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Riikka Kupsala graduated as Bachelor of Fine Arts from TUAS Arts Academy in 2017. She works conceptually in time and space arts. Kupsala’s artistic expression is based on moving images, and sculpturing and textile designing methods. She also utilizes data and elements from activism, participatory arts, and performance arts in her work. Kupsala explores consumerism and its social and ecological sustainability through personal point of view. In 2023 she had a solo exhibition on the ecological and social sustainability of apparel. The exhibition was composed of parts created with mixed methods and materials. Textile- and video-based pieces convey information on garments, their manufacturing processes, acquisition, use, and disposal. Now Kupsala is working on her main topic – the sustainability of consumerism – further in the context of clothing and food industry.

EDUCATION

2013-2017

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences

2012-2013

Basic Studies of Visual Arts
Orivesi College of Arts

2001-2005

Bachelor of Business Administration
Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences

MEMBERSHIPS

2022-

Artists' Association MUU

2019-

Turku Artists' Association

2017-2020

Nykykulttuuriyhdistys Suunnitelma B ry (B-Galleria), Turku

GRANTS

2023

Public Display Grant
Arts Promotion Centre Finland

VISEK Grant
VISEK Centre for the Promotion of Visual Art

2022

Art Grant
City of Turku

2021

Covid-19 grant for artist
Arts Promotion Centre Finland

2020

Working Grant
The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Varsinais-Suomi Regional Fund

2018

Art Grant
TOP-Säätiö, Turku

2017

Stipend
Turun Piirustuskoulun säätiö

2013

Stipend
Orivesi College of Arts

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023

The Weight of Fabric
Galleria Rajatila, Tampere

The Weight of Fabric
Galleria Huuto, Helsinki

2020

Consumer Intervention
B-galleria, Turku

2017

To Be Seen
Köysirata Gallery, Turku

2015

Ole hyvä ja tyynnytä levoton mieleni
Joint exhibition with Mira Roivainen
Köysirata Gallery, Turku

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022

Overflow – Visual Artists of Taiteen talo
Taiteen talo of Turku

2021

97th Annual Exhibition of Turku Artists' Association
Kunsthalle Turku

2019

LOGOMO ARTISTS
Logomo, Turku

2018

B14
B-galleria, Turku

2015

6th space
ICT-City, Turku

2013

Tampere Region Art Orienteering
Orivesi College of Arts, Orivesi

2010

Ostrobothnia Regional Exhibition of Visual Arts
Nelimarkka Museum, Alajärvi

RESIDENCIES

2023

AiR Frosterus, Kärsämäki, Finland

OTHER ARTISTIC ACTIVITY

2023

Weaves of Hope, community-engaged festival installation
In collaboration with visual artist Jone Mutka, Ruisrock Festival and Taiteen talo in Turku
Ruisrock 2023, Turku

2022

Weaves of Hope, community-engaged festival installation
In collaboration with visual artist Jone Mutka, Ruisrock Festival and Taiteen talo in Turku
Ruisrock 2022, Turku

2021

Open Studio
Konstrundan, nationwide event in Finland

2018

Artist and Social Welfare -workshop: screening and artist talk
Artspace TOMA, Daegu and SpaceBA, Seoul

Pimppiviuhkat I and II -animations at V-Day Turku 2018 event
Jo-Jo Theatre, Turku

POSITIONS OF TRUST

2023

Member of the board
Artists' Association MUU

Member of the board
Turku Artists' Association

2022

Member of the board
Turku Artists' Association

2021

Deputy member of the board
Turku Artists' Association

2020

Member of the board
Nykykulttuuriyhdistys Suunnitelma B ry (B-Galleria), Turku

2019

Vice-chairperson
Nykykulttuuriyhdistys Suunnitelma B ry (B-Galleria), Turku

2018

Chairperson
Nykykulttuuriyhdistys Suunnitelma B ry (B-Galleria), Turku