Talks

Amie Siegel

Helsinki, Finland

Artek is renowned as being one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, creating new paths at the intersection of design, architecture and art. On the occasion of its 80th anniversary Artek hosted an evening of talks in Helsinki’s Finlandia Hall.

When the architect and designer couple Alvar and Aino Aalto, the arts patron Maire Gullichsen and the art historian and critic Nils-Gustav Hahl founded Artek on 15 October 1935 in Helsinki, one of the most unusual and ambitious projects in the history of furniture was launched. The founders conceived Artek as a platform for modern art, industry, interior design and propaganda. From the very beginning, they saw Artek as a vehicle for entering into a multi-layered dialogue with the international avant-garde and intensifying cultural exchange with the world. Eighty years later, Artek Talks intends to shed light on various disciplines that shape the cultural landscape of today. Moderated by Helsinki-based architect and educator Tuomas Toivonen, individual lectures will be given by the following speakers.

Irma Boom, Graphic designer, Netherlands 
Amie Siegel, Artist, US 
Jean-Philippe Vassal, Architect, France 
Peter Vesterbacka, Mighty Eagle, Finland

Amie Siegel, Artist

Amie Siegel (born 1974 in Chicago, US) is an artist whose works ranges from photography, video, film installations, performance and feature films for the cinema. Amie Siegel's work has been featured in solo exhibitions including Amie Siegel: Provenance at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and solo and group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; CCA Wattis, San Francisco, MoMA PS1; MAXXI Museum, Rome; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Walker Art Center and the Zabludowicz Collection, London.

Her films have screened at the Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Her work is in public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Amie Siegel has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner-Kunstlerprogramm and the Guggenheim Foundation, a recipient of the ICA Boston's Foster Prize, a 2012 Sundance Institute award, the 2014 Forum Expanded award at the Berlin Film Festival and a 2015 Creative Capital Award.

Her film work Provenance (2013) traces in reverse the global trade in furniture from the Indian city of Chandigarh. The work enacts a slow reveal over multiple parts, asking questions about the speculative markets of art and design.

Links
Artek website
Amie Siegel website


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