The M_itä? Biennale of Contemporary Art is an overview of contemporary art which will be held every two years in East Finland. Its name is an acronym of the Finnish words mitä (what) and itä (east). It is a new kind of exhibition concept organised in association with Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the art museums of Kuopio, Mikkeli and Joensuu, with different professional curators for the individual exhibitions.
The biennale displays the contemporary art of the region, giving East Finnish artists visibility and improving their opportunities for work. Its aim is to help make East Finland an appealing environment in which visual artists can operate, supporting the professional development of artists and improving dialogue between different actors in the field of the arts.
The M_itä? Biennale of Contemporary Art showcases the wide range and high standards of professional artists of East Finland. The artists of the biennales are chosen separately for each exhibition through a thoroughly prepared selection process. Each biennale features a carefully chosen selection of artists representing the various sectors of art in the region. The biennale process includes support for the work of artists in preparing for the exhibition, networking and making use of the exhibition while it is open to the public.
The first M_itä? Biennale of Contemporary Art will be on show at the Kuopio Art Museum in the autumn of 2019. The second one will follow in 2021 in Mikkeli and the third biennale will be held in 2023 in Joensuu.