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EMMA Talks: Appreciating Equality and Art

Wed 22.11.2023 at 17:30–18:30

Aitio venue, 2nd floor, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Exhibition Centre WeeGee, Ahertajantie 5, Tapiola, Espoo

Free for everyone who register to the event. Please register on EMMAs website (this will take you to a Finnish e-form).

Artists Maarit Hedman and Anu Haapanen discuss art and equality as well as darkness and light. Both artists worked at a residency in the northern border town of Tornio organised in late 2022 by the Aine Art Museum and Culture for All Service. The subject of their talk at EMMA is their experiences as a seeing and a blind artist working as equals. How was art making affected by the collaboration as the dialogue between darkness and light was refined into art? The talk will also address the issues faced by disabled artists in Finland. What is the situation of disabled artists in the Finnish art scene regarding equality? The talk is facilitated by critic Sini Mononen, who has written about the role of art in society.

You can participate in the discussion free of charge if you register to the event. Please register on EMMAs website (this will take you to a Finnish e-form).

Accessibility and safer space policy

The discussion will be in Finnish. Speech-to-text interpretation and interpretation to Finnish Sign Language will be provided. We aim to arrange also induction loop to the event.

EMMA is an accessible museum. The second floor of the museum is conveniently accessible by lift. The circulation route is threshold-free with ample space for assistive devices. Strollers, wheelchairs and walkers are available for loan at the entrance. More information about accessibility on EMMA’s website.

Safer space policy of EMMA (this will take you to EMMA’s website)

Live stream

The event will be live streamed to the Facebook page of EMMA (www.facebook.com/emmamuseum), direct link: EMMA Talks live stream (this will take you to Facebook). People following the live stream can also participate in discussion.

The Sign Language interpreters will be visible in the stream.

Link to follow the speech-to-text interpretation online (this will take you to Text on tap).


The discussion is part of DiDa – Disability Day Art & Action festival.

The talk is organised collaboratively by EMMA and the Making Space for Artistry project coordinated by the Culture for All Service. Promoting equality for disabled artists and artists who use sign language, the project is funded by the Kone Foundation.




The Aine Art Museum’s website


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