Jukka Huhtala (39, Finland) is an observer of the human animal: its ambivalent behavior, its longing for perfection, and its failure to integrate into the societal structures which it has created for itself. His large paintings have been shown in Finland, Germany and Japan. Now he presents his exhibition “Liar” in Berlin.
So, when was the last time you lied?
Norwegian architect Hege Schjønhaug started her own business Iroko Arkitekter AS together with Eva Birkevold in Ålesund, one year ago, after working for other agencies. She gets inspired by people who work hard and challenge themselves and who push themselves further. Her connection to Berlin stems from her exchange year at TU Berlin which was highly recommended to her by other students at her university in Trondheim.
Finnish dancer Nelly Hakkarainen (23) came to Berlin almost 5 years ago. Having finished her dance education she is now working on her own projects together with her Korean boyfriend, Wooguru. The symbiosis of their different cultural backgrounds has come to fruition. With their ongoing improvisation piece grounded they have already been to New York, Ourique, Tampere and Helsinki. Next month they even have a residency in Seoul.
Finnish jewellery designer and owner of P O N Y Annea Lounatvuori (30) is a creative by heart, who loves adapting art to design (and visa versa), share thoughts, dreams and visions and learn about new materials and techniques. Annea enjoyed collaborating with Katja Hagelstam at the Local Helsinki Gallery, the Finnish fashion label R/H and the fashion store Acolyth. Her P O N Y jewellery has been shown at various exhibitions such as Artek Helsinki, as well as in many magazines like ELLE, Gloria or HUILI. Those passions empower her to create beautiful jewellery filled with meaning, love and excitement.
Swedish make-up artist Maria Boman (23) is definitely a girl with some attitude. Before moving to Berlin from Luleå, Maria grew up with the hardcore scene in the north of Sweden, making vegan food for punk bands from all over the world. As a kid she had a fierce admiration for panpipe music. Today she works as a make-up artist for various projects, conscious about her duty to push feminist ideas within the beauty industry, whilst avoiding divisive radicalism.
Swede Henrik Tidefjärd is a globetrotter who has his fingers on the pulse of time when it comes to lifestyle and travel trends. He came to Berlin in 2001 to polish up on his German and stayed after falling deeply in love with the city and its people. This year he celebrated the tenth anniversary of his agency, Berlinagenten, Berlin´s top agency for individual travelers and trend-oriented companies.
Norwegian Håvard J. Nilsen loves Burroughs, Whitman, Blake and Bjørneboe. He has called for The Nobel Peace Prize to be granted to Edward Snowden. In 2011 he spent the fall season writing in Berlin. His works have been published in Lasso, La Granada, KAMILLA and Årbok for Meløy and Bøygens online edition.
You’ve been spending some time in Berlin while working on your poems. What did you find so seductive and inspiring about the German capital?
Oh, Berlin is so much, on multiple levels. The history, all the different cultural expressions, the space of the city, so wide(especially for a Norwegian, used to mountains …). But I think the thing with Berlin for me is that it was the first foreign city I traveled to all alone, as a beginning of my semester abroad. I found myself lost in a city that I had heard and read about my whole life, it was an amazing and somewhat terrifying feeling. Continue reading