Mentoring programme for MFA-students

The Academy of Fine Arts’ international mentoring programme implements a new supervision and teaching model which involves internationally successful artists supporting MFA students in order to help them evolve in an international context.

The mentoring programme for Master of Fine Arts students strengthens the Academy of Fine Arts’ international education programme. Enabled by Saastamoinen Foundation, the mentoring programme supports students’ learning and artistic activities during their time in education and beyond. The teaching sessions, personal studio visits and feedback discussions included in the mentoring programme provide students with unique tools to examine their own art and to learn about the international development and presentation process. The artists Ahmet Öğüt and Pilvi Takala are the mentors for 2015–2017.

Pilvi Takala (b. 1981, Helsinki) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2006 and currently lives and works in Istanbul and Amsterdam. She is known for her video work documenting experimental performances which challenge the norms and rules of different communities. With the help of the Emdash Award which she won in 2013, Takala made The Committee, a video work featured in the Last Artists Exhibition at Kunst Halle Helsinki in 2014. Her work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Finland and internationally, at (inter alia) the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki), Bonniers Konsthall (Stockholm) and the Palais de Tokyo (Paris). An alumna of the Academy of Fine Arts, Pilvi Takala is well placed to guide students towards Finnish and international artistic activities.

Ahmed Öğüt (b. 1981, Diyarbakir, Turkey) is a visual artist who has achieved international acclaim, with works in numerous museums, biennales and festivals around the world. In 2009, Öğüt and Banu Cennetoğlu represented Turkey at the Venice Biennale. Finns in particular will recall his work Fahrenheit 451: Reprinted. This work, commissioned by Checkpoint Helsinki, involved a fire engine that toured Helsinki printing out forbidden books. Öğüt’s works are also held in important international collections, including Kiasma’s collections in Finland. In autumn 2014, Öğüt was the first visiting professor to participate in the Academy of Fine Arts’ visiting professor programme. During his professorship he focused on sculpture.

Photo: Petri Summanen, ©Kuvataideakatemia