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Born 1980 in Finland. Lives and works in London.

education:

2011 MA photography (Distinction), London College of Communication, UAL
2004 BA(Hons) photography, London College of Communication, UAL
2003 Parsons School of Design, New York, study exchange/autumn term

solo exhibitions:

2017 Rehearsal Space, Forum Box, Helsinki
2016 Closer Yet, Galerie Pangée, Montreal (with Bang Geul Han)
2016 Close To You, Gallery Augusta, Helsinki
2015 Signs of the Times, Triangle Arts Association, New York
2015 Nature Trail, Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu
2014 (Mal)Function, Skaftfell Center for Visual Art Project Space, Seyðisfjörður
2014 Nature Trail, Photographic Centre Peri, Turku
2014 Attempts, Suomesta-Gallery, Berlin
2014 Nature Trail, Gallery Huuto Jätkäsaari, Helsinki
2012 Attempts, Galerie Les Territoires, Montreal
2012 Wood on trees, Hippolyte Studio, Helsinki
2011 Contemporary Anthropology, Gallery Rajatila, Tampere
2010 Contemporary Anthropology, Gallery Uusi Kipinä, Lahti
2010 Contemporary Anthropology, Gallery Laterna Magica, Helsinki
2009 Portraits 2006-2007, Gallery Liike6, Helsinki

selected group exhibitions:

2017 Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki
2016 Gallery Emil, Tampere
2016 Queens International 2016, Queens Museum, New York
2016 India Club – Utopia, with Specular Assembly, India Club, London
2016 26 Caledonian Road, Geddes Gallery, London
2015 Barfotastigen, outdoor sculpture exhibition, Korppoo
2015 India Club, Specular Assembly, India Club, London
2014 Photography as Installation, Oxford House, London
2014 Kilometre of Sculpture, outdoor sculpture exhibition, Rakvere
2014 Object, outdoor sculpture exhibition, Espoo Kunstahalle, Espoo
2014 On Landscape#1, Yinka Shonibare Guest Projects, London
2013 W-CA Photography Open, The City Museum and Art Gallery, Worcester
2013 Original Face, Beomeo Art Street Gallery, Daegu
2013 20th Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä
2013 Format 13 Exposure, Format Festival, Derby
2013 Brooklyn/Montreal, A.I.R gallery, New York
2013 Future Map 12, Lethaby Gallery, London
2012 Present remains, TR1 Kunsthalle, Tampere
2012 Montreal/Brooklyn, Galerie Les Territoires, Montreal
2012 FreshFaced+WildEyed, The Photographers’ Gallery, London
2012 Cultivation/Field, Reading
2012 BeyondZero, Flexispace, London
2011 YOUNG ARTISTS 2011, Kunsthalle Helsinki
2011 Sommet Génération d’idées, Palais des Congrès, Montreal
2011 MAP11, London College of Communication, London
2011 Soyons realistes, croyons en l’impossible, Galerie Les Territoires, Montreal
2010 Art of Basware, Sanoma House, Helsinki
2008 Street gallery, Eerikinkatu, Helsinki
2006 Visual Arts Competition for Young Artists, Art Centre Salmela, Mäntyharju
2005 Future Map Visual Arts, The Arts Gallery, London
2004 Diagnosis, BA graduation show, The Well Gallery, London
2008/2009/2013/2015 Art Fair Suomi, Cable Factory, Helsinki

site-specific works:

2013 360º, Saari Manor (2013-2015), Mietoinen
2013 Observatory III, Töölönlahti (8-9/2013), Helsinki
2013 Observatory II, Brooklyn Bridge Park (1-2/2013), New York
2012 Observatory I, Rue Saint-Urbain & Boulevard de Maisonneuve (9-10/2012), Montreal

performances:

2015 Olohuone Art Festival, with Lintutorni-collective, Turku
2014 Sightseeing Tour Vantaa (approaches to Seyðisfjörður’s twin city), Seyðisfjörður
2014 Sightseeing Tour Turku (approaches to public art’s corporate connections), Kulkulupa-event, Turku
2014 Dernier Cri, audiovisual performance with Jukka Hautamäki, AAVE Festival, Helsinki
2014 Sightseeing Tour Hackney (approaches to gentrification and biodiversity), London
2013 Sightseeing Tour Helsinki (approaches to public art), Night of The Arts, Töölönlahti, Helsinki
2013 Dernier Cri, audiovisual performance with Jukka Hautamäki, Pää Pyörälle-event, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki

residencies:

2017 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, one month
2015-2016 HIAP Suomenlinna, Helsinki, four months
2015 Triangle Arts Association, New York, three months
2015 Kone Foundation Saari group residence with Lintutorni collective, two weeks
2015 Mustarinda residency, Hyrynsalmi, one month
2014 Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Iceland, two months
2014 Matera, Italy, Arts Promotion Centre Finland residency, one month
2014 Suomesta-Gallery, Berlin, one month
2014 Yinka Shonibare Guest Projects, London, one month
2013 Finnish Society of Bioart, Field_Notes-Deep-Time residency, Kilpisjärvi, 1 week
2013 Kone Foundation Saari residence, two months

articles, publications, reviews:

2017 Rehearsal Space, exhibition review in Mustekala by Sini Mononen
2017 and the silhouette remains, text by curator Giovanna Esposito Yussif, HIAP catalogue
2016 Queens International, exhibition catalogue
2014 Nature Trail, exhibition review in Kaleva magazine by Leena Kangas
2014 On Landscape #1, exhibition review on photomonitor by Ron Exley
2013 Original Face, publication in conjunction with exhibition
2013 thenaked.nl, online feature: Minna Pöllänen/Observatory I&II
2013 asubmersible.net, online feature: Location project:Minna Pöllänen/Observatory I
2013 airelibre.tv, interview about Wood on trees
2012 DazedDigital, interview & feature: FreshFaced & Wildeyed: Minna Pöllänen
2012 photomonitor, September 2012 portfolio feature: Minna Pöllänen/Wood on trees

own writing:

2014 Notes on Various Stones, an essay in Extending Leylines: a collaborative book of new writing about leylines, landscape, communication and family, ed. Will Jennings, UK
2011 On Common Ground; Acknowledging Nature Through the Other in Art, MA Dissertation, UK

artist talks, panels, judging:

2016 Artist talk & discussion with curator Katie Lenanton, Frame Morning Coffee Club, Helsinki
2016 Presentation with Night Schoolersin at study day/discussion with Jacques Ranciere, HIAP, Helsinki
2016 Artist talk with Will Jennings, Utopia talks, Somerset House, London
2016 Collaborative Practice after University, panel discussion for Portsmouth University graduates, London
2016 Artist talk with Bang Geul Han, Projet Pangée, Montreal
2016 GAM #5, spoken word exhibition, curated by Alessandro Facente, HIAP, Helsinki
2016 Artist talk, HIAP & MAA, Helsinki
2015 In conversation with Meir Gal, Triangle Arts association, New York
2014 Off the Earth conference, Plymouth University, Plymouth
2014 Artist talk, Skaftfell Art Center, Seyðisfjörður
2014 Photography as installation panel discussion, Oxford House, London
2014 In conversation with Elizabeth McTernan, Suomesta Gallery, Berlin
2014 On Landscape#1 panel discussion, Guest Projects, London
2013 Field_Notes – Deep Time symposium, The Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
2013 Artist talk, Saari Manor, Mietoinen
2012 Artist talk, Concordia University, Montreal
2012 Judge for the Sproxton Award (with Isabella Brancolini), London
2011 Artist talk, Champlain College, Montreal
2011 Artist talk, Galerie Les Territoires, Montreal

teaching:

2017- Visiting Lecturer, University of Bedfordshire, Luton
2016 Visiting Lecturer, University of East London. London
2015- Visiting lecturer, Art School MAA, Helsinki
2012, 2015 Visiting lecturer, London College of Communication, London
2015 Visiting lecturer, Parsons, New York
2012 Artist talk & lecture, Concordia University, Montreal

memberships & collectives:

Specular Assembly collective
Night Schoolers
Lintutorni collective
Artists’ Union England
Association of Finnish Sculptors
Photographic Artists’ Association Finland

funding:

Work has been generously supported by the following organisations and funding bodies:
The Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Kone Foundation, Paulo Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Kordelin Foundation, Finnish Art Society, City of Helsinki Cultural Office, HIAP, Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, Material for the Arts, Triangle Arts Association, Arts Council of England.