Maison Louis Carré (Paris), KINDL (Berlin) & Kunsthalle (Helsinki)
b. 1974 in Finland,
based in New York City, USA
Haapoja’s work investigates the existential and political boundaries of the world. With a specific focus in encounters with nature, death and other species, she questions how different structures of exclusion and discrimination function as foundations for identity and culture. The notion of a world that is deeply rooted in the physicality and co-existence of beings and their multiple lifeworlds is at the core of Haapoja’s politically and ethically driven practice.
Haapoja approaches the previously mentioned themes by building up large projects, often realized in the forms of installations, related publications and participatory acts. Collaborations with author Laura Gustafsson under the name Gustafsson&Haapoja explores problems arising from the anthropocentric worldview.
Haapoja’s work has been exhibited widely. Her recent exhibitions include Helsinki Art Museum, Taipei Biennale, Venice Biennale, Momentum Biennale, Chronus Art Center Shanghai, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki, ZKM Germany, ISCP New York. Her work has been awarded ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art (2016), Dukaatti prize (2008), and Säde -prize (2009). Gustafsson&Haapoja was awarded Finnish State Media Art Award in 2016, and Kiila-Prize for socially engaged art in 2013.
Haapoja has an MA degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and Theatre Academy. She is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York. She was also a founding member and a chair of the board of Checkpoint Helsinki, a Helsinki-based art organisation now under the name PUBLICS.