*Biography*Statement*CV*

MERI HIETALA

*Merri Hellisnt*

 

Biography

Meri Hietala is an multimedia artist currently based in Kouvola, Finland. She creates performances, site specific installations 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 2006. Over the years inspiring materials and such have been random found objects, wastelands, off cuts, dirt and organic ones (plants, humans, fishes) as well as fresh and endangered sounds. She explores inner and outer environments with physical and acoustic methods, and is working for the earth.

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.”

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Selected performances

2018

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

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

August 23 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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

“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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

“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

2014

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

2013

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

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

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

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

2009

*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

2008

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

2007

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

 

Education

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

Member of

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

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

2017-18 Antares Art Center, Sippola, Finland

2017 Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, Finnish Bio Art Society, 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

 

 

Contact

memhietala@gmail.com

SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/rimec7

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