Prize Commissions

Dana Michel (CAN) 2020, performed 2021

THU 16.9.2021 / 16.00

address: Ajurinkatu 16
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Prize Commissions

Sonya Lindfors (FI) 2019


Soft Variations is an ongoing project that strives to both empower local POC communities and unsettle questions of contemporaneity and neutrality. The process started spring 2019 with a series of sessions and continued in August with a more intensive workshop period. Due to an unfortunate injury the performance part of the project has been postponed to ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival 2020.

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Prize Commissions

Tania El Khoury (LB) 2018

Friday 28.9. 19.00
Saturday 29.9.
Railway workshop | Pohjolankatu Street 1

Fully booked!

Installation performance by Tania El Khoury in collaboration with Ziad Abu-Rish.

On a night with a sudden electricity outage in their Beirut neighbourhood, the artist and her historian husband discussed the history of power cuts in Lebanon. Born during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), the artist had grown up with the understanding that the problem with electricity in Lebanon began during the war. The historian, however, recalled finding a government document dated 1952 that announced scheduled electricity outages across the city of Beirut. Read more ▸

Prize Commissions

Terike Haapoja (FI) 2017

Tuesday 19.9. – Thursday 21.9.
12:00 – 18:00 G12 Gallery | Maaherrankatu 9

Welcome to the opening on Tue 19th at 12 am!

Friday 22.9. – Saturday 23.9. 
11:00 – 16:00 G12 Gallery | Maaherrankatu 9

Photographies and book preview

Gravitation marks a turn to a more intimate, direct approach in Haapoja’s practice. The series of c. 80 photographs are born from a personal urgency that bypasses discourse. Created at fast pace during a time of severe physical and emotional distress, the images reveal moments of desire, mortality, abandonment and agency, objectification and the desire to become an object. The exhibition presents selected prints from the series alongside a preview of the upcoming publication Gravitation (2017). Read more ▸

Tuesday 19.9. – Friday 22.9.
15:00 – 19:00 Provincial Courthouse (the yard) | Minna Canthin katu Street 64 A

Audio in Finnish only!

Kuopio Prison is placed near the city center. The prison accommodates 93 inmates; ordinary people whose lives and identities extend beyond the time of their sentencing. On the other side of the city there are high schools, from where young people graduate to become full members of a society in which imprisonment is a punishment for taking too many freedoms.

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Wednesday 20.9. – Friday 22.9.
13:00 – 15:00 & 17:00 – 19:00

The Law Office Karvinen, Sarkkinen & Sallinen | Kuninkaankatu Street 22 A, 5th floor

Participatory encounter for one participant at a time. Duration c. 2 hours.

As free subjects and legal persons we are capable of making contractual agreements with each other. A contract binds the participants to a reciprocal arrangement. A breach of contract results in legal action that is backed up by law. Many contracts give regulated access to a person’s body by the other party: surrogate mothers, sex workers or regular work contracts consist of mutual exchange that temporarily binds the other body to benefit the other.  Read more ▸

Prize Commissions

Willoh S. Weiland (AU) 2016

Friday 28.10.2016

18.00 The Puijo Church | Taivaanpankontie Street 3
19.30 “Technopolis Park” | Savilahdentie Street, next to the skate park

No entrance fee!

Artefact is a ceremony for obsolete technology.

It commemorates the mysterious phenomenon of brand disappearance from Blackberry, to Nokia. It is a tribute to the immortal consumer icons we have internationally adored and the intimate and fickle ways we worship them.

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Tuesday 19.9.
17:00 Maria stage of Kuopio City Theatre | Niiralankatu Street 2

In 2016, Willoh S.Weiland and JR Brennan created the unforgettable production Artefact, performed with hundreds of local participants in Kuopio. The work has now being edited into a remarkable film to be screened during the festival week. Read more ▸

Prize Commissions

Cassils (CA / US) 2015

Heather Cassils, who won the first ever ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art in 2014, will return to Kuopio.

Kuopio, Finland is located 210 kilometers from the Russian border. Cassils’ new site specific performance addresses the proximity of the ANTI Festival to a country where queer and trans lives are acutely vulnerable and under siege, lacking any protection under civil law. Read more ▸

Heather Cassils performs the new live performance The Powers That Be (210 kilometers) in Kuopio. In addition, ANTI presents a series of Cassils’s video pieces.

In Hard Times, Cassils’s initial work using the figure of Tiresias, the artist performs wearing a prosthetic mask, a frosted blonde wig, and the deep bikini tan of a female bodybuilder. Read more ▸

Heather Cassils performs the new live performance The Powers That Be (210 kilometers) in Kuopio. In addition, ANTI presents a series of Cassils’s video pieces.

Inextinguishable Fire speaks to the radical unrepresentability of certain forms of trauma and violence. Read more ▸