Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger has just started as a Professor of Exhibition Studies and Spatiality at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Rastenberger has previously worked as a curator, author, researcher and teacher both in Finland and abroad; since 2009, she has held the post of Chief Curator at The Finnish Museum of Photography. She has extensive experience in exhibition projects, curating practices and the international exhibition scene of the contemporary arts. Ms Rastenberger is interested in art practices and display in both physical and digital environments. Her special interests are new forms of photography as contemporary art, exhibition as critical practice, running, feminism and digital environments. She holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Helsinki. Rastenberger is also an artistic director and co-founder of ‘The Festival of Political Photography’ (http://pvf.fi/en).
The Academy of Fine Arts organises approximately 50 exhibitions and numerous public performances of various types every year, and they make up a part of the studies and degrees. It is the goal of tuition at the Academy of Fine Arts to emphasise interaction between exhibition practices and spatiality in the arts, and to generate new perspectives on the theories and philosophy of art and spatiality. The responsibilities of the Professor of Exhibition Studies and Spatiality will include both Praxis the Master¹s Programme in Exhibition Studies and the Exhibition Studies and Spatiality modules intended for all students.