*Merri Hellisnt*


Meri Hietala is an multimedia artist currently based in Kouvola, Finland. She creates performances, site specific installations, happenings and sound art.

Hietala has exhibited in solo and group shows and created public installations, sound art and performance art actions in Europe and Australia since 2007. Inspiration for her are dirt and plants, ash, mushrooms as well as fresh and endangered sounds. She explores inner and outer environments with physical and acoustic methods. Her performances explore fertility, waste, dreams, ancestral lineages, collective organisms and skins as boarders. 

Hietala founded Energia Akatemia 2018, which organizes international workshops in performance art. Energia Akatemia gathers professionals from various fields to conduct workshops in rural settings. Themes; Body – Sound – Environment and Interdependence – Ecology – Art. Hietala has a Master of Arts degree from Environmental art studies and a pedagogical degree.

Artist Statement

“For me the action is exploring the visible and touchable landscapes of mapped trails and reaching beyond these societal tracks. Sniffing the story lines, composing auditive and etheric cosmograms, celebrating the diversity.

My mission is to challenge the structures, imported restricting behavioral manners for all the living hybrids, with time and squeeze  I let this borrowed multi-sensorial temple to sink and introduce possible unions with the eternal patterns, movement and systems.

Be – longing

Another kind of dream state. This applies in various levels when creating sounds and performance. At times these actions  can be installed into material communication.

Hearing the unvisible.

Caressing the waters of mother earth

and splashing in search for the collective rhythm in the universes.”

Curriculum Vitae
Member of

Kouta ry (Kouvola Artists Association), MUU ry, Vadelma ry, Finnish Bio Art Society


International Professional Teacher Education Degree, HAMK, Finland 2018

MA Environmental Arts, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland 2014

BA Textile arts and design, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland 2009

Studies Art in Public Space, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia 2008

Selected performances


16.1. solo, OK 11 gallery, Helsinki, Finland


27.11. Dear Diego, Meri Hietala & Henri Tuomi, Vadelma Club, Helsinki City Museum, Finland

19.8. Existing, Meri Hietala & Henri Tuomi, Hirvitalo Center of Contemporary Art, Tampere, Finland

17.8. JÄLKI performance (collaboration Meri Hietala, Tuulia Kasonen, Henri Tuomi), Vadelma ry´s group exhibition “Hetkinen…”, Hirvitalo Center of Contemporary Art, Tampere

1.8. Existing, Meri Hietala & Henri Tuomi featuring Maippi Ketola, Jättömaa Pihalla, Voikkaa, Finland

5.6. Garden of Dreams, planting ceremony, Kouvola community park. Second phase from the Dreaming Pod installation, Kouvola Artists association´s KOUTA ry´s group exhibition “Myötä”, Kouvola Art Museum Poikilo, Finland


Existing Room video- and live performance, Meri Hietala & Henri Tuomi, Asbestos Art Space, Helsinki

Synty (eng. birth) solo performance in Silmänkääntötemppu-cross art Urban Art festival – kaupunkitaidefestivaali, Kouvola, Finland

Existing Room video- and live performance, Meri Hietala & Henri Tuomi, Kino Iiriksen AaVeet, Lahti

shRoom ritual, solo Performance, Performance evening-curated by Aino Johansson during her solo show Pimeä Valo (Dark Light), Asbestos Art Space, Helsinki


November 30th-December 1st “P.S. Time!” solo performances, Performance Site, Den Haag, Netherlands

September 2nd Ahtautuminen (English “Squeezing”) Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen, Wasteland festival, Jättömaa menee metsään, Kouvola, Finland

August 23rd Aqua Mana solo performance, Asian wind Finnish wood, Galleria Kookos, Helsinki, Finland

July 5 day International Performance Art Workshop – Body – Sound- environment.  Organized by Energia Akatemia (founder Meri Hietala) in collaboration with Artcenter Antares, Sippola, Finland www.energiaakatemia.com

June Aqua Mana solo performance, Culture moon Pecko, Huhdasjärvi, Finland

March Aqua Mana solo performance, Aller Retour näyttely @ Galleria Lapinlahti, Helsinki, Finland


VIPAW, Venice International Performance Art Week, Group perf and solo Aqua Mana, Venice, Italy

Aqua Mana solo performances Long durationals, PAB Open, Performance Art Bergen, Bergen, Norway

VeinEmoinen/Aqua Mana solo, Taidekeskus Antares, Performance art Day, Sippola, Finland

Ahtautuminen, Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen, Olohuone 306,4m2 Urban art festival, Turku, Finland

Aqua Mana Solo sound performance, PATO club Ambient initiated by Esa Kotilainen, Taideruukki, Kuusankoski, Finland

Kalervo Palsa demo (invited by working group Katri Kainulainen, Maximilliam Latva, Antti Ahonen, Arttu Kurttila), Mad House, Erkki Pirtola’s Memorial, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland


Lihallinen joulukalenteri – Meaty xmas calendar, 1-24.12. Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen, Reikä Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

Solo performance “A La Toopi”, Oksasenkatu 11 Gallery, opening of Suburbia exhibition by Katri Kainulainen and Antti Ahonen, Helsinki, Finland

Shower Opera collective performance with Maija Saksman, Maippi Ketola, Mariam Haji, Wasteland festival, Kouvola, Finland

“Lowe Dag 27” solo performances as part of Intercessions Open performance event, Scratch Art Space, part of Marrickville Art Trail, Sydney Art Month, Australia


Solo “Xmash Xhams” for LOCO Live performance festival, curated by Katya Petetskaya, Loco Project, Sydney, Australia

Performance “Xhams”, via skype in collaboration with Aamunkoiton Siat; Katri Kainulainen, Ella Tahkolahti, Maximilliam Latva, Antti Ahonen for Porin Juhlaviikot, Pori, Finland

Aqua Mana performance, collaboration with dancer Bonnie Curtis, On the CUSP, Bangarra Studio Dance Theater, Sydney, Australia

Ahtautuminen, Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen, into Plastic Bottle Sea, invited by Kaisa Salmi, Kouvola Art Museum, Kouvola, Finland

Ahtautuminen, Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen, Ars Auttoinen, invited by Komugi Ando, Finland

Ahtautuminen, Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen, Eskusplosion12H, ESKUS Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland

Ahtautuminen, Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen, invited by Komugi Ando, Gallery Katariina, Helsinki, Finland


“Closed violinist” Gallery 3H+K, Porin Juhlaviikot, Pori, Finland

SAHASTRA (Meri Hietala & Hanna Kaisa Vainio), Wasteland Festival, Kouvola, Finland

Reptile collaboration with Ranjit Menon, Jättömaa Wasteland Festival, Kouvola, Finland

BondAge1 performance collaboration with Aino Johansson, Gallery 3H + K, Pori, Finland

“Under the Urban Blanket” audiovisual collaboration with Chika Matsuda, screened @ MicrofilmFestival around Europe (Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin)

SAHASTRA (Meri Hietala & Hanna Kaisa Vainio) tour Barcelona, collaboration with Riders of Lost Current and Vj KSNK: NOOK culture center, NIU, Telenoika and school venues in Barcelona, Spain

Collaboration with Riders of the Lost Current, Ars Lieke iltamat, Kouvola, Finland


SAHASTRA (Meri Hietala & Hanna Kaisa Vainio) tour Helsinki; XL Art Space (with Vj KSNK), Pop Up Art House Diana stage (with Vj KSNK), Hissimusaa (music in the lift)Vallila festival, Mustekala 10th year anniversary, Akkuna Gallery & Tovi Gallery Lasipalatsi, Helsinki, Finland


Camouflage – Living Sculpture painting with Vj James Wright, Racket 20, Experimental Arts, Sounds&Visuals Club @ Miss Libertines, Melbourne, Australia

Dead Ants Trio; Merri Hellisnt & Troy Naumoff & Kevin Lo, Miss Libertines, Melbourne, Australia


Dead Ants Rainbow, sound art, Black Market, Gasometer, Melbourne, Australia

Fire Bird – Living Sculpture painting, Racket 16, Miss Libertines, Melbourne, Australia

Selected installations and exhibitions


19th Sept 2020-March 2021, Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen, Matkalla Maan Keskipisteeseen-Central Finland Exhibition, Jyväskylä Art Museum Holvi, Jyväskylä, Finland

February-April, #dreamingpod installation in Kouvola Artists association´s group exhibition titled Myötä, Kouvola Art Museum Poikilo, Kouvola, Finland


December, Solo exhibition Aqua Mana, Asbestos Art Space, Helsinki

Art Fair Suomi 2019, AFS 2019, Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen, DIY Ahtautuminen, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland 2019


September 10-14 Hospitality, Productivity, Mystery, Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen, Third Space Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

VeinEmoinen dot paintings in “Art – Tool”, Group Exhibition, Antares Art center, Sippola, Finland

Culture moon Pecko, environmental art group exhibition, in jury and organizing, also “Stinging Passage” art installation in the exhibition, Huhdasjärvi, Finland

RASi 637 group exhibition, in jury and organizing, Kouta Gallery, Kouvola, Finland


Solo exhibition “VeinEmoinen-Aqua Mana”, Kouta Gallery, Kouvola, Finland


Sound installation “Tearing the muse” for Art Trail, ‘Fractangular Gathering’, Tasmania, Australia


“Aqua Mana” soundpiece for “micro process”, curated by Irina Mutt, Nau Estruch, Barcelona, Spain

Ahtautuminen exhibition Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen for group show OK11 – Open Call 1, Gallery Oksasenkatu 11, Helsinki, Finland


Ahtautuminen installation Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen for T.E.H.D.A.S. Live and Dead Art exhibition in Pori Museum of Art, Pori, Finland

Ahtautuminen exhibition Meri Hietala & Antti Ahonen, Gallery 3H +K, Pori, Finland

REPTILE exhibition with Ranjit Menon, AMF Gallery, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

Soiva Metsä collective sound junk installation in forest @Jättömaa Festival, Kouvola, Finland

About Love group exhibition, curated by Aino Johansson, Gallery oYoY, Lahti, Finland

Rendez Vous Cellular exhibition Meri Hietala & Hanna Kaisa Vainio, NOOK Gallery, Barcelona, Spain


Ton+Ton exhibition Meri Hietala & Hanna Kaisa Vainio, Tovi Gallery, Lasipalatsi, Helsinki, Finland

Solo exhibition *POLUTON*, Kasematti IV Gallery, Harakka saari, Helsinki, Finland


Monniponix installation, Meri Hietala & Hanna Kaisa Vainio, Testaushalli – Laboratory Environmental Art group show@AAH, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland

Wooden Sculpture series “Dreamtime creation story” for Mia Mia Aboriginal Art Gallery, Westerfolds Park, Melbourne, Australia


ScanArt 2011 Group Show, 1000 Pound Bend Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

“WeB”, Hikulagi Environmental Sculpture park, Niue, South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand

NoTiced for Meirami collective in Group Show “Belonging”, Bahrain


”Feather Gardens” sculpture for MoreArt, Moreland City Council Public Art Show, Melbourne, Australia

ScanArt 2010 Group Show, 1000 Pound Bend Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


*memorial* Solo Art exhibition, Galleria Aralis, Helsinki, Finland

“Take Away” Group exhibition, Galleria Johan S, Helsinki, Finland

*MeMeMeMe* Solo Art Installation, Esplanadi Park, Helsinki, Finland

”ArtAttacks” Solo exhibition , Imagine Art Residency, Coomba, NSW, Australia


Group exhibition/Xmas Auction, Guildford lane Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

”Page 702” Solo exhibition , Eisenberg´s Gallery, The Victorian Museum Of Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia

Poste SF Group show , Melbourne Street Art Festival, Famous When Dead Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


Menkka Haukka Anti Fashion Show Tour, Collection ”!McEstae!”, Helsinki & Porvoo, Finland

Permanent public art works

“Creation story, Brolga Dreaming”, wood sculpture cypress pine, 2012, for Mia Mia Aboriginal Art Gallery, Alistair Knox Park, Melbourne, Australia

“WeB”, 2011, Hikulagi Environmental Sculpture park, Niue, South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand

“MissSpell”, wood sculpture, by the Merri Creek, 2012, Ceres Environmental Park, Melbourne, Australia

Residencies and Workshops

2019 Open Access Workshop, GRRRANIT SN, Belfort, France

2017-18 Antares Art Center –  Taidekeskus Antares, Sippola, Finland

2017 Climate Whirl Workshop, Shift Register, Hyytiälän Metsäasema – Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, Juupajoki, Finland

2017 Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, Finnish Bio Art Society, Finland

2015 Climate Whirl Workshop, The Art of Measuring the Woods, Hyytiälän Metsäasema – Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, Juupajoki, Finland

2015 Imagine, Coomba, NSW, Australia

2013-17 RASi637, Kouvola, Finland

2012 Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, Finnish Bio Art Society, Finland

2010 Blender Studios, Melbourne, Australia

2009 Imagine, Coomba, NSW, Australia





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