Team

| Team & Collaborations

NINA BACKMAN
Founder, Curator, Artist
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Nina Backman is a Finnish artist, performer and curator. She was born in Helsinki and originally studied Theatre Design at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts in the UK, where she received a B.A. Honours.

She works in the space between, installation, performance and visual art. Her work documents the complicity of human conditions whereby the viewer is invited to reflect on aspects of life concepts, identities and values. She has collaborated with a wide spectrum of creative disciplines from film, theater, photography to design and collaborated with companies and individuals such as Art Council of UK, Liverpool City Council, The Future Laboratory London, Alex Cox ( Revenge is Tragedy ), Danny Boyle ( Millions ), Lee Tamahori ( James Bond Die Another Day ), among others. Her project Creating Playground won a Millennium Award in the UK in 2003. Her work has been funded and exhibited internationally. Nina Backman is the artist behind the performance piece Aino and the Silence Meal. Backman lives and works in Berlin.

MIKA HANNULA
Writer, Art critic
Mika Hannula
Photo credit: Luciana Benaduce
Mika Hannula is a writer, curator, teacher and art critic. Currently, he is a professor for artistic research at the faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Art at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Through the years 2000-2005 he was the director of the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland, also acting then as the chairman of KUNO, Nordic network of Art Academies.

He was the curator for the Estonian Pavilion at Venice Biennial 2007 and curated the show Situated Self with Branko Dimitrijevic in Belgrade and in Helsinki in 2005. He also curated the show on artistic research called Talkin Loud and Saying Something – Four Perspectives into Artistic Research in Gothenburg in 2008. He will, again together with Branko Dimitrijevic, the 53rd. October Salon, opening in September 2012 in Belgrade.

He holds a PhD in Political Science and is the author of numerous articles and several books on contemporary art. Recent books include: Tell It Like It Is – Contemporary Photography and the Lure of the Real, University of Gothenburg (2011) Politics, Identity and Public space, Expothesis (2009), The Politics of Small Gestures, art-ist, Istanbul (2006), It’ s All or Nothing – Critical Theory, Contemporary Visual Art and Culture (2003) and Rock the Boat – Localized Ethics, the Situated Self, and Particularism in Contemporary Art(2003, with Tere Vadén). Hannula lives and works in Berlin.

JANE PALMER
Psychotherapist, Text, Conceptual work
Jane Palmer lives and works as a psychotherapist in Berlin, her home on and off since nearly twenty years. Reflecting her personal interest in the written form, Jane has collaborated on the Silence Project since the beginning, primarily within the capacity of text and conceptual work. Having lived in a number of different European countries, Jane’s contribution to the Silence Project has been underpinned by her exploration of the interface between cultural similarity and difference.

ANJA SIEMENS
Photographer, Film Editor
Anja Siemens
A bilingual Berliner, Anja completed a Btec Diploma in Art&Design at the London Guildhall University in London. She went to Germany to study at the East Berlin Art School before returning to complete her BA(hons) in Fine Art Film & Video at Central Saint Martins School of Art in London. 2013 saw the release of ‘Oh Boy’. The film has met with huge critical acclaim and box office success, and Anja was nominated for the German Film Award in Gold for best editing of a feature film. Anja’s editing style has been described as “brave in her cuts with impeccable timing.”

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING FUNDERS, COLLABORATORS, CONTRIBUTORS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE GENEROUSLY SHARED THEIR TIME, KNOWLEDGE, IN- KIND ASSISTANCE AND CREATIVITY

2017
Icelandic Embassy, Stockholm
i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland
Malmö Museum, Sweden
Iittala

2016
Botschaft von Finnland, Berlin
Gallen – Kallela Museum, Finland
Embassy of Iceland, Finland
Embassy of Norway, Finland
Goethe – Institute, Finland
Iittala
Sami Tallberg
Ekowine
Chateau Carsin
Isokyrö: Kyrö Distillery Company
Finlands Institutet, Stockholm
Veen Waters

2015
Zagreus Project, Berlin
Ittala
Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
Norden: Nordic Culture Fund
Norwegische Botschaft, Berlin
Embassy of Norway, Finland

2014
The Sound Studies Lab
Artefakt Kulturkonzepte, Berlin
Architekturforum Aedes / ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory
Artek
Iittala
Norwegische Botschaft
Marimekko
Meinblau Projektraum, Berlin
Norden: Nordic Culture Fund
Punkt Ø Galleri F 15

2013
Iittala
Hiap – Helsinki International Artist Programme
Norden Kulturkontakt Nord

Individuals:

Niklas Backman
Seija Backman
Lars Eton
Taru Elfving
Elisabeth Friedrich
Beatrice Gehrmann
Silke Lachmund
Michelle Leddon
Tarja Kaasinen
Essi Kalima
Thorsten Kasper
Sami Tallberg
Martina Kaufmann
Essi Kalima
Zwoisy Mears-Clarke
Michael Ottopal
Harald Paalgard
Jaana Prüss
Prof.Dr. Holger Schülze
Anna – Maija Saarela
Jaakko Soiha
Susan Sibai
Bettina Scheibe
Yasmin Sibai
Ivo Wessel
Anna Zhuravleva



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