Residency artists and researchers

Media and video art

Nastja Säde Rönkkö

Media artist

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Kuva: Jussi Virkkumaa

At Saari Residence, I will be working on the scripts for my new video installations. During my residency, I will ponder the role and importance of text and writing in artistic work in more depth. Through my writing, I explore eco-anxiety, the future of the planet, crises and surviving them, the importance of slowness, finding alternatives, community, ecology, power relationships, listening, humanity, and the relationship between all these themes and the digital age. My video scripts borrow their form from poetry and songwriting. During the residency, I also want to see if it would be possible for my texts to serve as independent works, such as poems or books. My expectation for the residency is to have peaceful working conditions that allow me to focus on my writing and the associated work and investigation of the subject.


Nastja Säde Rönkkö has been active in the international art scene since 2005. Rönkkö’s works have been widely displayed in private and group exhibitions, at festivals and biennials both in Finland and abroad. In recent years, she has participated in exhibitions at Kiasma, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, FACT Liverpool, the Sydney Opera House, the Somerset House in London and the UCCA Dune Art Museum in China. Among her latest solo exhibitions is for those yet to be at EMMA, the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (2020). In 2019, Rönkkö was selected as the Finnish Young Artist of the Year. In addition to the scholarship and the publication of her book, the award included solo exhibitions at the Tampere Art Museum and Aboa Vetus Ars Nova in Turku.