The Biennial has presented tens of international artists since 2008 in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. The site-specific art works are mostly located around the village centre of Ii and the environmental art park at the banks of the river Iijoki. Temporal, local and cultural conditions affect the production of these art works. Historically the municipality has been a centre of agriculture and fishing, and now it is known for its ambitious climate actions. A crucial part of the event is to facilitate interactions between the local community and international art professionals through communal activities. With a focus on local history and participatory processes, the 2020 biennial addresses current themes of today such as climate change, ecology, zero waste and carbon neutral production. The main value of the event is ecological, economical, social and cultural sustainability.
Art Ii Biennial
KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre offers the opportunity to arrange exhibitions and project presentations in the project space of the studio building. Most of the exhibitions present the works of the resident artists. The exhibitions are free of charge. Welcome!
The people of Ii have the possibility of meeting international artists-in-residence in artist meetings open to all. In addition, the studios of the artists are open for the public a few times per year. During these open studio hours, the studio artists as well as the artists-in-residence all present their studios and introduce their art.
Valto Pernu Photo Marathon
Valto Pernu Photo Marathon is a relaxed, open-for-all photography event combining art and documentary photography.