Minna Henriksson (b. 1976, Oulu, Finland, lives in Helsinki) is a visual artist working with a disparate range of tools including text, drawing, painting and linocut. She studied art in Brighton, Helsinki and Malmö. Henriksson’s work relates to leftist, anti-racist and feminist struggles. Her works are often based on extensive archival research and draw from real historical events aiming to bring forth marginalisation and oppression, and to highlight positions of power. Dealing with historical cases she hopes to politicise processes in the present that seem neutral and inevitable. A thematic in her work is the ideological nature of history writing itself. She is also interested in exploring language of political art and modes of representation.

Henriksson has been active in various collectives, and often works collaboratively. She is member of leftist art workers’ association Kiila (The Wedge). In 2017 she was awarded the Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Artist Award, a Viennese foundation promoting artistic work committed to the ideal of democracy and antifascism.


CV Minna L. Henriksson

BORN 1976 Oulu, Finland


2006 Critical Studies, postgraduate course, Malmö Art Academy and Rooseum Contemporary Art Centre, Malmö

2004 MA Time and Space -multimedia dept., Fine Arts Academy, Helsinki

1999 BFA Fine Art Painting, University of Brighton

1996 Liminka School of Art, Finland


2023 Genesis, with Ahmed Al-Nawas, Serlachius Museum Gustaf, Mänttä

2022 The Statement of Facts, Vantaa Art Museum Artsi, shared exhibition with Diego Bruno

2020 Sensitometric Experiment with Polaroid, Kuvakulma, Finnish Photography Museum

2020 Fake Star, with Ahmed Al-Nawas, Turku Art Museum Studio

2019 Iasi X-Ray, Tanzit project space, Iasi

2019 Minor Characters, MAA-Tila projektitila Helsinki, with Tero Nauha

2016 Works on  Paper, Third Space, Helsinki

2015 Works on Paper, Tobacna 001 Cultural Center, Ljubljana

2015 Kätketty, Galleria Uusikuva, Kotka

2015 Noise After Babel, Oksasenkatu 11, Helsinki (collaboration with Sezgin Boynik)

2013 Public and Privatized – Lenin of Turku and Riga, Lenin Museum, Tampere

2013 Follow the Money, Temporary artwork in public space, Romsås Center, Groruddalen, Oslo. Produced by Kulturbyrået Mesen in collaboration with Finno

2012 Lenin in Aurakatu, Studio of Turku Art Museum, Turku

2012 Hidden, Galleri Bergman, Helsinki

2010 Asik Olan Dogru Söyler, light work in public space, publication and exhibition, Trabzon, Turkey, My City project, British Council in Istanbul

2009 Belgrade Notes, Kontekst Galerija, Belgrade

2009 Maps, Meeting Point, Cinema Rex, Belgrad

2008 Construction, Rizoma, Prishtina

2008 North State, Gallery MAA-tila, Helsinki

2008 Ljubljana Notes, Galerija Kapelica, Ljubljana

2007 Istanbul Map, PIST/// 24 – 7 Window Space, Istanbul

2006 Zagreb Notes, Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb

2005 Paraskaikest Kaupunni, Cultural Centre NUKU, Oulu

2004 With Love From Finland, INTER, Finnish Embassy, London

2002 4 friends, Kluuvi gallery, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki

2002 Berlin Drawings, Görlitzerstraße 39, Berlin

2001 Chewing Gum Installation, Bar9, Helsinki

2001 Snow Man, CSKX Projection Project, London

2000 Kävi Täällä, Kulttuuriareena Gloria, Helsinki


2023 New Directions May Emerge, 2. Helsinki Biennial 2023

2023 Speaking Back – Decolonizing Nordic Narratives, Hamburg Kunsthaus, Hamburg

2023 Editorial Tables: Reciprocal Hospitalities, The Showroom, London

2022 Softy, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki

2022 The South in US: Constructing and Performing Ideology, City of Women, Ljubljana

2022 Mapping (Un)solidarity, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah

2022 For Obvious Reasons, Lappeenranta Art Museum and the Cavalry Museum

2021 Actually, The Dead Are Not Dead, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

2021 Little Did They Know, EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art 2020, Limerick

2021 Sustainable Societies for the Future, two-part exhibition in Malmö Art Museum and Chicago

2020 Conditions of Peace,, Iasi

2020 Two Men Standing. Part 3, Out of Sight, Antwerp

2019 Schooooooool With Many Holes, group exhibition, Amos Rex Museum, Helsinki

2019 Stasis — Taking a Stand, 7th Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki

2019 Actually, The Dead Are Not Dead, Third Bergen Assembly, Bergen

2019 EXHIBIT A, Ljubljana City Gallery, Ljubljana

2019 On the Utopia of the Diagrammatical, Kunstraum, Munich

2019 Objection, Helsinki City Museum

2019 Now is the Time, 2019 Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Wuzhen

2019 Dark Energy, Xhibit gallery, Vienna Art Academy

2018 Shared History, Riga Bourse Art Museum, Riga

2018 Under Pressure – On Forms of Authority and Decision-Making Power, Q21 MuseumsQuartier Vienna

2018 Suomi 101, Vantaa Art Museum Artsi, Vantaa

2017 Nordic Trouble, Konsthall C, Stockholm

2017 Gelecek Olarak Hatırlamak, Utopia, Tuyap Book Fair, Istanbul

2017 Utopia / Dystopia: Architecture, City, Territory, City Art Gallery Ljubljana

2017 Red Rijeka Assembly, SIZ gallery Rijeka

2017 Totuus Suomesta – Truth about Finland, Pori

2017 Menneen ja tulevan välissä – State of the Art – The Finnish State Art Commission 60 years, Mikkeli Art Museum

2016 History Unfolds, Swedish History Museum, Stockholm

2016 Ja sama asia nykyaikaisesti käsitettynä – State of the Art – The Finnish State Art Commission 60 years, Visavuori Museum, Valkeakoski

2016 Where does poetry nest?, Tampereen 10. Maailmantangofestivaali, Tampere

2016 Where Do We Migrate To? DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana

2016 Rakvere Sculpture Festival, group exhibition in Rakvere, Estonia

2016 Finnish Landscape, Seurasaari, Helsinki with Helsinki Checkpoint

2016   No Play – Feminist training camp, nGbK, Berlin

2016 Untitled (two takes on crisis) – You Must Make Your Death Public, de Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam

2016 Uncanny Materials,  Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

2015 Apricots from Damascus, SALT, Istanbul

2015 Crises and new beginnings: Art in Slovenia 2005 – 2015, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana

2015 SOS – Self-organising Systems, 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, Tbilisi

2015 Where Do We Migrate To? Varmlands Museum, Karlstad

2015 Do we need to grow up?, NewBridge Project, New Castle

2015 Tunnel Vision, 8th Momentum Nordic Biennial for Contemporary Art, Moss

2015 New Present, XX Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä

2014 Make Arts Policy, Baltic Circle festival ja Helsinki Checkpoint

2014 Politicization of Friendship, Moderna Galerija + MSUM, Ljubljana

2014 Objekti, Espoo Kunsthalle

2014 Parallax, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City

2014 PORTIZMIR3 Triennial, Izmir

2014 The Invisible Wall, Studio 17, Stavanger

2013 Survival Kit – Contemporary Arts Festival, Riga

2013 Täällä!, Group exhibition of artworks in public space, Oulu Art Museum

2013 Kipinä, Political Art and Design, Fiskars Summer exhibition

2013 Still Light, HIAP summer exhibition, Gallery Augusta

2012 Mikset Puhu Suomea!, together with Fatmir Mustafa-Carlo in Hippolyte Studio, Helsinki

2012 Polaroid, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki

2011 On the Tresholds of Privacy, Kunstpflug, Brück

2011 Cultural Policy Group – Helsinki, März Project Space, Tallinn

2011 Pizzalist III, Untold Stories, Tallinn Art Hall, together with Kalle Hamm, Dzamil Kamanger, Sezgin Boynik

2011 Cultural Policy Group – Helsinki, Kibela Gallery, Multimedia Center Kibla, Maribor

2011 BRG, 1st Biennial ‘Time Machine’ No Network, ARK-01, Konjic

2010 People in the Summers Night, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki

2010 Export-Import, Helsinki Kunsthalle, Helsinki

2009 Avara Horisontti, Oulu City Art Museum, Oulu

2009 New Pleasure, Ekko Electronic Music and Art Festival, Bergen

2009 Valumateoria, Korjaamo gallery, Helsinki

2009 Happy Together, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn

2008 Museum in the Streets, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana

2008 Nine Voices Nine Places, Institute Camões, Lissabon, and Museum Baluarte de la Candelaria, Cadiz

2007 Pizzeria Babylon, Intervention with Kalle Hamm, Dzamil Kamanger and Sezgin Boynik, Centrifugal-project, Helsinki

2007 Big Family Business, IMC Trade Center, Istanbul

2007 Sobe!, Bilsar-gallery, Galerist, Istanbul

2007 Pizzeria Babylon, public intervention with Kalle Hamm, Dzamil Kamanger and Sezgin Boynik, Helsinki

2007 Centrifugal, SC-gallery, Zagreb

2007 From the owner with a view, Ortaköy, Istanbul

2007 Mapping, Bury Art Gallery, Bury, UK

2006 Artsupermarket Pikasso, Helsinki

2006 Songs of Freedom and Love, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul

2006 Normalisation, Critical Studies, Rooseum Contemporary Art Centre, Malmö

2006 Sokerina Pohjalla, Rauman Taidemuseo

2005 Urban Realitites: Focus Istanbul, group exhibition, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin

2004 Under the Bridge, Urban Interventions, Biro, Belgrade

2004 Collaborative Statement with Alexander Nikolic, How2End a Message, 45. Octobarski Salon, Belgrade

2004 The Power Out, with Electrelane, Permanent Gallery, Brighton

2003 Georgia On My Mind, BRG with Hüseyin Alptekin and Staffan Jofjell, Leena Kuumola galleri, Helsinki

2003 BRG with Hüseyin Alptekin and Can Altay, Havana Biennial, 4-D, Pavilion de Cuba, Cuba

2003 BRG with Hüseyin Alptekin and Staffan Jofjell, Tirana/Istanbul/Tbilissi, B-Fact, the 2nd Tirana Biennial, Albania and the Sea Elephant Travel Agency, Istanbul

2001 Young Artists’ Exhibition, Helsinki Kunsthalle, Helsinki

1999 New In Town, CSKX-Studios, London


2023 Bourgeois With a Heart: The Case of Hjalmar Linder, Rab-Rab Press. Print run 400

2023 Kiila Album, Eds. Christine Langinauer, Minna Henriksson, Martta Tuomaala. Print run 500

2021 Fake Star : A Book about an Exhibit in a National Pavilion in the Paris World Exposition 1900. Rab-Rab Press

2017 Works on Paper, Rab-Rab Press

2016 Vuoden 1962 Nuorisofestivaalin Muistityöryhmän Muistikuvia, Muistityöryhmä, toim. Aino Korvensyrjä, Checkpoint Helsinki

2015 Taidetta ja Politiikkaa Tekemässä, ed. Terike Haapoja, Jussi Koitela, Minna Henriksson, 170 kpl

2015 Noise After Babel – Language Unrestrained, Spector Books, Leipzig, print run 500

2015 Art Workers – Material conditions and labour struggles in contemporary art practice. Ed. Airi Triisberg, Erik Krikortz, Minna Henriksson, print run 700

2012 Counter-constructivist Model (La Fontaine Stories for Immigrants) – Paper Film in Nine Acts, co-author with Sezgin Boynik, published by Labyrint Press, Sweden

2011 Maps 2005 – 2009, book about my artistic project of maps of art scenes. Self-published, designed by New Collectivism, printed in Slovenia, print run 400

2010 Asik Olan Dogru Söyler, part of artwork in Trabzon, Turkey. Publisher My City project and British Council Istanbul. Print run 750

2010 Manifestations of Nationalism in Everyday Life, booklet accompanying students’ workshop and exhibition, Helsinki Fine Art Academy and Lens Politica Film Festival. Editors, authors and course leaders S. Boynik and M. Henriksson

2010 One of the authors, Centrifugal Book of Europe, Published by Centrifugal, Belfast

2007 Contemporary Art and Nationalism – Critical Reader, co-editor together with Sezgin Boynik. Exit Institute for Contemporary Art and MM-Publications, Pristina


Heinrich and Anni Sussmann Artist Award for work toward democracy and antifascism, Vienna, 2017