Helsinki Contemporary (FI)

Helsinki Contemporary shows distinguished contemporary art by emerging and established artists from Finland and abroad. Spanning all artistic media, the core of the gallery's programme are artists who take an ambitious, in-depth approach to their work. The gallery focuses on creating international networks between artists, curators and galleries.

Hannaleena Heiska (FI)

Hannaleena Heiska’s paintings, drawings, video works and performances create illusions of captured moments, different worlds, and subcultures. She makes her paintings in a single sitting, “alla prima”, and their effortless looking brushwork gives her paintings the feeling of a fleeting moment, and of melancholy. Her imagery has been inspired by ideas of the multiverse, artificial intelligence, futurity, and the possibility of life after death. Her recent works explore timelessness, humanity, and signs of utopia, with a starting point in the sci-fi novel The Blazing World (1666) by Margaret Cavendish.

Hannaleena Heiska (b. 1973, Oulu; FI) was one of the artists nominated for the Ars Fennica Award in 2011. Heiska has exhibited internationally, for example: at the 4th Ural Industrial Biennial, Yekaterinburg (2017; RU); Gothenburg Museum of Art (2015; SE), and Espace Louis Vuitton Gallery (2012; JP). Heiska has also been the subject of an extensive early to mid-career retrospective exhibition at the Turku Art Museum (2019; FI). Heiska’s works are included in many significant collections, such as the Gothenburg Museum of Art (SE), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (FI), Saastamoinen Foundation (FI) and Wihuri Foundation (FI).

The Blazing World I

Oil on mdf, 130 x 120 cm
2021

Photo by Jussi Tiainen
Courtesy of Helsinki Contemporary
In private collection

 

Blazing World VIII

Oil on mdf, 130 x 120 cm
2021

Photo by Ville Löppönen
Courtesy of Helsinki Contemporary
In private collection

 

Orlando IV

Charcoal on paper, framed, 95 x 88 cm
2021

Photo by Ville Löppönen
Courtesy of Helsinki Contemporary

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Blazing World VII

Charcoal on paper, framed, 78 x 90 cm
2021

Photo by Ville Löppönen
Courtesy of Helsinki Contemporary

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Orlando V

Oil on mdf, 110 x 90 cm
2021

Photo by Ville Löppönen
Courtesy of Helsinki Contemporary
Saastamoinen foundation

 

Blazing World XVI

Oil on mdf, 130 x 120 cm
2021

Photo by Jussi Tiainen
Courtesy of Helsinki Contemporary

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Hannaleena Heiska, Blazing World, 2021, installation view

Rehearsal of performance by Hannaleena Heiska and dancer Minna Tervamäki. The duo has collaborated since 2016 with performances that combine contemporary dance, ballet and painting, breaking boundaries between the different art forms

Hannaleena Heiska & Minna Tervamäki, 2020. Camera by Mikko Lampinen and music by Timo Kaukolampi