Saara Hacklin

Theme: Sensorial Knowledge

Affective, Immersive – and Critical Collection Exhibition?

In an ongoing collection-exhibition project, the curatorial team of Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art wishes to address the immersive and sensuous in contemporary art. The starting point for the exhibition has been the metaphor of touch. In researching our collections, we are interested in asking how to both address the spectator with immersive works and deal with the idea of spectacular exhibitions. How to highlight the variety of collections offering touching, personal views on contemporary art and at the same time bring forth the critical discussion connected to the affect-driven public experience of today’s culture?

Saara Hacklin works as a collections curator in Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland). Apart from her curatorial work at Kiasma, she has experience in freelance curating various projects, including for AV-arkki, the Distribution Center for Finnish Media Art. Hacklin has studied at the University of Helsinki. Alongside her research work, she has written essays and art criticism for various publications and magazines.