Artists for the FRESH START programme have been selected! Artists will start developing their work in Autumn 2022, and the works will be performed in the New Performance Turku Biennale in September 2023.
Wilhelm Blomberg, born at 356 ppm, is an environmental activist, artist and educator based in Helsinki. After being trained as a dancer, he has developed an interest for durational and improvisational scores as departures for making performances. He is always looking for ways to weave together his long time curiosities about interaction, night time, humour and activism in different kinds of artistic endevours, to various degrees of success. Wilhelm spends his waking hours figuring out how to best empower people into taking action for the environment.
Dash Che (they/them) is a transnational Russian American queer live artist and a dancer who has been living and making artwork in Finland since 2019. Dash works with the questions of estrangement, migration, labor, memories and intimacy. A child of post-Soviet and a former undocumented immigrant in the United States, Dash plays with fictioning, overlapping temporalities, translocalities and conflicting aesthetics.Currently Dash is exploring how to misalign patriotism and patriotic feelings through art making which feels especially urgent for a Russian-born artist during the time of war. Their ongoing artistic research called “How to Like Finland and How Finland Can Like Me (too)“ looks into how patriotic feelings are produced and how they affect our (foreigners) bodies in the current state of precarious living.
Suvi Tuominen is a performance artist, dancer and archaeologist. Her artistic thinking digs into the layers of heritage studies, world relations and performance. Suvi’s work history consists of several collaborations in which, for example, the methods of visual, sound, media and conceptual art have been present. In the year 2021 she graduated from the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki from the Live Art and Performance Studies MA program.
Tuuli Vahtola is a performer and choreographer living in Helsinki. She graduated from DOCH/Stockholm University of the Arts in 2017 and holds a BA in Dance Performance. She works by herself and with others in different roles: performing, choreographing, facilitating. In her choreographic work Tuuli is intrigued by intimacy, touch and imagining as well as the corporeality of language; how words materialise in the body, suggesting circumstances for sensory experience. Since 2018 Tuuli has been a member of Precarious Practices, a working group and a platform focusing on artistic exchange and formed by eleven freelance dancers and choreographers.