Riikka Tauriainen, 2022
born 1979 in Finland; lives and works in Zurich
Riikka Tauriainen (*1979) grew up in Finland and lives in Zurich. In her installations, videos and performances, Riikka Tauriainen is interested in historical narratives, postcolonial theories and gender issues. She navigates on the boundaries between art and science, between fact and fiction. In the series of works «Hydrocommons» she deals with hydrological phenomena and with a posthumanist world of ideas, in which she explores to what extent our kinship with other bodies can be understood as a deeply materialistic relationality.
Riikka Tauriainen is working as a lecturer and mentor at art schools and universities in a transnational context. Among others at Zurich University of the Arts, F+F School of Art and Design Zurich, École de design et haute école d’art du Valais, University of Cologne, University of Potsdam, HGK FHNW Hyperwerk Basel and ETH Zurich, Art and Architecture.
She studied in Tallinn (Estonian Academy of Arts, BA photography), Essen (Folkwang University of the Arts, communication design), Berlin (Berlin Weissensee School of Art, Fine Arts / Sculpture, Scholarship) and graduated with a Master in Fine Arts from the Zurich University of the Arts in Zurich.
Her work has been exhibited internationally, including Bâtiment d’art contemporain in Geneva, Siemens Sanat in Istanbul, Center for Contemporary Art in Plovdiv Bulgaria, NGbK Berlin, Helmhaus in Zurich, Swiss Art Awards in Basel. She participated in biennials in Turkey and Croatia, as well as «Artist in Residence» programs in Genoa, Italy or Anyang, South Korea. 2022 Riikka Tauriainen is Artist in Residence of ZF Art Foundation in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
She presented her latest works at the Biennale Art Safiental 2020, Kunsthalle Nairs, Scuol, Shedhalle and Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich 2021. Her upcoming exhibitions will take place in April 2022 at RADIUS CCA in Delft, Netherlands and in October 2022 at ZF Art Foundation at Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen, Germany.