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I felt the dentist’s warm hand on my cheek, stared at ”Coral animals on the Mediterranean Sea” image attached to the ceiling and thought:
it’s all about caring, respecting, belonging to something bigger than human.

Anna-Sofia Sysser (born 1986, Helsinki, Finland) is an artist working with multidisciplinary media. Sysser is currently studying Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (MA) in Aalto University and working with her Master’s thesis on artificial ‘tropical’ in Finland.

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION
2015-> Master of Arts, Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA), Aalto University, Helsinki
2016 Exchange studies, Kyoto City University of Arts, Department of Media and Concept Planning
2008-2012 Drama Instructor, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku Arts Academy
2007-2008 Lahti Folk High School, Theatre
2005-2007 Tailor, Helsinki City College of Culinary, Fashion and Beauty
2002-2005 Finnish Matriculation Examination, Kallio Upper Secondary School

WORK

Visual arts, exhibitions
2017 Rytmitaju 2017 16.6.-3.9.2017, group exhibition, Hyvinkään taiteilijaseura Promenadigalleria (Hyvinkää)
2017 Space Invaders V – Tolerance, group exhibition +event, Lielahti mansion, (Tampere)
2016 27th International Students’ Exhibition, group exhibition, Gallery @KCUA (Kyoto)
2016 Pori Biennaali 2016 – Saatanan kesänäyttely, group exhibition, Generaattorigalleria (Pori)
2016 Salon de Porveaux, group exhibition, Porvoon Taidehalli (Porvoo)
2015 Yllätysparatiisi/Surprise Paradise, Oksasenkatu 11 -galleria (Helsinki)
2014 Katon ja lattian välissä (trans. Between the Ceiling And the Floor), with architect Helmi Kajaste, Sorbus-gallery (Helsinki)
2013 Collecting – Recollecting, Deck Drei (Berlin)
2012 Vaihe (trans. Phase), group exhibition, XL Art Space (Helsinki)
2012 B + Titanik, group exhibition, Titanik-gallery (Turku)

Solo Performances
2016 Air Dress, Porvoon Taidehalli (Porvoo)
2015 I Wanted to Make a Beautiful, Non Stop Sense live art happening, Exhibition Laboratory, (Helsinki)
2014 Katon ja lattian välissä (trans. Between the Ceiling And the Floor), Sorbus-gallery (Helsinki)
2013 20 Square Score, Vienna LABseries 1|0, Schaukasten (Wien)
2013 Passport, Expat Expo Festival, English Theatre Berlin
2012 Creating Personal Space, Galerie Toolbox & Werkstadt (Berlin)
2012 Piknik, Performance fiesta –performance art festival (Tampere)
2012 Minulla on tämä kaikki sisälläni (I have all this in me), Kutomo art space (Turku)

Collaborative performances
2014 Villin ääret (Verges of The Wild), with writer Jenni Hurmerinta, Runokuu festival, The Winter Garden (Helsinki)
2014 Vierailija (Visitor), with visual artist Enni Suominen, Galleria Gjutars (Vantaa, Finland)
2013 Luonnoksia eräältä illalliselta (Sketches of a Dinner), Theatre Talvi (Helsinki)
2013 sub_space, live visual artist, Perpetual Movement Sound, at HAU3 as part of 100grad Festival (Berlin)
2012 Miten kuuluu eksyä (How you are supposed to get lost), with writer Jenni Hurmerinta, The Poetry Week in Southwest Finland (Turku)
2012 Moderni häpeäpaalu (Modern pillory), duo with Saara Kanerva Tamminen, Fem – Feministic Art Happening & Present Time Art Fair Festival (2011) B-gallery (Turku)
2011 Second Hand Knowledge, conversation art event inside Blackmarket -art concept, collaborated with S.K. Tamminen & H.Pullo, commissioned by Mobile Academy Berlin (Turku)

Directing
2015 Birds of Paradise, Oksasenkatu 11 gallery, (Helsinki)
2012 Koskettava Turku (Touching Turku), performative city tour, Olohuone 306,4 km2 Public Art Festival (Turku)
2011-12,2014-15 Tyttöjen teatteri (Girls’ Theatre), Girls’ House Helsinki & Turku (Helsinki, Turku)
2010 Piiri – круг (The Circle), Tehdas Theatre (Turku)

Workshops
2016 Adornment Workshop , Porvoon Taidehalli (Porvoo)
2015 Visuality -> Performance, Ruang Gerilya gallery (Bandung)
2014 Exercises for the body and the space, Sorbus gallery (Helsinki)
2013 National/Personal?, co-lead with drama instructor Minna Partanen, English Theatre Berlin (Berlin)
2012 Solo Performance Workshop, co-lead with dancer/choreographer Rea-Liina Brunou, B-gallery (Turku)

Performer
2013 Maledetta Primavera, short movie, dir. Elina Minn, Antagon Turku Festival (Turku)
2013 See clearly, video installation, dir. Sakari Tervo, Titanik-galleria (Turku)
2011 Gogol’s Nose, Theatre Talvi (Helsinki)
2011 Tukkasotkat Beta, XS Vol.3 – Festival for New Dance and Performance Art, Kutomo (Turku)

Producer
2015 Esitystaiteen seura – Live Art Society (substitute for producer Eeva Kemppi, spring)

Assistant
2011 12 Karamazovia, Smeds Ensemble & Turku City Theatre
2011 Turku 365 -public art project, as part of the European Culture Capital Year
2011 Hiljaisuus (trans. Silence), Turku City Theatre

Grants
2015 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Travel Grant
2014 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, National Council for Architecture and Design
2013 City of Helsinki Cultural Office

Memberships
Theatre and Media Employees Finland, Theatre Professionals’ Union Finland
Esitystaiteen seura – Live Art Society, member of the board 2015-> vice-chairperson 2017-
Contemporary Culture Association Suunnitelma B (member of the board 2010-12)

Publications, writings (mostly in Finnish)
Piispa, Mikko & Sysser, Anna-Sofia (2016) Kyoto Stories. Self-publication, 1.12.2016
Sysser, Anna-Sofia (2015) Erityisiä iltoja mahdollisuuksien jatkumossa – B-galleria esitysten tilana ja mahdollistajana. In Beibi – Näkökulmia kymmenenvuotiseen B-galleriaan, 76-83
Sysser, Anna-Sofia (2015) “Carpe diem – Karppaa sitä diemii” In Beibi – Näkökulmia kymmenenvuotiseen B-galleriaan, 76-83
Piispa, Mikko & Sysser, Anna-Sofia (2015) Muutoksen Kuubassa. Kanava 4/2015, 45–48.
Piispa, Mikko & Sysser, Anna-Sofia (2014) Taiteilijat lakossa – huomaisiko kukaan? Blog entry, Yhteiskuntapolitiikka blog.
Sysser, Anna-Sofia (2014) Että voisi olla yhtä vapaa arjessa kuin näyttämöllä – haastattelussa koreografi Anna Mustonen. In Liikekieli.com 26.2.2014
Piispa, Mikko & Sysser, Anna-Sofia (2013) Berliinissä opin syömään puikoilla, saksaa en oppinut. Column on Kommentti-channel. 20.6.2013.
Sysser, Anna-Sofia & Piispa, Mikko (2012) Ei suurempaa eroa. Short story on B-gallery’s publication Fem zine. 15.9.2012, 20–21.
Sysser, Anna-Sofia (2012) Minulla on tämä kaikki sisälläni -zine. Zine publication, 29.2.2012
Sysser, Anna-Sofia (2011) Kesänovelli. Short story on B-gallery’s publication Myrkkyoppi / Toxicology. 22.7.2011

Residency
2014 Mustarinda (Hyrynsalmi, Finland)

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photo: Mikko Piispa