Espoo Museum of Modern Art


EMMA Talks | Appreciating Equality and Art

  • 22.11.2023
  • 17:30 - 18:30
  • at Aitio venue, 2nd floor / Web event
  • Free for students

Artists Maarit Hedman and Anu Haapanen discuss art and equality as well as darkness and light. Both artists worked at a residency in the northern border town of Tornio organised in late 2022 by the Aine Art Museum and Culture for All service. The subject of their talk at EMMA is their experiences as a seeing and a blind artist working as equals. How was art making affected by the collaboration as the dialogue between darkness and light was refined into art? The talk will also address the issues faced by disabled artists in Finland. What is the situation of disabled artists in the Finnish art scene regarding equality? The talk is facilitated by critic Sini Mononen, who has written about the role of art in society. The discussion is held in Finnish.

Speech-to-text interpretation and interpretation to Finnish Sign Language will be provided.

The event will be live streamed to the Facebook page of EMMA, direct link: EMMA Talks live stream (this will take you to Facebook). People following the live stream can also participate in discussion. The Sign Language interpreters will be visible in the stream. Link to follow the speech-to-text interpretation online.

We aim to arrange induction loop to the event.

The event is part of the DiDa – Disability Day Art & Action Festival.

The talk is organised collaboratively by EMMA and the Making Space for Artistry project coordinated by the Culture for All service. Promoting equality for disabled artists and artists who use sign language, the project is funded by the Kone Foundation.

Included in the museum entrance fee (20/10€, free entry for under 18-year-olds and students). Participation is free if you have registered for the event in advance. You can do so on the Finnish language page of the event or by emailing us at

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