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Maarit Suomi-Väänänen

School: Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) Arts Academy / Degree Programme in Film and Media
Field of Studies: Documentary
Website Reference: http://www.maaritsuomi.fi/
Major Achievements: 19th of Nov 2015:
Maarit Suomi-Väänänen is an award winning media artist and graduate of the University of Art and Design,
Helsinki. Maarit combines the expressive forms of visual art to optical possibilities. Her short flms ponder social and emotional
themes as well as themes connected to identity and communication. Praised as fascinating and open to a multitude of interpretations,
Maarit’s works have toured in 38 countries and presented in numerous galleries, institutions, festivals and broadcast, including the
Museum of Modern Art Kiasma in Helsinki, YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company, IDFA in Amsterdam, and the Virserum Kunsthall in
Sweden along with the work of renowned video artists, Bill Viola and Eija-Liisa Ahtila, among others. Her short flm, Up and About
Again, won the Best International Short Film Award at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2009 in Montreal, Canada. Her Minispectacle
Trio won the 1st Prize at TUFF Toronto Urban Film Festival Canada 2014, judge Guy Maddin. Maarit works with the 3-years media
artist´s grant by the Arts Promotion Centre. 2016 Maarit will work in the Gleis70 residency for 5months in Zurich.




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