Veera Launonen (b. 1989 in Kuopio) and Ilkka Kivelä (b. 1981 in Laukaa) are an artist duo from Finland. They live and work in Kuopio.

They work together with moving image, sound and photography. Through their works they explore different roles and identities, as well as how individual practices influence relationships and environmental changes. The duo uses old photographs and videos as well as recycled or found objects as material.

CONTACT:

launonenkivela@gmail.com

INSTAGRAM:

@veeralaunonen @ii_martti

PHOTO: Anniina Laukkanen, INSTAGRAM: @annilauk


CV

STUDIES (Launonen)

2009-2013 Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Department of Photography

2012 Academy of Fine Arts and Design Bratislava, Department Photography and New Media

2006-2009 Ingman College of Crafts and Design, Department of Fine Arts and Media Art

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STUDIES (Kivelä)

2009-2013 Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Department of Fine Arts, Sculpture and Enviromental Art

2007-2009 Educational Consortium, Information Sciences and Audiovisual Communication, Jyväskylä


EXHIBITIONS/SCREENINGS/PERFORMANCES

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Solo

2020

Tuokaa Tuoli, Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä

AV-arkki, Collection of Moving Image, web-gallery


2019

Videoworks, Lappeenranta Art Museum

Purify Me, videoperformance, Gallery Rajatila, Tampere

Turun Taideseinä, Turku City Theatre


2018

Puhdista minut, Galleria Ars Libera, Kuopio

Dark Matter -mediainstallation, Center of Contemporary Art Pispala, Tampere


2017

Dark Matter Part IV- Performance, Kouvola Art Museum

Kasaridisco/Screening, Suonenjoki

Dark Matter Part II, exhibition+performance, Gallery Bingo, Oulu

Dark Matter Part I, exhibition+performance, Mikkeli Photography Center


2016

Open studio, Dark Matter DEMO, Ryynänen, Koli

KOKOELMA/THE COLLECTION, G12, Kuopio


2015

2channels, Launonen&Kivelä, Mylly Gallery, Kuopio

Kodinhoidon alkeet/Home care basics, Apaja shopping center, Kuopio


2014

Uni/Dream, Art center Väinölä, Varkaus

Rétour/Nature, Gallery Harha, Joensuu

Rétour/Nature, Kellarikalleria, Suonenjoki


Group

2019

Screening: CONTROL, Curated by Third Space Gallery, Stoa, Helsinki

Ars Kuvansi, Contemporary Art- pop up exhibition, Joroinen


2018

Bangkok Art Biennal 2018/Bangkok Underground Filmfestival

Ars Kuvansi, Joroinen

Ars Humu, Kuopio


2017

Oi Maamme!, Jyväskylä Artmuseum

Videoworks, Kanttila Gallery, Kuopio

Juuret(on), Kellarikalleria, Suonenjoki

Videoetkot/screening, Kino Kuvakukko, Kuopio

Oi Maamme!, Kuopio Artmuseum

Ars Kuvansi, Contemporary Art- pop up exhibition, Joroinen

Art Fair Suomi, Kaapelitehdas/Cable Factory, HelsinkI

UUSI MUU, Muu Gallery/Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm

Oi Maamme!, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki


2016

Union of Finnish Art Associations, Artcenter Haihatus, Joutsa

Screening: Kuopio Juhlii- festival, Tiilipuutarha, Collaboration with Kristiina Korpela

Art center Poleeni, Pieksämäki

Ars Libera- Matkustan, Kellari Galleria, Kuopio

ARKI, Pro Myllyn, Taitemia Gallery, Kuopio

Ps16, Exhibition of Nothern Savo Photography, Vb-Photographic Centre


2015

Summerlove-screening, Iisalmen Taiteiden yö, Iisalmi

I got a membercard, Mylly Gallery, Kuopio

Summer Exhibition, Mylly Gallery, Kuopio


GRANTS AND AWARDS

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2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 Arts Promotion Centre Finland

2019, 2018, 2015 Finnish Cultural Foundation

2019 Juho Rissanen award (Launonen)

2019 Kansan Sivistysrahasto (Kivelä)

2017 VISEK- Centre for the Promotion of Visual Art

2015-2020 City of Kuopio

2013 Scholarship, City of Imatra/Saimaa University (Kivelä)

2012 Otsakorpi Foundation (Launonen)


RESIDENCIES

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2016 Ryynänen residency, Koli, Finland

2014, 2015 Art Center Väinölä, Finland


MEMBERSHIPS

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Muu ry

Photography and media art association Valmed

Ars Libera - Art Association of Kuopio