Cooltūristės is a feminist artist group from Lithuania, whose works frequently address inequality between women and men in art and in public spaces. Their work in the exhibition features flowers as a central symbolic and political significance.
Evgenia Golant is a Russian artist and activist through her art for the Biennale. She has painted portraits of illegal migrants from the Caucuses who work in Russia and are not spoken to or known of by their Russian communities. The two most important things for this artist are discussion and sharing of experiences.
Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen live on a farm near Oslo (Norway) where they have been inspired to create the art in this exhibition. Through photography, performance, installation and film their art explores how industrialized society has altered opportunities for traditional ways of life.
Dorota Nieznalska from Poland creates installations, videos, photographs and sculpture which signify culture associated with the Polish Catholic Church and masculinity sterotypes.
Haidi Motola was poisoned by mold growing in her living quarters in Finland, and went to the desert to rid herself of the mold and go through a special process of healing. Her art is about the borderlines between a healthy and a sick body, and the limits of science and medicine and their political and social aspects.
Inge Erdmane was arrested in June 2011 at the border of Latvia. Due to the Soviet-style laws of the nation which are unnecessarily present in Latvia today, she was arrested for the most minor issue and was deeply affected by her experience from there on out. Her work in the exhibition explores situations in which the individual encounters society, and the private encounters the social.
JP Kaljonen conducts a study of Eastern European migrants in Finland in an old power plant near Rauma. The project aimed to establish a cultural center into the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant Accommodation Village in order to increase interaction between the Olkiluoto construction site migrant workers and local residents.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)