Curriculum Vitae

Pekka Ilmari Niskanen

Lives and works in Paris and Helsinki

2000 - 2014    University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland, Doctor of Fine Arts
1989                Hochschule der Künste, Berlin (spring semester)
1987 - 1990    Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
1981 - 1987    Master of Arts, University of  Art and Design Helsinki,
.                       Department of Visual Communication, Finland

Selected group exhibitions
2016        Kiasma Collection, Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
2015        Organic Resistance, Galerie de la Cité internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2014        Mänttä Art Festival, Helsinki, Finland
2013        Kuala Lumpur Triennial, Kuala Lumpur, Malesia
2012        Tribunal, Helsinki, Finland
2011        Art in Conflict, Werstas, Tampere, Finland
2011        Turun kulttuuripääkaupunkivuoden “Virkattu Teltta” -näytely

2010        Grenzlinien, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Inside/Outside, Arctic Fury, Rovaniemi, Finland
Inter-cool 3.0, Ruhr Gebiet European Capital of Culture,                MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany
Promoting Changes, Werstas, Tampere, Finland
2009        (Un)natural, Kiasma, Helsinki
Timor-Leste ten years after the referendum, Dili, Timor-Leste
Kuala Lumpur Triennial, Kuala Lumpur, Malesia
2008        Socially engaged project in Second Life virtual world
2007        B/SURMA, Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2006        Kansalaiset - EMMA, Espoo Modern Art Museum, Espoo, Finland
TR06, The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, Tampere, Finland
2005         Fractures of Life, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Art Goes Kapakka, Helsinki Art Hall, Finland
2003        Right About Now, Shanghai Art Museum, China
STUNT, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2002        ”There’s No Accounting For Other People’s Relationship’s”,
Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Environmental Art Project, Tampere, Finland
Eukabeuk Event, Chiangmai University Art Museum, Thailand
Attachment +, Bruges, Belgium
2000        Bolte-en-valise, Arnolfini, Bristol, England
Media Art Fest 2000, Central Exhibition Hall “Manezh”, Pietari, Venäjä
Momentum, Nordic festival of contemporary art, Moss, Norway
Northern Postmodernism, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
1999        Video installations, Uppsala Art Museum, Uppsala, Sweden
1998        Pictures for the Blue Room, Vigeland Museum, Oslo, Norway
The Nude and the Masked, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki
1997        Sex, Snack ’n Pop, Titanik Gallery, Turku, Finland
Taidetta, Västerås Art Museum, Konstens Hus Luleå, Sweden
MAP, Media Art Project, Helsinki, Finland
1997        Funny versus Bizarre, Nordic and Baltic Art Exhibiton, The Contemporary Art Centre of Vilnius, Lithuania, Modern Art Museum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
Love and Erotic, Manezh, Central Exhibition Hall, St Petersburg, Russia
1996        RAX, Beaconsfield, London, England
Art Project 27.680.000, Dagens Nyheter, Stockholm, Sweden
Moomin bath House, Täysikuu Gallery, Rovaniemi, Finland
Taidetta, Norrköping, Norrköping Art Museum, Umeå Art Museum, Sweden
1995        ARS-95, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Studio Museum, Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland
1994        Art = Act, Galleria Valtellinese, Milan, Italy
Identity – Selfhood, Contemporary Art Center, Moscow, Russia
Art = Act, Contemporary Finnish Photography, Joensuu Art Museum, Joensuu, Finland
Northern Photography, Contemporary Living Violence, Oulu Art Museum, Oulu, Finland
Nordfotoart, New Photoraphy and Video from Scandinavia, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
1993        Identity – Selfhood, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
1993        Airport, 7 interventions in the airport milieu, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Helsinki
Art = Act, Contemporary Finnish Photography, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
1992        CHN, Vanhan Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
Submissive Animals, the studio of Painter’s Gallery, Helsinki
Finnish Video Art, Jyväskylä Summer, Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyväskylä,            Finland
Lumen 10, Retretti, Punkaharju, Finland
Muu Media Festival, Helsinki, Finland
Cole - Herman - Niskanen, Clove Building, London, England
1991        Woman and a Dog, Mikkeli Art Museum, Mikkeli, Finland
Young Artists Show, Helsinki Art Hall, Finland
Tender Trap, Eija-Liisa Ahtila - Pekka Niskanen, Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
1990        Young Artists Show, Helsinki Art Hall, Finland
Symposium: Andrew Herman - Pekka Niskanen,
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1989        Low Lands to London, Goldsmiths’ Gallery, London, England
1988        AV-Festival, Shaffy Theater, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hall for Simplicity: Ute Janssen - Pekka Niskanen
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam
1987        M’ARS 88, Mikkeli Art Museum, Mikkeli, Finland
Metaxis, Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Works in Collection
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mikkeli Art Museum, Mikkeli, Finland
Finnish Post, Helsinki, Finland
The Contemporary Art Center, Vilna, Lithuania
Lawrence Weiner, private collection, New York, USA
Espoo City, Otso Gallery, Espoo, Finland

Selected performances
2005        “Rigoletto” (in cooperation with Vilppu Kiljunen), Gothenburg Opera, Sweden
2002        “Kaspar” (in cooperation with Vilppu Kiljunen and Esa-Matti Pölhö), Kiasma Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
1999        ”Tiedotustilaisuus II” (in cooperation with Juha-Pekka Hotinen), Kiasma Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
1998        ”Tiedotustilaisuus” (in cooperation with Juha-Pekka Hotinen), Kiasma Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland

Curated Exhibitions
2011        Art in Conflict, the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, Tampere
2010        Inter-cool 3.0, European Capital of Culture, Medienkunstverein Dortmund, Germany
2009        Those Peasant Characters, Finnish National Gallery, Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki
2007        Terrain de Jeu, Finnish Cultural Institute, Paris
2002        STUNT (in co-operation with Sari Tervaniemi), Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2001        ENTER Gallery (in co-operation with Sari Tervaniemi and Tiina Erkintalo), Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
1997        Nordica, Pohjoismaisen Taideinstituutin järjestämä näyttely Helsingin keskustassa 12.11. - 23.11.
1996         Tales about family - Tales about the Others, Muu Gallery

Works in collection
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mikkeli Art Museum, Mikkeli, Finland
Finnish Post, Helsinki, Finland
The Contemporary Art Center, Vilna, Lithuania
Lawrence Weiner, private collection, New York, USA
Espoo City, Otso Gallery, Espoo, Finland

Publications
Pekka Niskanen (2014). Taide identiteettien politiikan rakentajana - Art in the             Construction of Identity Politics. Helsinki: Taideyliopiston Kuvataideakatemia.

Pekka Niskanen(2013). The Contingent Identity of the Artist. In Artists as Researchers – A New Paradigm for Art Education in Europe. Mika Hannula & Jan Kaila & Roger Palmer & Kimmo Sarje (edit.): Helsinki: Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki.

Pekka Niskanen (2012). Tapaus Virtual War. AVEK 2/2012. 42-44.

Pekka Niskanen (2007). Demokraattinen Burma Second Lifessa.                 Taidelehti 6/2007. 14-16.

Pekka Niskanen (2006). Terrain du jeu. Teoksessa Terrain de jeu. Pariisi:             Institut Finlandais.

Symposium papers:
2011        Research seminar: “Our common children”, Diaconia University of             Applied Sciences
Paper: “Youth as Refugees”
2010        Changing Identities and Contexts in the Arts (CICA), Finnish Academy of         Fine Arts
Paper: “Contingent Identities”
2007        Chances and Challenges, Practice-led Research Symposium 24-26 May
School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds and The Centre for Practice-led Research (CEPRA), University of Leeds
Paper: “Mediated Images as Builders of Identity Politics”
2006        Minne menet nykytaide? Contemporary Art Museum, Tampere
Paper: “Taiteen ja vallan vuorovaikutus”
2005        Encounters in Intercultural Art Projects, Helsinki City Art Museum and Finnish Academy of Fine Arts
Paper: “Finland in East Timor or East Timorese in Finland”
IAPL, Kiasma, Helsinki, 29th The International Association for Philosophy and Literature Conference: Chiasmatic Encounters
Paper: “I Like Him and Her” – Politicizing Desire in a Site”
2003        Art and Politics, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
Paper: “Roolit, identiteetit ja performatiivit”
Media Art Studia generalia, University of Tampere
Paper: “Mediataiteen toimintaympäristöt”
2002        Narrativity, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norway
Paper: “The Role of Moving Image
Res Artis, keynote speaker, Helsinki
Paper: “Nation, Sex and Gender”
Kaupunkitarinoita, Tampere University of Applied Sciences
Paper: “Taideprojektit sensuroinnin kohteena”
2001        Outer Limits-seminar, Millenium Film Workshop, New York, NY
Paper: “Distribution Networks of Finnish Video Art”
2000        Changing Photography, University of Göteborg, Department of                 Photography and Film
Paper: “The Political Aesthetics – Some Aspects of Narrating,                 Framing and Camera Movements”
1999        Art as Practical Matter, NIFCA, Helsinki
Paper: “NORDICA – a Case Study”
1997        Presidenttipatsas-seminaari, Helsinki City Art Museum
Paper: “Modernismin vaikutus 1980-90-lukujen suomalaisissa presidenttipatsaissa”
1995        ARS-95, Identity Seminar, Contemporary Museum, Helsinki
Paper: “Seductive Art”

Grants

2016        Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, kohdeapuraha työryhmälle Junesi, Knappe,             Niskanen, 24 000,00 €
AVEK, cript writing grant, 2 000,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, project grant, 3 500,00 €
2015        Frame, travel grant, 700,00 €
AVEK, project grant, 5 500,00 €
2014        Helsingin City, script writing grant, 3 500,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, five year grant for an artist, 20 037,24 €
Kone Foundation,  project grant, 3 500,00 €
2014        VISEK, project grant, 1 000,00 €
2013        AVEK, project grant, 6 500,00 €
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, research grant, 2 400,00 €
Arts Promotion Centre Finland, project grant, 2 000,00 €
Arts Council of Uusimaa, working grant, 1 600,00 €
2012        Arts Council of Finland, travel grant, 800,00 €
Frame, travel grant, 900,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, travel grant, 800,00 €
AVEK, script writing grant, 2 000,00 €
Kone Foundation, travel grant, 700,00 €
AVEK, project grant (Niskanen, Knappe, Janusi), 1 500,00 €
2011        Oskar Öflund Foundation, project grant, 2 000,00 €
Kone Foundation, research grant, 24 500,00 €
2010        Kone Foundation, research grant, 22 800,00 €
Alfred Kordelin Foundation, project grant, 4 000,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, travel grant, 250,00 €
AVEK, project grant (Niskanen, Knappe, Piikkilä, Ristola), 7 000,00
AVEK, project grant (Niskanen, Knappe, Piikkilä, Ristola), 6 000,00
Arts Council of Finland, project grant (Niskanen, Knappe,                 Piikkilä, Ristola), 4 500,00
2009        Kone Foundation, research grant 22 800,00 €
Lehtinen Foundation, project grant 4 500,00 €
AVEK, travel grant, 1650,00 €
Oskar Öflund Foundation, project grant, 2 000,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, travel grant, 600,00 €
2008        Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, project grant, 6 500,00 €
Kone Foundation, research grant 20 400,00 €
Finnish Cultural Foundation, project grant, 6 500,00 €
Majaoja Foundation, project grant, 2 000,00 €
2007        Oskar Öflundn Foundation, project grant, 2 000,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, project grant, 5 000,00 €
AVEK, script writing grant, 3 000,00 €
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, project grant, 1 500,00 €
2005        AVEK, script writing grant, 2 000,00 €
2004         Finnish Cultural Foundation, project grant, 4 500,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, travel grant, 1 200,00 €
2003        Arts Council of Finland, five-year grant
Arts Council of Finland, project grant, 5 000,00 €
2002        Niilo Helander Foundation, project grant, 6 000,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, project grant, 7 000,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, travel grant, 400,00 €
2001         NIFCA, working grant, 3 360,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, project grant, 2 000,00 €
AVEK, script writing grant, 1 680,00 €
Arts Council of Finland,travel grant, 900,00 €
FRAME, project grant, 2 520,00 €
AVEK, project grant, 600,00 €
2000        Alfred Kordelin Foundation, project grant, 3 360,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, travel grant, 280,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, travel grant, 760,00 €
1999        Niilo Helander Foundation, project grant, 3 360,00 €                    AVEK, script writing grant, 1 680,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, three-year grant
1998        Nordisk Konst- och Konstindustrikommitté, project grant, 2 520,00 €
1997         Arts Council of Finland, project grant, 2 520,00 €
FRAME, travel grant, 200,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, travel grant, 250,00 €
1996         Arts Council of Finland, project grant, 500,00 €
Icelandic-finnish Cultural Foundation, project grant, 500,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, three-year grant
Nordic Council of Ministers, Sleipnir travel grant, 1 560,00 €
1995         AVEK, script writing grant, 1 680,00 €
VISEK, Visuaalisen taiteen edistämiskeskus, project grant, 2 520,00 €
1994         Arts Council of Finland,, travel grant, 250,00 €
Niilo Helanderin foundation, project grant, 2 520,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, travel grant, 340,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, one-year grant
Arts Council of Finland, project grant, 2 520,00 €
1993         Finnish Cultural Foundation, half-year grant 4 200,00 €
1992         VISEK, project grant, 2 520,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, project grant, 2 520,00 €
Arts Council of Finland, travel grant, 340,00 €
1991        VISEK, project grant, 1 680,00 €
Mikkeli Arts Council, project grant, 840,00 €
1990        Finnish Cultural Foundation, project grant, 1 680,00 €
1988         Finnish Cultural Foundation, study grant, 2 350,00 €
Mikkelin läänin Arts Council,, study grant, 840,00 €
1987         Finnish Cultural Foundation, Mikkeli region, project grant, 1350,00 €