Photography: Vesa-Pekka Grönfors
Anastasia Artemeva is a visual and socially-engaged artist and researcher. Anastasia was born in Moscow, Russia, and lived in Ireland for many years before moving to Helsinki. Her socially-engaged projects explore and make space for new interactions. Conceptually, the activities are based on codes of social norms and accepted truths, which are influenced by socio-political, cultural and personal limitations and boundaries.
Artemeva’s antisocially-engaged art investigates and introduces spaces for communication. Power relations and the utilitarian meanings of socialisation and participation are deconstructed while investigating the line between accessibility and manipulation. Tangibly, the projects are focused on normal everyday activities, as there is nothing more strange and violent. Spaces for antisocial behaviour, such as streets, prisons and schools are particularly precious subjects of this work. Anastasia works in the genre of art installation, performance, creates artwork for theatrical productions and conducts art workshops.
She graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design (Ireland) with a BA in 2012, and from Aalto University (Finland) in 2016, and exhibited work in Ireland, Russia, Finland, Sweden and the UK. Recent projects include Prison Outside art and research work on issues of incarceration. Anastasia has received training in Criminology, as well as Human Rights protection studies. She has worked in collaboration with Helsinki Prison (Helsingin Vankila), Finnish foundation for support of ex-offenders(Kriminaalihuollon tukisäätiö), M-cult, Performance center Esitystaiteen Keskus, International School of Helsinki, amongst many other institutions. Artemeva has written for the Visual Artist’s News Sheet, Paper Visual Art and IMAGE InSEA: International Society for Education through Art magazine.