Winner of the 2017 Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Artist Award
Minna Henriksson (b. 1976)
Minna Henriksson is currently based in Helsinki. She studied art in Brighton, Helsinki and Malmö and has lived longer periods in South-East Europe. Her artwork is often dealing with hidden and underlying politics in seemingly neutral and natural processes. One of the fields of focus in her work has been the dynamics and power-positions within the art scene. She is currently involved in research about working conditions of art workers.
She has been dealing with the issue of nationalism in her artistic work as well as theoretically, in connection to contemporary art, together with sociologist Sezgin Boynik. She has exhibited broadly in Finland as well as internationally. In 2010 she realized a permanent public artwork in Trabzon, Turkey. Upcoming exhibitions this year will be in Oulu Art Museum, Survival Kit festival by the Center for Contemporary Art Riga, public artwork in suburb of Oslo with Kulturbyrået Mesen, and exhibition in the Lenin-museum of Tampere.
Henriksson was chosen from a list of nomminees:
Ulf Aminde; Marwa Arsanios; Barby Asante; Gesellschaft der Freund_innen von Halit (Kassel); Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya); Minna L. Hennrikkson; Victoria Lomasko; Mladen Miljanovic; Erkan Özgen; Anton Vidokle;
proposed by the Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Committee 2017 made up of the following persons:
Aurora Fonda (I, SLO); Ralf Homann (D); Marina Napruschkina (BY, D); Khaled Jarrar (PAL); Kristina Norman (EST); Christan Rathner (A); Anda Rottenberg (PL); Brigitte van der Sande (NL); Kevin Smith (GB); Pelin Tan (TUR); Masha Zusmann (IL)