Anu Pennanen & Stéphane Querrec

Artist and filmmaker Anu Pennanen (1975), originally from the community of Kirkkonummi, graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2003.

Her work adresses issues of political consciousness, ideology, and value. It has been exhibited extensively: CCA Glasgow, CAC Vilnius, Centre Pompidou Paris, Montehermoso Cultural Center, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Manifesta 5 Donostia San Sebastián, Momentum Nordic Art Biennial, Ars Baltica Triennale, Grand Café Saint-Nazaire, KUMU Estonian Art Museum, KunstenFestival des Arts Brussels and Kiasma Museum Helsinki, among others.

She has won the Golden Cube award in Kassel Documentary Film Festival for her film installation “The ruin of the gaze” (2011). Many of her films have been broadcasted and co-produced by the Finnish TV channel YLE. They have often been selected at at international film festivals, such as Rotterdam, Hamburg and Glasgow. 

Born in 1979 in the Basques and living in Helsinki, Stéphane Querrec is a published author a producer.  As a writer, Querrec addresses themes of place. He is interested in nowadays socio political tragedies (« Staande! » and « An old poem to read when I m gone») as well as from an intimate crisis (book « And Ordinary Sorrow », radio narrative « A Journey backwards »).

As a producer, Querrec has a range of experience. He started producing documentary shorts: “Black Flower”, about forgotten actors of the Velvet Revolution in Slovakia. The film was distributed at the MK2 Francois Mitterrand in Paris and selected for the Altadis Prize in 2006. He went on making “Si se puede!”, about anti-corruption participatory budgeting processes in villages of Ecuador and Colombia. The project was commissioned by UN Habitat/CIGU the International Centre for Urban Management. Since, he has continued producing media art works.

Querrec wrote several monologues for the camera, the stage or performance. His work has been shown at Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht, Bonner Kunstverein, Basis Francfort, FRAC Pays de la Loire or Tanzquartier Vienna. He was the performance international guest at the Spacialija Copula festival in Rijeka in 2014, and created recently a digital public work commission for Place des Arts in Montréal, Canada. His radio-narrative « The Journey Backwards » was officially selected at 5th UK Radio Drama Festival 2019. His book And ordinary sorrow is available at New Laconic press (USA).

At Palo Productions Querrec has produced Staande! Debout! (2013) and A poem to read when I’m gone (2019).

Artor Jesus Inkerö

Experiencing the world and responding to it through self-reflection and recognition, Artor Jesus Inkerö points at the Western notions of masculinity that shape the overall culture as well as their persona in an attempt to interpret and find refinement in conflicting ideals for the body. Inkerö examines how language, gestures and, for example, a tone of voice can deny or allow access to specific groups. By inserting themselves into unfamiliar situations with masculine connotations, they get to interrogate their personal history and former appearance as their body has changed from non-passing to passing. In asking you to look closer at structures of power, Inkerö creates space for a fantasy of norm defiance.

Inkerö works in moving image, photography, sculpture, performance, text and installation. Latest exhibitions and screenings: Screens Series: Artor Jesus Inkerö, New Museum, New York City; Kiasma Museum Of Contemporary Art and Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki; SALTS, Basel Switzerland; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; EMMA Espoo Museum Of Modern Art.