Portfolio Café 2024

Portfolio Cafe 2022
EKA, Library

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Portfolio Café is a portfolio feedback event held annually during spring semester as a satellite to EKA graduation show TASE. It is designed as a series of one-on-one meetings between invited art field professionals and EKA Fine Art’s BA and MA students. Each meeting lasts approximately 30 minutes. During these sessions, students present themselves and their work, while experts offer feedback, ask questions, and share insights.

Registration: Portfolio Café invites all fine arts students from the BA and MA levels to participate. Participants will be selected based on their submitted portfolios. Limited spots! To apply, please fill out this registration form lates on June 3.

Portfolio Café 2024 takes place on June 7 from 10:00-16:00 at EKA Library. All Portfolio Café sessions are held in English.



Juliane Foronda (she/her) is a Filipina-Canadian artist, writer, and researcher. Predominantly through object, intervention and text, her practice is invested in radical care, feminist hospitality, and traditions of gathering. She’s influenced by (found and fabricated) structures, built environments, and hidden labour, and her work negotiates how these notions play with the tension between reality and possibility, truth and imagination, and knowing and not knowing. A significant aspect of her arts practice involves archival and collections research. Her investment in this work unfolds with her affinity of learning about what people choose to keep close and why, as well as how communities are built, maintained, and preserved. She earned her MA in Fine Arts from Listaháskóli Íslands/Iceland University of the Arts, and her BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph. She is a current resident at the Helsinki International Artist Programme (FI). 


Jussi Koitela is an independent curator and Head of Programme at Frame Contemporary Art Finland and will move to a new position as a Director of M-cult in June 2024. His curatorial work intertwines art, embodied research methods, urban spatial contexts, collaboration, hospitality, and materiality in various forms of exhibitions and knowledge production. 

He is currently curator of the Pavilion of Finland at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia together with Yvonne Billmore (20 April -24 November 2024). Between 2019 to 2023 they also curated ‘Rehearsing Hospitalities’, Frame’s public programme. He is also curating “Measures” Survival Kit 2024 exhibition organised by Latvian Center of Contemporary Art, opening September 2024 in Riga. 

His selected curatorial work includes: Conflicting Relations at Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York, Editorial Tables: Reciprocal Hospitalities at The Showroom, London, Secured – Politics of Bodies and Space at Vantaa Art Museum Artsi. Performing the Fringe at Konsthall C, Stockholm and Pori Art Museum, Pori Entangling Matter and Meaning/Intra-Structures – Monster of the Seven Lakes at Treignac Projet, Mattering City at SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen, City Agents at Estonian Museum of Contemporary Art (EKKM), Tallinn, Skills of Economy Sessions at Finnish Theatre Academy, Baltic Circle Festival and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, and Untitled (two takes on crises) – You Must Make Your Death Public at de Appel Art Centre, Amsterdam.  

He has edited, among others, Rehearsing Hospitalities Companions 1-4 published by Archive Books, 2019 – 2022 with Yvonne Billimore, the Finnish Art Policy Handbook published by Checkpoint Helsinki/Publics and Baltic Circle Festival 2015, Falling In — Movement and Becoming in Curatorial Research with Dahila El Broul and Ksenia Kaverina, published by Mousse Publishing, 2024 and The pleasures we choose with Yvonne Billimore, published by k.verlag, 2024. 

Mailis Timmi is a curatorial MA student at Estonian Academy of Arts and the founder and director of Tütar Gallery. Prior to her immersion in the art world, Mailis spent 17 years in strategic communications and advertising, where she gained experience in supporting younger generation artists in their quest to be seen and recognised. 


Florian & Michael Quistrebert are an artist duo whose recent work explores the paradoxes between the sacred and the material through immersive exhibitions that combine paintings and videos. Both artists graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Nantes and have collaborated since 2007. The duo focuses on the power and fascination of light, often creating immersive experiences that provoke extra-optical and synesthetic perceptions among viewers.

Florian & Michael Quistrebert’s works are included in numerous public and private collections. Their notable exhibitions include “Visions of Void” at Dundee Contemporary Arts in 2015, “The Light of the Light” at Palais de Tokyo in 2016, “ZigZag” at CCCOD in Tours in 2019, and “Silent Symphony” at Dirimart in Istanbul. The artists often design their exhibition spaces to resemble a luminous opera, featuring dynamic elements such as blazing torments, lightning rays, serene shimmers, and crescendos of illumination.


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