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Open call for the Pavilion of Finland at the Venice Biennale 2017

Deadline 10.1.2016

Frame Visual Art Finland invites proposals for the Pavilion of Finland at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.

Project proposals

Frame Visual Art Finland is seeking project proposals that examine independence as something formed through complex processes of dependence – ranging from natural resources and labour, language and religion to geopolitics, international commerce and law. The logic of exclusion, forgetting and silencing, is also to be recognised as foundational in the construction of national identity.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence in 2017, we face an urgent need to reflect on how this is enfolded within the many histories as well as possible futures in a global realm ravaged today by many simultaneous, intertwined crises. The Pavilion of Finland, located in the Giardini in Venice, offers an acute critical context for this reflection.

Proposals may be submitted by a curator working together with an artist or vice versa. The curator and the artist can be individual or a collective. The artists must be based in Finland or be Finnish citizens.


The deadline for the applications is 10 January 2016. The international jury will invite 3–5 applicants to develop their proposals further. Each applicant invited to the second phase will receive a fee of 2000 euros, which can be used for covering work and travel costs as well as other expenses related to the project.

In April 2016, one project will be selected to be realised for the Pavilion of Finland at the Venice Biennale 2017. In addition to the Biennale exhibition, an extensive programme of research and debate as well as a publication will be produced based on the outcome of the open call.

Application guidelines and more information

Raija Koli, Director, Frame Visual Art Finland, raija.koli(a)frame-finland.fi

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