Curriculum Vitae



Roi Vaara

Roi Vaara counts as one of Scandinavia's most respected performance artists. Born in 1953 in Moss (Norway), he grew up in Helsinki (Finland), where he caused controversial discussions within the art world with his critical attitude which served not so much to initiate public sensation, but to irritate our view of everyday life. Since 1982 Roi Vaara has realised more than 300 different performances in the context of 200 international exhibitions and performance festivals throughout the world. Roi Vaara lives in Helsinki.
1972-75   Studied at University for Art and Design, Helsinki
1976-77   "Art research" programme at the University Jyväskylä
1980's   Activist of the "Ö-group" (Installations and performances)
1987   Co-founder of "Muury", an association for interdisciplinary art in Finland.
since 1988   Member of "Black Market International (BMI)", an association of performance artists, which understands performance as a form of communication.
1993   Participant of Documenta, Kassel
1997 - 1998   Scholarship of the International Studio Programme at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
1999   Curated "Poikkeustila", the first nationwide performance festival in Finland.
2000   Granted award for visual artists by the state of Finland
2001   Curator and organizer of the performance festival "EXIT" in Helsinki, in which 300 artists from 30 countries participated.
Participant of the Venice Biennale
2003   Initiator and co-founder of IAPAO (International Association of Performance Art in Essen)
2004   Participant of the Havana Biennale
Participant of Manifesta 5, San Sebastian
2005   Participant of the Venice Biennale
Awarded the Finnish "Ars Fennica" award



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