Leena Pukki (b. 1984) is a visual artist who is interested in cultural hegemonies, humanity, relationship between human and other species, history, utopias, feelings, power relations and activism. Pukki’s techniques expand from large scale mural painting to media art and wearable artwork. She often works in a public space and in different artist groups or communities, also combining art to activism. She is member of Miracle Workers Collective, that will represent Finland at the 2019 Venice Biennale. She is a founding member of artist group Route Couture and activist performance group Scandinavian Punks.
Pukki received MA from the Aalto University School of Art and Design in 2015 and BA from Lahti University of Applied Sciences Art Institute in 2007. She has also studied in Kunsthochschule Berlin- Weissensee in Germany and in PUC-Rio in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Pukki lives and works in Helsinki but comes from Luumäki, southeast Finland.
Pukki is board member in MUU ry (Finnish interdisciplinary artist association), Cultural Cooperative Makasiini and Leftist Artists’ and Writers Association Kiila. She works for Makasiini Co-operative and as a coordinator-artist in Taideharrastus ihan lähellä- project in ARX, Hämeenlinna Culture Centre for Children and Youth.
2011-2015 Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Master’s Degree on Fine Arts, MA.
2014 Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Departamento de Artes & Design
2003-2007 Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Art Institute, Bachelor of Art
2006 Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee, Berlin, Germany
2000-2003 Savonlinna Senior Secondary School of Art and Music
2017 Normality, Kouta Gallery, Kouvola
2015 Squirrell Wants to Cut Down the Railway and Other Stories, Gallery Emil, Tampere
2014 Route Couture, The Craft Museum of Finland, Jyväskylä
2014 Route Couture, Pispala Centre of Contemporary Art, Tampere
2014 Route Couture, Third Space, Helsinki
2009 Siipeilijät, gallery Rajatila, Tampere
2009 Remains, Gallery 3h+k, Pori
JURIED, INVITATIONAL & GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED
2019 The Greatest Miracle of Perception, Finland Pavillion at Venice Biennale/ Miracle Workers Collective
2019 Young Artists 2019, Kunsthalle Helsinki
2020 Nytkäys, Lappeenranta Art Museum
2018 Koti nimeltä Krimi, Art Center Krimi, Imatra
2017 Taidelukio 50, Cable Factory Valssaamo, Helsinki
2016 Fest i Nova- Future Memory. Art Villa Garikula, Akhalkalaki, Georgia
2016 5000m2, Lappeenranta Theatre, Lappeenranta
2015 Wunderkammer, Gallery Huuto, Helsinki
2015 Masculinisation, Studio 44, Stockholm, Sweden
2015 Current State, Cable Factory, Helsinki
2014 Rakkaudesta, Gallery Oyoy, Lahti
2013 Erotus, The Glue Factory, Glasgow, Scotland
2012 Antidote 5, MUU-gallery, Helsinki
2011 Gallery Pihatto, Lappeenranta (with Hanna Peräkylä)
2011 Art in conflict, Labour Museum Werstas, Tampere
2011 Ars Kärsämäki, Art House Nahkuri, Kärsämäki
2010 Lazer Bird’s Woolen Nest, gallery Visu, Kokkola (with Teemu Raudaskoski)
2009 AVO 09- Cotton Revolution, Pirkankatu 10-12, Tampere
2009 Recycling, Riihimäki Art Museum, Riihimäki
2009 The Art of Basware, Sanomatalon mediatori, Helsinki
2009 Money, money, money…, Art Museum Harkko, Raisio
2008 Fennofolk, Design-museum, Helsinki (With music collective Paavoharju)
2017 Leena Pukki, Karoliina Paappa, Stina Riikonen and Lari Lätti: Route Couture. Into kustannus. Edited by Leena Pukki and Karoliina Paappa
2018 Spread Your Wings/ Flightless Birds, Art Center Krimi, Imatra
2017 Into the Light, Malminkartano train station, Helsinki.
2017 Animals for Solidarity, Toijala, Akaa.
2016 The Meeting, Garikula, Akhalkalaki, Georgia.
SCREENINGS AND PERFORMANCES
2018 Route Couture Fashion Show, Spektaakkeligaala III, Helsinki
2017 New Speak, Videokanava Online-gallery
2016 Videokanava- festival, Third Space, Helsinki
2016 Videokanava- festival, Art House Cinema Niagara, Tampere
2016 Videokanava- festival, Gallery Titanik, Turku.
2016 New Speak. Bodyword- festival, St. Petersburg, Russia. With Elena Leontiva
AWARDS AND GRANTS
2018 Project Grant, Paulo Foundation (In Other’s Skin- group with Karoliina Paappa)
2018 Project Grant, Arts Promotion Centre of Finland, The Arts Council of South Savo
2015 Academic Excellence Award, Aalto University, Master’s Degree Program in Fine Arts
2014 Project Grant (Route Couture group), Arts Promotion Centre of Finland, The
Arts Council of Pirkanmaa
2010 Grant for Professional Artists, City of Tampere
2009 Grant for Young Artists, Tampereen Saskiat ry.
RESIDENCIES AND WORKSHOPS
2017 Serlachius- Residency, Serlachius Museums and Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä- Vilppula, Finland
2013 Case Pyhäjoki, Pyhäjoki. Initiated by artist Mari Keski-Korsu, collaboration in between Andrew Paterson/Pixelache, Antye Greie-Ripatti/Hai Art and Finnish Bioart Society
2013 Taking Time, Antidote 6, Gallery Augusta, Helsinki. Organized by Teemu Mäki and Nora Sternfeldt
2009 Taf Taf, Dakar, Senegal. Turku Artist’s Association’s residency.
Helsinki Artist’s Association