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Ceyda Berk-Söderblom

Chairperson of G.A.P., Cultural manager, curator

Ceyda Berk-Söderblom is an independent cultural manager, producer and curator with more than 18 years of experience, mostly working as the programmer of international festivals with close ties to the world-known institutions, orchestras, artists, and ensembles. She founded MiklagardArts in 2015; it’s an innovative platform, a facilitator and connector for promoting trans-national collaborations between Finland and the dynamic art scenes in South East, Middle East and the Far East. Ceyda leads MiklagardArts by focusing on internationalisation, inclusiveness, innovation, bridge building, and initiates new artistic expressions arising from creative clashes between cultures. One of her projects, a collaboration with the Finnish National Museum, Studio Aleppo [Helsinki], has been awarded the "Production of the Year-2017" by Taku ry (Finnish Art and Cultural Professionals' Trade Union). Ceyda has worked with diverse cultures and has an extensive international professional network; and specialist knowledge in programming, curating, cultural branding, co-creation, fundraising and sponsorship. She holds a "Bene Merito" honorary distinction from the Ministry of International Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

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Sepideh Rahaa

Vice-chairperson of G.A.P., visual artist, researcher

Sepideh Rahaa (1981, Iran) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Helsinki. In her practice, she is focused on womanhood and resistance, migration and representation. In her doctoral research at Aalto University she investigates the concept of identity and its transformation with a critical and analytic view on representation, how female bodies become politicized in society and in contemporary art. In her artistic research, she aims to initiate methods within contemporary art to bridge from individual perception to the social perception by creating spaces for dialogue. Her works have been exhibited in Asia, the Middle East and in Europe. Rahaa holds an MA in art and research from Shahed University in Tehran and MA in Fine Arts and contemporary art, Aalto University.

Alexander Komlosi

Alexander Komlosi

Actor, Teacher, Researcher

I am an actor, teacher, and a researcher. I view these three different activities as interconnected and mutually inspiring. As an authorial actor, I have created and presented performance work for over 25 years. My latest project, The Hucky Honolulu Sessions, a performance series for YouTube, is currently in beta-version at www.huckyhonolulu.com. I also co-create by performing in the work of other artists, most recently in the work of multi-media artist Anna Estarriola. My teaching work mostly consists of leading (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner (aka IwIP), a solo improvisational discipline. I teach IwIP and Performative Well-Being courses at the University of Arts Helsinki and private workshops as part of the activities of a Helsinki non-for-profit, Culture Current, which is a member organisation of Globe Art Point. I am the Chairperson of Culture Current. I joined G.A.P’s board in 2019.

Geneva Rosett-Hafter

Geneva Rosett-Hafter

Geneva Rosett-Hafter is a visual and performance artist living in Helsinki. She grew up in California, moving to London and completing her BA degree at Laban in Dance Theatre in 2008. In 2011, she moved to Helsinki, to continue her artistic career and now organises a Croquis class through the Sarjakuvakeskus. She organises events and enjoys creating an artistic community that allows dancers and artists to mingle. Geneva has been on the board of the International Helsinki Artists Association since 2013 becoming the Chairman of the Board in 2018. She joined the board of Globe Art Point in 2019.

Yvapuru Samaniego

Yvapuru Samaniego

Multidisciplinary artist

Yvapurü Samaniego Bonnin Is a multidisciplinary artist who works with various media artworks from drawing to painting, photography and performance to the intervention on the public space. He designs, builds and creates furniture, original objects and jewellery. He also develops workshops and cultural programs for educational purposes.

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Daniel Malpica

Writer, graphic designer, producer, publisher

Daniel (1988, Mexico City) is a Helsinki based writer, graphic designer and producer. He is author of the poetry books 'Paréntesis' (2007), 'Marduk: Senectus Signum' (2009) and 'Ex-Aether' (2012). Since 2006, he has been invited to several international festivals of literature an multidisciplinary art. As a multimedia artist, Daniel has directed and designed more than a dozen of experimental lit events on a European and Mexican scale for places such as Kiasma Museum, Helsinki Book Fair, Lettrétage Lit House Berlin, Nordisk Sprogfest, Vuotalo, Casa del Lago UNAM and more. He is current's vice chair of Globe Art Point and a member of the Finnish PEN.

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Diego Ginartes

Artistic director & film programmer

Diego Ginartes (Spain, 1983) is based in Helsinki. He works as artistic director & film programmer. He holds a MA in Contemporary Film and Audiovisual Studies, University of Pompeu Fabra and Visual Arts from University of São Paulo. Since 2016 he has been the director of Cinemaissí, Latin American film festival in Finland. He founded New cinema/New talents, a platform to encourage emerging filmmakers with risky and unconventional cinematographic proposals. As a film programmer, among other projects, he curates the screening series Other/Cinema, produced by the research group Critical Cinema Lab from Aalto University and is part of short movies programming team of Tribeca Film Festival.

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Kalle Sandqvist

Reserve member of G.A.P., cultural producer

Kalle Sandqvist is a long-term experienced producer in all kinds of stage performance and other cultural events. In case you have, or you are planning an artistic service or visual art of your own to provide to your customer, contact Kalle. He is the manager of Osuuskunta SummArt Coop, and willing to help you fulfil your wishes and invoice your clients.