Participants 2020 & 2021

Vishnu Vardhani

Vishnu Vardhani RAJAN (b.Hyderabad, India) is a Body-Philosopher and Performance Artist based in Helsinki. A hyphenated identity, multidisciplinary practices, building connections between art, science, witchcraft, history and cultures define her. Vishnu explores shame, through dance, acting and stand-up comedy. Vishnu’s persona Vamp Master Brown is the first Indian Drag King in Helsinki. She intends to

Iida Valme

Iida Valme (b.1999, Boston, MA) comes from a Haitian and Finnish background, has grown up in the U.S., Estonia, Chile, Finland, and Kenya before going to study Kinesiology in McGill University in Montréal. She returned to Finland to pursue her passion in filmmaking and production, as well as to “re-root herself”. Growing up, mobility has

Sanjay Shrestha

Sanjay Shrestha (b.1993, Nepal) moved to Finland in 2012 as a Hospitality Management Student. He is an amateur screenwriter and Filmmaker aiming at establishing a professional career. Since his Childhood, watching movies has remained his main hobby. This interest has turned into curiosity, and the art of filmmaking has drawn his attention quite strongly to

Samra Šabanović

Samra Šabanović (b. 1992, Bosnia and Herzegovina) grew up in Sarajevo and moved to Helsinki for her master studies. She graduated in Fine Arts at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and has obtained her MA in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art at Aalto University. Samra has been mostly working with photography and

Libbie Katsev

Libbie Katsev (b. 1995, California) was born in the U.S. in a Russian-Jewish family. She has been using writing and comics to explore her heritage as well as themes of memory, space and place, and sound. Libbie previously lived for a time in Moscow, where she researched street music. She moved to Helsinki to pursue

Shia Conlon

Shia Conlon is a lens-based artist originally from Ireland, now living and working in Helsinki, Finland. His work explores power structures that might oppress a body such as religion, gender, the family, the state, and class. Working with his own history growing up in Catholic Ireland he explore questions like what happens to a body

Nadezhda Atanasova

Nadezhda Atanasova (b. 1997 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria) currently based in Helsinki has a passion for fiction, cinema and storytelling. After taking part in student and amateur theatres she has chosen to devote herself to cinema and film production.

Imaneh Ameli

Imaneh Ameli (b. 1984, Iran) is a communication specialist based in Helsinki. She came to Finland four and a half years ago to study her second Master’s degree in Global Sociology at Tampere University. She holds another Masters degree in Communication Science from Tehran University. She cares about equality in the society in an intersectional

Támara Aalto

Támara Aalto (b. Spain), studied Environmental Sciences and afterwards decided to make a change getting into the Art School of Zaragoza studying Illustration. Always curious about her unknown Nordic roots, she came to Finland with the plan of staying only for 2 months to find some clues; she ended up staying longer to explore and