Miina Hujala is an artist and a curator who has received an MA degree (Fine Art) from Aalto University at 2011 (including a period of exchange studies at Hong-ik University on Seoul, South-Korea) and she has also done MFA at Praxis-programme of exhibition studies in the Arts University Helsinki / The Academy of Fine Arts in 2015 (including an internship at The Vera List Center, NYC, NY at 2013.) Hujala has worked mainly with issues relating to the constantly re-formulating concepts of ’knowledge’, ’truth’ and validation, both in her independent artistic practice as well as in terms of questions relating on exhibiting art as a part of her curatorial work.
Arttu Merimaa is an artist and curator working in Helsinki, Finland. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts at 2013 (Department of Time and Space). In his curatorial work Merimaa focuses on collegial art practices and public space. Merimaa’s works have been shown in Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Pori Art Museum, Helsinki Photography Museum’s project space, as well as in gallery Sinne, SIC space, and Kluuvi gallery of the Helsinki City Art Museum.
Hujala & Merimaa have been curators of a gallery/art space called Alkovi in Helsinki from 2008 onwards. During that period Alkovi has changed from a place that provides a low threshold for artists wanting to experiment and present their works in the context of this display window art space – that opens up directly to the street level – to a space working on invitation-only aiming to find new ways of presenting art in its embedded connectedness to the multiple levels of societal entanglement. Which is of course quite fluid as well as somewhat ambitious task.