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VALENTINA GELAIN

Born in Feltre, Italy, 1992. Currently based in Bergö - Malax, Finland.

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

2014–2016: Master degree in Visual Arts from Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan (Italy), score of 110/110.

2011–2014: Bachelor degree in Visual Arts from Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan (Italy), 108/110.

2006–2011: Diploma of Graphic Design from T. Catullo High School Institute, Belluno (Italy), score of 100/100.

ARTIST RESIDENCY

Artist residency curated by Artist Residency Swap & Finnish Institute in UK and Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, March 2022.

Upcoming residency:

Moskosel Creative Lab, Moskosel, Sweden, 2024.

GRANTS (selection)

Arts Promotion Center Finland-Taike, working grant (six months), 2025; Bröderna Gröndahls Stiftelse, project grant, art film premiere/video art event, 2023; Eugène, Elisabeth och Birgit Nygréns stiftelse, project grant, premiere/video art event, 2023-24; Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet, project grant, The Peaks, 2023; Arts Promotion Center Finland-Taike, working grant (four months), 2023; Svenska Kulturfonden, travel grant, 2022; Arts Promotion Center Finland-Taike, working grant (two months), 2022; Svenska Kulturfonden, working grant, project The Peaks, 2022; Svenska Österbottens kulturfond (Nils Lundqvists fond), working grant, project The Peaks, 2022; Svenska Österbottens kulturfond (Nils Lundqvists fond), project grant, The Grey Hour, 2020-21; Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet, project grant, The Grey Hour, 2020-21.

Working group:

Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet, project grant, 'Translucid Skins-vibrations of us', 2023-2024; Bröderna Gröndahls Stiftelse, project grant, exhibition, 2023; Närpes City Cultural Grant, project grant, mural opening event, 2023; Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet, project grant, public art, 2023; Svenska Kulturfonden, project grant, exhibitions promotion, 2022; Bröderna Gröndahls Stiftelse, project grant, installation - public art, 2022; Svenska Kulturfonden - Frans Henriksson fond, developement project, public art, 2022; Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet, project grant, exhibitions promotion, 2021-2022; Vaasa City Cultural Grantproject grant, installation - public art, 2021; Svenska Kulturfonden, project grant, installation - public art, 2021; Svenska Kulturfonden, project grant, art space - exhibitions, 2020; Vaasa City Cultural Grant, project grant, art space maintenance, 2020.

HONOURS AND AWARDS

Top ten Finalist (2nd position), Exibart Prize 2023-24 (Rome, Italy); Finalist, Premio Combat Prize 2022 (Livorno, Italy); Finalist, Exibart Prize 2021-22 (Rome, Italy); Finalist (special mention), We Art Open 2022, No Title Gallery (Venice, Italy); Selected, 'RINart', Tirana International Contemporary Festival 2022 (Tirana, Albania); Semifinalist, Premio Arte Cairo Editore 2021 (Milan, Italy); Finalist, Exibart Prize 2020-21 (Rome, Italy); Nominated, Premio Lynx 2019 (Trieste, Italy); Selected, 'Who I am', VIZart International Biennale 2019 (Tirana, Albania); Winners, CCSA (under 35) open call, Crema Municipality with the collective La Faretra, (Crema, Italy, 2019).

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions:

'Panismo Androgino', G.A.P. - Globe Art Point (Helsinki, Finland, October-November 2021); 'THROWughOUT' (also online exhibition), Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finland, March-April 2020); 'Fall', Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finland, November-Dicember 2018); 'Panismo', Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finland, 2018); 'Nati Per Leggere-Libri D’artista', curator Diego Pasqualin, City Library Farinone Centa exhibition spaces (Varallo Sesia, Italy, March 2016).

Group Exhibitions (selection):

'Dripping Cavities', duo exhibition, coordinator Silvia Rinne, Vaasa City Art Gallery-Vaasa City Museums (Finland, November 2023-January 2024); Collision Festival, Collision Art Collective, Gammal Brandkårshuset (Jakobstad, Finland, May 2023); 'Dripping Cavities’, duo exhibition, curator Anni Fahler, Galleria Albert IX (Helsinki, Finland, January 2023), ‘Booked 2022’, curators John Gayer, Miikka Laihinen & Rita Leppiniemi, MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Centre, Cable Factory (Helsinki, Finland, November-December 2022 | 'Simple is beautiful' by Suvi Nurmi); Premio Combat Prize 2022, curator Paolo Batoni, Museo Giovanni Fattori (Livorno, Italy, September-October 2022); 'New Beginnings' Festival, Malakta art Factory (Malax, Finland, September 2022); 'Offside #1', Offside, curator Marcus Lerviks, pop-up space in Varastokatu 6, 65100 Vaasa (Finland, May-June 2022); 'RINart', Tirana International Contemporary Festival, VIZart, National Historical Museum & COD (Tirana, Albania, May 2022); Pasila Urban Art Center (Helsinki, Finland, March-April 2022); 'We Art Open', No Title Gallery, CREA - Cantieri del Contemporaneo (Venice, Italy, January 2022); 'Dripping Cavities', duo exhibition, Makers' Gallery (Vaasa, Finland, December 2021); 'The Body Lenguage', Itsliquid Group, The ROOM Contemporary Art Space & Palazzo Albrizzi Capello (Venice, Italy, March 2021); 'Salong 20x20x20', Galleri Socker, pop-up space (Umeå, Sweden, March 2020); 'Ibis Open Walls', Ibis Photo Gallery (Vaasa, Finland, November 2019 - February 2020); 'Terminal', curator Stefano Monti, Sale Agello (Crema, Italy, December 2019); Premio LYNX 2019, Lokarjeva art gallery, (Ajdovščina, Slovenia, November-December 2019); 'Who I Am', VIZart International Biennal 2019 of Self-portrait, National Historical Museum (Tirana, Albania, September 2019); 'Le Forme Dell'Uomo', curator Giuliana Nuvoli, La Casa delle Artiste (Milan, Italy, November 2018); 'Le Bestie di Brera', La Faretra collective, Sala Birolli (Verona, Italy, September 2018); 'Under 30', curator Diego Pasqualin, Studiodieci Citygallery Vercelli (Vercelli, Italy, June 2016).

EVENTS

'Deep-Scape', site-specific video/visual art event, Bock's Corner Village (Vaasa, Finland, 24th February 2024); 'The Peaks', art film premiere, Ostrobothnian Museum (Vaasa, Finland, 26 January 2023); Performative acts during the day, 'Dripping Cavities' duo exhibition, Vaasa City Art Gallery-Vaasa City Museums (12th December 2023); Konstrundan 2022, Malakta Art Factory (Malax, Finland, September 2022); 'The Grey Hour' Premiere, Drama Hall (Vaasa, Finland, December 2021); Konstrundan 2021, online exhibition 'Virtual Walls? Virtual Murals¿' by Black Box Genesis / Open studio, Malakta art Factory (Malax, Finland, September 2021); Konstrundan 2020, open studio, Black Box Genesis (Vaasa, Finland, September 2020); Vaasa-Night of Arts, 'Glitch-sorry, there is interference' urban installation (Vaasa, Finland, 8th August 2019); Vaasa-Night of Arts, 'Living Painting' performance (Vaasa, Finland, 9th August 2018); Burning Art Festival, 'Deeps Smoke' performace, Malakta Art Factory (29th September 2018).

Others:

‘Studio Visit’ on ‘Grandi Stazioni Retail’ project by Exibart, video presentation on monitors in the main Italian stations (Italy, 3rd-9th June 2024).

Next Exhibition/Event:

'The Shell Cracked', duo exhibition, Gallery 3H+K (Pori, Finland, January 2025).

COLLABORATIONS / PROJECTS (selection)

‘Awake’ mural painting for D.P.A.R.A. pilot (Övermark, Finland, April-June 2023); 'Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix', public art installation for 'Book - the Lafkan project' (Vaasa City Library, Finland, 2021-22); 'Click', mural painting for WIC-Wasa Innovation Center (Vaasa, Finland, August-September 2021 / June 2022); 'Mural Rural' Festival, selected artist, Art in Malakta rf (Malax, Finland, autumn 2020, postpone to spring 2021); Vaasa Arts Night 2020mural painting for the 30° anniversary (August 2020).

BIBLIOGRAPHY (selection)

Interview by Elsa Barbieri about 'Dripping Cavities' exhibition, Exibart, 12 November 2023; '222 Artisti emergenti su cui investire / 2024', book, curator Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, publisher - Exibart (Rome, Italy, 12th October 2023); Premio Combat Prize 2022’, finalists’ catalog, BlobART, publisher - Sillabe (Livorno, Italy, 2022); 'Exibart Prize 2021-22', finalists' digital catalog, publisher - Exibart (19th July 2022); ‘WAO 2022’, finalists’ digital catalog, publisher - No Title Gallery (24th January, 2022); Globe Art Point online exhibitions archive (19th November 2021); Offside #1, online exhibition archive (May 2022); ‘RINart’, Tirana Contemporary Art Festival, exhibition catalog, publisher - VIZart (Tirana, Albania, May 2022); Article about 'Mural Rural' Festival by Clara Amodeo, Another Scratch In The Wall (Milan, Italy, 31st August 2021); Mention in 'Arte'Cairo Editore, for Premio Arte semifinalistspublisher-Giorgio Mondadori (Milan, Italy, August issue 2021); Interview and online article by Luca Curci, Itsliquid Group (8th April 2021); Interview and photo documentation about 'Growing' mural painting, 'Mural Rural' project, for the Vaasa Museum Archive by Silvia Rinne (Vaasa, Finland, May 2021); 'Exibart Prize 2020-21', finalists' digital catalog, publisher - Exibart (3rd March 2021); Interview and photo documentation about Vaasa Arts Night Mural Painting for the Vaasa Museum Archive by Silvia Rinne (Vaasa, Finland, September 2020); Interview, article and video documentation by Vaasa City cultural department, about the Mural for Vaasa Arts Night 2020 (Vaasa, Finland, 1st September 2020); Radio interview and article by Yle cultural section (Vaasa, Ostrobothnia, Finland, 31st July 2020); 'Who I Am', VIZart International Biennal 2019 of Self-portrait, exhibition catalog, publisher - VIZart (Tirana, Albania, September 2019); Video documentation by Crem@online and article by Cultura Crema about 'Terminal'  group exhibition (Crema, Italy, December 2019).

PUBLICATIONS 

Illustrations in Eos Megazine (n. 6-7-8 2019, n.1-2-3-4-5-6 2020, n.2-3 2021); S. Gelain, V. Gelain, 'I Memorabili', Il Ciliegio, Como, Italy, 2013; S. Gelain & V. Gelain, 'Lady Schumi' (vol. II), Il Ciliegio, Como, 2011 / S. Gelain & V. Gelain, 'Lady Schumi' ( vol. I), Il Ciliegio (Como, Italy, 2010); Illustrations in 'L'Artiglio - L'oro del dio Hunn', Donato Altomare, Edizioni Della Vigna (Varese, Italy, 2010).

ARTIST TALKS (selection)

The Peaks’ premiere, Ostrobothnian Museum (Vaasa, Finland, 26th January 2024); ‘Dripping Cavities’ duo exhibition, finissage, Vaasa City Art Gallery  (Vaasa, Finland, 4th January 2024); Artist Talk, three meetings with the students of Vasa Övningsskola, about the mural commissioned by Vaasa City (Vaasa, Finland, September 2020).

WORKSHOPS (selection)

'Kroki-Figure Drawing', with a live model, Art Saturday by Art in Malakta rf (Malax, Finland, 20th April 2024); 'Figure Drawing', workshop on the analysis and drawing of the human anatomy, with a live model, in collaboration with Regnbågsallians rf and Art in Malakta rf (Malax, Finland, 16th November 2023); Online lllustration Workshop 'Your Story, Your Character!', co-host Susanne Marins, Art Saturday, Art in Malakta rf (Malakta Art Factory, Malax, Finland, 13rd March 2021); 'Muminpyssel' Workshop, after 'Det osynliga barnet' show by Wasa Teater hosted at Malakta art Factory (Malax, Finland,  28th November 2020); Online Workshop 'Play With Leaves', co-host Susanne Marins & Ann-maj Granstubb, Art Saturday by Art in Malakta rf (17th October 2020); Handmade Paper Workshop, co-host Bekim Hasaj, Art Saturday by Art in Malakta rf (Malakta Art Factory, Malax, Finland, 14th December 2019).

ORGANIZATIONS

March 2024–Present, Artists Bank of Rakennustieto rts sr;

August 2023–Present, Artists' Association of Finland - Artist Register;

August 2023–Present, Member of Suomen Taideyhdistys  (Finland);

January 2023–Present, Full Member of MUU ry (Helsinki, Finland);

February 2021–Present, Full Member of Globe Art Point ry (Helsinki, Finland);

January 2021–Present, Client of Kuvasto ry, Visual Arts' Copyright Society (Helsinki, Finland);

October 2022–September 2023, Vice Board Member of Art in Malakta rf (Malax, Finland);

May 2019–October 2022, Board Member of Art in Malakta rf (Malax, Finland);

June 2020–June 2021, Vice Board Member of Elokuvakeskus Botnia ry/ Film Centrum Botnia rf (Vaasa, Finland).

WORK EXPERIENCE (selection)

August 2021–Present: Owner, Manager and Art Curator of Black Box Genesis Art Space (online and pop-up events).

May 2018–Present: Black Box Genesis Co-founder as Visual Artist, Creative Freelancer & Cultural worker. Visual artists and visual art experts | Organisation of exhibition and cultural events | Planning and management of projects, including long-term ones | Collaborations

February 2024: Guest teacher at Novia University to hold an intensive workshop on handmade paper, for second/third-year visual art students. The position is shared with colleague Valentina Gelain (Jakobstad, Finland).

October – November 2023: Guest teacher at Novia University to hold the course Ateljestudier 7, for second-year visual art students. The position is shared with colleague Bekim Hasaj (Jakobstad, Finland).

September–October 2022: Co-organizer of Mural Rural project and Curator of New Beginnings Festival exhibition by Malakta rf (Malax, Finland).

June 2018–July 2021: Owner, Manager and Art Curator of Black Box Genesis Art Space (Vaasa, Finland).

October 2019–April 2021: Illustrator for Eos children magazine, Nykterhetsförbundet Hälsa och Trafik rf (Vaasa, Finland).

April 2020–August 2021: Co-organizer of Mural Rural Festival by Art in Malakta rf project (Malax, Finland).

January–August 2020: Communication, Social media Coordinator and Production Assistant of mAPs-migrating atists project, for Malakta Films ltd.

March 2019–May 2020: Production Assistant for Elokuvakeskus Botnia ry/ Film Centrum Botnia rf (Vaasa, Finland).

June–July 2019: Production Assistant for Touched - film documentary by Jukka Rajala and Marc Wagenbach (Wuppertal, Germany / Malax, Finland).

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