Karina Griffith, We Call It Love (Detail), 2018. Credit: Kim Wode.
Karina Griffith is an artist and researcher who uses moving image, performance and installations to question archives and conditions of spectatorship. Through the concepts “affective debt” and “reparatory imaginings” she creates objects, films and experiences that are spaces for speculation.
Her films and installations have been shown at international galleries and festivals, and she has curated film and interdisciplinary programmes for the Goethe Institute, Berlinale Forum, alpha nova & galerie futura and VTape among others. Griffith led the BAAB (Black Arts Action Berlin) curatorial team for the first Black Reels Festival at ACUD Macht Neu in 2021 and that same year joined the curatorial team of the Berlinale Forum Expanded. In 2017 she curated the three-month long festival, Republik Repair: Ten Points, Ten Demands, One Festival Reparatory Imaginings from Black Berlin at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse. She lectures at the Institute for Art in Context at the Berlin University of Art and is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute, where her research on Black authorship in German cinema interacts with theories of affect and intersectionality. Her writing can be found in the Darkmatter Journal, Texte zur Kunst, Berlin Art Link, Shadow & Act, the Rosa Mercedes journal of the Harun Farocki Institut and the Berlinale Forum Magazine, among others.
Giovanna Esposito Yussif engages with curatorial praxis and research. Her background is in art history, museology, and critical theory. Giovanna has a long-standing commitment to nondominant praxes, dissentient imaginations, and epistemologies in resistance. In 2019 she curated the Pavilion of Finland at the 58th Venice Biennale with the Miracle Workers Collective. She is currently Artistic Director of Museum of Impossible Forms and curator for M_itä biennale (2023).
Giovanna has collaborated with diverse institutions such as Archive, Goethe Institut, Savvy Contemporary, Manifesta Foundation, SOMA, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Baltic Circle, Helsinki International Artist Program, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, RabRab Press, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Galería OMR, Fundación/Colección Jumex, among others. She edited A Greater Miracle Of Perception with Archive Books (2019), and Polyphonic Texts and Toolkit with Night Schoolers (2019); has written for diverse catalogues and contemporary art publications. She has been guest Lecturer for Kuvataideakatemia, Taidekoulu Maa, Mentor for Live Art and Performance Studies-Theater Academy in Helsinki and Curatorial Practice University of Bergen, guest speaker in diverse seminars, and an active contributor to diverse collectives, networks, and boards.
Jaana Kokko is an artist, filmmaker and educator based in Helsinki, having her background in arts and economics. In her practice she is now in the search of the common: the emergent need for the change that is starting from our practices of art making, learning and being together.
She is interested in the languages and places/ spaces of individuals in which the singularity of experience opens onto the collective and its historicity in ways that allow us to reflect on the ethical, political, and aesthetic dimensions not only of self-representation but also of the life itself as shared. Currently she is working with two bodies of films both located in the peripheries, trying to shift the gaze to the outskirts of the sight and hear.
Her work has been exhibited f.ex. at the Lithuanian National Gallery in Vilnius, Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga, Tallinn Art Hall, Helsinki Art Hall, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Joensuu Art Museum in Finland, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival and Tokyo Media Art Festival. She is and has been teaching and lecturing f.ex. at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Turku Art Academy, Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn, Latvian Academy of Arts, Riga and Akademie der Bildende Künste, Nürnberg.
With the support of:
Svenska Kulturfonden, Goethe-Institut Finnland, ifa–Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Finnland Institut in Deutschland