Pilvi Takala is an artist who lives and works in Berlin and Helsinki. Her video works are based on performative interventions in which she researches specific communities to question social structures. In her practice she shows that implicit normative rules for behaviour are often only revealed through disruption. The resulting projects have been on view at venues including Seoul Mediacity Biennale (2021); Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2021); Künstlerhaus Bremen (2019); Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2018); CCA Glasgow (2016); Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015); MoMA PS1, New York (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013): New Museum, New York (2012); Kunsthalle Basel (2011); Kunstinstituut Melly (FKA Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2010) and 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005). Takala won the Dutch Prix de Rome in 2011 and the Emdash Award and Finnish State Prize for Visual Arts in 2013.
Christina Li is a curator and writer who works between Hong Kong and Amsterdam. As director at Spring Workshop, Hong Kong from 2015 to 2017 she curated projects such as A Collective Present (2017), Wu Tsang: Duilian (2016) and Wong Wai Yin: Without Trying (2016). Her upcoming and recent shows include Xinyi Cheng’s solo presentation Seen Through Others, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris (2022); the 2nd edition of Ghost – a triennial series of moving image and performance in Bangkok (2022); …pausing barely, barely pausing…, A Tale of A Tub, Rotterdam (2021); Palms, Palms, Palms, Z33, Hasselt (2020); Shirley Tse: Stakeholders, Hong Kong’s presence at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (2019) and Dismantling the Scaffold, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2018). Li has contributed to publications including Artforum, Art Review Asia, LEAP, Parkett, Spike and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Art.
Raija Koli, Frame Contemporary Art Finland
Frame Contemporary Art Finland
The exhibition in the Pavilion of Finland is commissioned and produced by Frame Contemporary Art Finland. Frame, an advocate for Finnish contemporary art, supports international initiatives, facilitates professional partnerships, and encourages critical development of the field through grants, visitor programme and residencies, seminars and talks, exhibition collaborations and network platforms.
Head of Communications
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Director of Photography
Stine Marie Jacobsen
Pilvi Takala, Annukka Valo
Workshop Anti-Racism Consultant
Reeta Annala, Annukka Valo
Reeta Annala, Mika Kiviniemi, Aleksi Lankinen
Teppo Koskinen, Jere Rantala, Taha Sabbane, Jonna Välimäki
Danai Anagnostou, Elina Kukkonen, Iona Roisin
Rasmus Pietilä, Sergei Talja
Jaana Viertola, Joonas Vohlakari
Aino Aksenja, Aleksi Mörttinen / Saga Vera, Iona Roisin
Jordana Maurer, Giorgio Poloni
Amelie Befeldt, Paris Helene Furst
Stefan Gohlke / Concept AV
Gilad Baram, Joni Barnard, Minna Henriksson, Reetta Huhtanen, Matida Jammeh, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Anthea Moys, Mire Mroué, Ahmed Al-Nawas, Melisa Salazar, Nastaran Tajeri-Foumani
Hanna Arvela, Joni Barnard, Vanessa Carlos, Taru Elfving, Satu Herrala, Kari Holmström, Suvi Keskinen, Timo Korander, Hille Koskela, Jarmo Mikkola, Marc Mori, Minna Partanen, Ana Patel, Maria Pulli, Hans Rosenström, Otto Tiuri, Sara Vallioja, Ellen Wettmark and those who wish to remain anonymous
Texts and Images
Pilvi Takala, Christina Li
Jessie Bullivant, Paris Helene Furst, Iona Roisin
Frame Contemporary Art Finland in collaboration with Mousse Publishing, Milan
Jonathan Sachse Mikkelsen
Partners and Supporters
Saastamoinen Foundation is the main partner for Close Watch.
The main supporter of Close Watch is the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. Other supporters include EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, AVEK The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Embassy of Finland in Rome.
Further support was given by Helsinki Contemporary, Carlos/Ishikawa, London and Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam representing Pilvi Takala.
Special thanks to Securitas for working with Pilvi Takala on Close Watch.