, animal and human life is finite.

Artistic directors Johanna Tuukkanen and Gregg Whelan are looking forward to this year’s festival:

"We’re surprised it’s taken us 18 years to get here. Ideas of death, its impact, its social and cultural standing, its place in human life, its place in all life, has been one of the key drivers behind artistic practice for centuries.

So how does contemporary art speak to this most contemporary, and ageless, presence in our lives?  That’s the central question driving ANTI’s 2019 programme; what new practice, what new experience, new knowledge and new joy can we locate in thinking about and working about death?”

During the festival week, we will award ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, one of world’s most exciting cultural prizes. This year the prize nominees will be present their pieces in Kuopio during the festival.

We’ll also host the fourth Future DiverCities Lab in Kuopio.

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Wednesday 20.3.  17.00-19.00

Wednesday 24.4.  17.00-19.00

Wednesday 22.5.  17.00-19.00

Kukka- ja hautauspalvelu Rosanna | Vuorikatu 25, Kuopio

In Death Cafe we gather together for coffee and cake to talk about death and dying. Make yourself at home in a cozy atmosphere, express your thoughts and hear other people’s stories. Let’s redefine death from a taboo to a natural topic for discussion! Discussion in Finnish.

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Galleria Ars Libera | Suokatu 30, Kuopio


The winner of the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art Award 2018, Sonya Lindfors, returns to Kuopio as she will start working on her piece for ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival 2019 with a gallery residence in Galleria Ars Libera 1.-7.4.2019. Lindfors is working on a process-like piece, and during her gallery week, titled SOFT LANDINGS, she aims to descend softly into the context of the upcoming work.

Lindfors begins her exploration of the field in Kuopio through encounters: Her idea is to facilitate soft encounters in various forms. According to Lindfors, her agenda is to empower and energize, make room for voices and narrations that are not usually able to be present, and to shake and wobble hegemony. Lindfors is working in Gallery Ars Libera together with dance artist Esete Sutinen 1.-3.4.2019, after which the exhibition will continue until 7.4. 2


Monday 1.4.

12.00 Sonya Lindfors is working in the gallery and talks with public.

17.00 Sonya Lindfors works with Esete Sutinen.


Tuesday 2.4.

12.00 Sonya Lindfors works in the gallery with Esete Sutinen. Doors open to the public.

17.00-19.00 MY SOFT FEMINIST TOOLBOX | meeting / workshop

“Friends! I would like to talk about feminism, dreaming and soft working. Trying to understand what kind of work platforms are in Kuopio? Or what would you need? Get together for tea and biscuits to discuss, share and empower! ”

19.30-21.00 TOWARDS MORE DIFFERENT ART | discussion

“The world is changing, and the art field should as well! How can we work together towards a more diverse art scene?” Stay and hang out after the discussion!



Wednesday 3.4.

At 12.00 Sonya Lindfors works in the gallery with Esete Sutinen. Doors open to the public.


Thursday 4.4. – Friday 5.4.

The gallery is open 15.00- 19.00.


Saturday 6.4. – Sunday 7.4.

The gallery is open 12.00-17.00.


Sonya Lindfors is a Helsinki based artist who works with choreography, community activism and teaching. She is a founding member and artistic director of the UrbanApa art community. UrbanApa is a multidisciplinary community that questions power structures, provides growth platforms for new discourses and feminist artistic practices. In her work, Lindfors problematizes power, existing structures, ways of repetition, and othering. Her series of stage performances; NOIR? (2013), NOBLE SAVAGE (2016) and COSMIC LATTE (2018), focus on issues related to blackness, black body, race and representation. Lindfors wants to create and facilitate anti-racist, feminist platforms in which a festival, performance, publication or workshop can act as a tool for radical, communal dreaming.