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PAAF has an open-ended co-operation agreement with three art experts, ensuring we can find the best artists for each project and allow the special production-related characteristics of a particular art form to be taken into account.

People

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Maija Kovari

Founder, Director - MSc. Arch, B.F.A.

With degrees both from fine art and architecture, Kovari has had an ongoing artistic practice since 2007, with an emphasis on sculpture and installation in public spaces. Her masters thesis in architecture investigated the history and future of collaborative practices between the fields of urban design and visual arts. Kovari’s art has been exhibited in galleries and public spaces in Finland, Switzerland, and Germany. Prior to founding PAAF, Kovari worked as an architect at Ramboll Finland Oy. Additionally, she has worked in different roles in cultural administration, producing art exhibitions and events. She has also active in developing the field of public art in Finland, and has researched best practices of this field in cities like New York and Singapore. For more information about her previous work, see Kovari’s personal website trough the links below.

 

Experts

PAAF has an open-ended co-operation agreement with three art experts, ensuring we can find the best artists for each project and allow the special production-related characteristics of a particular art form to be taken into account. Our experts:

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Karoliina Paappa

Photographic art

The artwork of this acclaimed photographer has been displayed at several solo and group exhibitions all over Europe and in Asia. In addition to her own artistic work, Paappa also works in production-related and administrative tasks within the art world, for instance, in Rajataide, which functions to promote the work of young artists. Her work can be found in several national collections.

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Johanna Havimäki

Sculpture, graphic arts

This sculptor has achieved recognition through her charming animal figures and has also had a long career in the field of graphic arts as a printmaker at Print Workshop Himmelblau. Havimäki’s work is included in the collection of the Finnish state as well as that of several municipalities and museums. Havimäki has also produced and curated several art events and is influential in several organisations within the arts.

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Saara Piispa    

Painting

Piispa is one of Finland’s leading contemporary painters and is especially acknowledged for her abstract landscape paintings. She has successfully worked as far afield as Germany and Indonesia – amongst other places, attaining positions of responsibility and also working in teaching positions ranging from her hometown arts society in Porvoo to national organisations.


In addition to our permanent experts, we co-operate with experts from other art forms such as light, sound and video art – if necessary. Our extensive network ensures that the particular needs of a specific project are accurately met by an appropriately assembled team.