ENTER HELSINKI: Meeri Koutaniemi, Sami Yaffa

at 16:30–00:00
Helsinki-Vantaan lentoasema, 01531 Vantaa

Welcome to Helsinki! During Helsinki Festival, the busiest entrances into the city will transform into shared art experiences.

ENTER HELSINKI brings new ambient art works utilising light and sound to the Central Railway Station, Helsinki Airport and the West Terminal. At the same time, these funnels of human flows turn into experiential spaces that beckon you to stop and take a break from your everyday life.

The first featured artists in this multiannual programme are three duos combining different art genres. Utilising sound and image in several ways, these works challenge you to ponder the themes of arriving, leaving, waiting and free mobility from a new perspective.

Meeri Koutaniemi is a photographer, journalist and documentarist who was born in Kuusamo. Koutaniemi’s work has focused on human rights and identity issues. She has worked as a photographer and journalist in over 50 countries and filmed documentaries in several countries. Koutaniemi was selected as the Photographer of the Year in Finland in 2012 and 2013.

Sami Yaffa gained fame as a member of Pelle Miljoona Oy, Hanoi Rocks in the 1980s, Jetboy, Demolition 23 and New York Dolls in the 2000s. Yaffa’s world music travel series Sound Tracker received two Golden Venla awards.