Maija Mustonen and Anna Maria Häkkinen
Maison Louis Carré (Paris) & Kunsthalle (Helsinki)
b. 1979 in Finland, based in Helsinki, Finland &
b. 1981 in Finland, based in Helsinki, Finland
Maija Mustonen and Anna Maria Häkkinen have been working with questions arising from touch, senses, intimacy and care for over ten years, in different constellations. They are interested in slow and long-lasting soft practices based on sharing, nurturing, supporting, and transforming. Both are artists with a background in dance, and they have created numerous performative works for stage in the context of dance and live art. They have also been working in museums and artist-run galleries as well as working in site-responsive ways in a variety of spaces and situations.
Mustonen has a BA degree in dance from Laban Center in London, and an MA from fine arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. She is also a curatorial member of Ehkä production / Kutomo in Turku. Häkkinen graduated with an MA in choreography from the University of the Arts Helsinki, where she often teaches workshops. Zodiak – Center for New Dance in Helsinki has co-produced several works by both artists.