Finally there’s Tuomas A. Laitinen, represented by Helsinki Contemporary Gallery
. He deals with topical global issues through a variety of approaches including film, sound, lightboxes, and installation. Although the installation for this event will most likely be fairly simple, in a more sustained environment, like at a museum, Laitinen creates highly unusual spatial installations. For example, in his recent museum exhibition in Finland at EMMA, he used innovative sound technologies and high-tech costumes in a provocative way.
Artsy: As a member of the Curatorial Advisory Committee this year, can you talk about what your role was in the process leading up to the fair?
AM: I feel very privileged that I have been a part of the process. All of the artists showing at Moving Image also have works in Kiasma’s permanent collection. I know them all and have worked with them on several occasions. So, of course it was quite easy for me to call them up and suggest, “How about a chance to participate in the Moving Image Art Fair in New York?” And that’s how it started. I contacted their galleries, and then Moving Image Art Fair did their part. In the end, I’m just happy to have a part in this.
Artsy: Going back to Kiasma, the museum has been closed since September 2014 for renovation and is opening this March—in just a few weeks! What kinds of changes will visitors find in the reopened museum? I’d love to hear about the programming you have lined up, especially anything involving video art.
AM: Yes, there has been a lot of renovation at Kiasma, technical improvements, and some renovation to the exterior as well. We will open a new museum shop, and later on, a research center that will give the public access to our digital archives.
Major work was done to Kiasma’s majestic lobby, where the original glass ceiling was restored. Kiasma is a great piece of architecture, so I’m really happy about all these improvements. With regard to programming, we will open with three exhibitions. The first is a very extensive retrospective of Robert Mapplethorpe
, and will be one of the largest exhibitions of Mapplethorpe’s photography. It will be co-organized with the Mapplethorpe Foundation in New York and Grand Palais in Paris.