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Our Guests in Finland

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Our guests

Our guests are writers-in-residence, artists and curators who spend a longer time in Finland at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut and/ or their partner institutions in order to concentrate on their work and to network in the Finnish cultural scene. We introduce these guests on this site, and some of them report in text and pictures on their experiences in Finland, their work and the residence stay.

Lea Sauer Photo (detail): Sebastian Schütz.

Lea Sauer

Lea Sauer is a German writer and essayist and will be writer-in-residence in August/September 2021 in Helsinki. She was part of the Creative Writing Course at the Deutsche Literaturinstitut in Leipzig. Her short stories have been short listed for the New Voices Award of PEN International and published in German media.

Stephan Weitzel © www.tim-deussen.de

Stephan Weitzel

Stephan Weitzel ist ein deutsch-französischer Autor und Künstler. Im August-September 2022 ist er als Stadtschreiber in Helsinki eingeladen. In seinem Blog schreibt er über seine Gedanken zu Finnland und zur Residenz.

Luise Boege Bild: Luise Boege

Luise Boege

Luise Boege war im August/ September 2020 als Stadtschreiberin auf Einladung des Goethe-Instituts für vier Wochen in Helsinki. Über ihre Eindrücke kannst du in ihrem Finnland-Tagebuch nachlesen.

Other guests in Finnland

Àile Aikio © Goethe-Institut Finnland

Áile Aikio

Áile is a Sámi museum professional and a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Lapland. In her Ph.D. Aikio studies Sámi museums and scrutinizes how to indigenize and sámify museum and museum practices.


Fumi Takayanagi

Fumi Takayangi studied European Ethnology at Humboldt University in Berlin. In her research, she deals with provenance research of the Sámi collection, especially of the collector Julius Konietzko.

Marie-Andrée Gill © Sophie Gagnon Bergeron

Marie-Andrée Gill

Marie-Andrée Gill is Pekuakamishkueu and identifies primarily as a poet. She lives in L’Anse-Saint-Jean, Quebec and is part of „The Right to Be Cold“. In October/November of 2021 she is a resident in Sámpi.

Tatiana Philippova © Tatiana Philippova

Tatiana Philippova

Tatiana Philippova is a writer, queer person, a lesbian and a Sakha woman. She recollects her «self» by decolonizing her experience.As a resident of the project „The Right to Be Cold“ she is in October/November 2021 in Malakta.

Niap © private


Based in Montreal, QC, Niap (Nancy Saunders) is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist. As a part of the interdisciplinary project called „The Right to Be Cold“ she is a in Malakta in October/November 2021.

Karina Griffith, Optical Silence (2018) Photo: Katie Lee Dunbar

Karina Griffith

From the end of February 2020, Karina Griffith will be in Finland for four weeks as a guest of HIAP and the Goethe-Institut.
Her interests include exploring the intricacies of identity and the immigrant perspective.

Self-portrait of the illustrator EL BOUM with rainbow and flowers Iluustration: EL BOUM


EL BOUM, Jasmina El Bouamraoui, is a German-Moroccan illustrator from Berlin. Their hand-drawn work has a fresh feel and invites the viewer to question clichés of all kinds.

Chantal-Fleur Sandjon Photo: Stefan Preuhs

Chantal-Fleur Sandjon

Chantal-Fleur Sandjon is a communication scientist, writer and editor. She has been working as a spoken-word artist, artistically accompanying post-colonial city walks, designing diversity workshops and working as an education officer at the Berlin Queer Education Unit. 

Jared Gradinger Jared Gradinger

Jared Gradinger

Jared Gradinger takes part in the project “The right to be cold* – circumpolar perspectives” and was as a resident artist at Malakta, Finland, from 9th till 30th October 2019.

Övül Durmusoglu Photo: Övül Durmusoglu

Övül Durmusoğlu

Övül Ö. Durmusoğlu is a curator and writer working in the intersection of contemporary art, politics, critical and gender theory and popular culture.

An Paenhuysen Photo: Sergio Urbina/HIAP

An Paenhuysen

An Paenhuysen is a freelance curator, art writer and pedagogue living in Berlin. She has been guest resident of HIAP in Helsinki several times.

Kamila Metwaly Photo: Christina Rizk

Kamila Metwaly

Kamila Metwaly is a music journalist, electronic musician and curator based between Berlin and Cairo.

Aino Korvensyrjä Photo: Aino Korvensyrjä

Aino Korvensyrjä

Aino Korvensyrjä is a social scientist and migrants’ rights campaigner, based in Berlin and Helsinki

Anna Bromley Photo: Stefan Mueller Konzertfotos

Anna Bromley

Anna Bromley develops exhibitions, installations, performances, texts, radio conversations, and plays.

Grey Photo: Bernard Hermant | Unsplash

Airi Triisberg

Airi Triisberg is interested e.g. in the overlapping fields between political activism and contemporary art practices, issues related to gender and sexualities, illness/health and dis/abilities.