Giovanna Esposito Yussif

Joensuu's curator is an internationally renowned Giovanna Esposito Yussif, who was born and raised in Mexico City and has been challenging the boundaries and influencing the art scene in Finland for the past 10 years. She is currently the Artistic Director of Museum of Impossible Forms in Helsinki, and has extensive expertise in art curating, cultural organising, research, lecturing, and mentoring artists. In 2019 Esposito Yussif curated the Pavilion of Finland at the 58th Venice Biennale with the Miracle Workers Collective.

For M_itä? Biennale 2023, Giovanna Esposito Yussif is joined in the curatorial team by chief curators Pauliina KaasalainenMarja Louni, and curator Paula Hyvönen. Esposito Yussif emphasises collaboration and co-creation as a foundation of her work.

Giovanna Esposito Yussif engages with curatorial praxis and research. Her background is in art history, museology, and critical theory. 

Esposito Yussif has collaborated with diverse institutions such as Archive, Goethe Institut, Savvy Contemporary, Manifesta Foundation, SOMA, Frame Contemporary Art Finland, Baltic Circle, Helsinki International Artist Program, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, RabRab Press, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Galería OMR, Fundación/Colección Jumex, among others.

She edited A Greater Miracle Of Perception with Archive Books (2019), and Polyphonic Texts and Toolkit with Night Schoolers (2019); has written for diverse catalogs and contemporary art publications. She has been guest lecturer for Kuvataideakatemia, Taidekoulu Maa, Mentor for Live Art and Performance Studies LAPS-Theater Academy in Helsinki, guest speaker in diverse seminars, and an active contributor to diverse collectives, networks, and boards.