Helsinki Biennial 2023 reveals New Directions May Emerge as the title of its second edition, which will bring together around 30 established and emerging artists and collectives from Finland and across the world. Curated by Joasia Krysa, the biennial reflects on some of the major issues of our time such as environmental damage, political conflict and the effects of technology.
For 2023, the biennial expands beyond the island or Vallisaari to the city of Helsinki — the world’s northern-most metropolitan area — to embrace its position in the gulf of Finland. With an emphasis on outdoor spaces on the island, the biennial additionally sprawls across the mainland.
Helsinki Biennial 2023 unfolds through multimodal acts of noticing, sensing and sense-making. Moving from humans to non-humans and between varying scales — a spectrum spanning data as the smallest scale, through to islands and speculative new worlds denoting the largest — the biennial invites audiences to consider how recognizing small or otherwise invisible details might prompt possibilities to act, to imagine differently, and reconcile the impact of human intervention, environmental and technological damage.