YAA 2017

Young Arctic Artists 2017

Video from the YAA 2017 opening by Arttu Nieminen

Theme: Alien Threshold


Ieva Grigelionyté (IS)
Essi Korva (FIN)
Sebastian Mügge (SWE)
Daria Orlova (RUS)
Viktor Pedersen (NOR)
Maiia Selezneva (RUS)
Atte Viljamaa (FIN)

Curators: Pilvi Keto-LeBlanc (FIN), Lys-Ange LeBlanc (CAN/FIN) and guest curator Freyja Eilíf (IS)

See photos from the exhibition:

The exhibition itself and building:

The opening:


The networking event:



Young Arctic Artists 2017: Alien threshold
Galleria Napa and Studio Mustanapa 28.10. – 15.11.17

Young Arctic Artists 2017–exhibition and network project brings to Rovaniemi emerging contemporary artists from northern areas of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia and Iceland. One important goal of the three year exhibition project is to create networks between young artists, curators and art producers living in the northern Arctic regions through practice based collaboration.

For the second edition of YAA exhibition series, the artists have been asked to investigate the paradigm of alienation from their personal point of view. Without taking any specific political stand, the exhibition rather navigates the borders of alien and familiar territories as source of creative force and artistic thinking. Alien threshold is the frontier, a constant redefinition of familiar concepts, phenomenons, creativity and the self, and therefor stepping stone for critically engaging process.

The artists have been selected in relation to their ability to work directly on site, and because of their experimental sensitivity. During the five days stay in Rovaniemi, the Artists will be challenged in an experimental laboratory where ideas can merge and develop further, and the final results are yet unknown. In addition, artists Daria Orlova (RUS) and Maiia Selezneva (RUS) are partaking one week residency in Villa Korva prior the week in Rovaniemi, working on their exhibition concepts.

As part of the program, Pecha Kucha event where visiting and local artists will present their work in relaxed setting, will be held at Hostel Cafe Koti on Thursday 26th of October from 5 to 8 pm. Join us for art, discussion, food and drinks!

The project is managed and produced by Lapland Artists’ Association and funded by the Nordic Culture Fund, The Arts Promotion Centre Finland – The Regional Office of Lapland, Ministery of Education and Culture and the Artists’ Association of Lapland.

Opening and performances Saturday 28.10. 6-8 pm.
Pecha Kucha-evening in Cafe Koti Thursday 26.10. 5-8pm.
Free entrance to exhibition and events!