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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, researcher and educator based in Helsinki. Through her practice she actively investigates/questions prevailing power structures, social norms and conventions while focusing on womanhood, storytelling and everyday resistances. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral studies in Contemporary Art at Aalto University. Her research interests are representation in contemporary art, silenced histories, decolonisation, feminist politics and intersectionality, collaboration, global social justice, and critical race studies. Her aim is to initiate methods within contemporary art for creating spaces for dialogue. Since 2015, Rahaa has been actively participating in debates and taking actions regarding the art politics in Finland by being a member at Third Space Collective, Globe Art Point (board 2016) and Nordic Network for Norm critical Leadership (2018) among other collaborative projects. She holds a BA in Painting and Visual Arts, MA in Art and Research from Shahed University of Tehran and a second MA in Fine Arts and contemporary art at Aalto University. Her artistic practice combines different disciplines, including film and video, performance, painting, poetry and photography. Her work has been exhibited and screened in Europe, Asia and West Asia (politically known as the Middle East): Iran, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Germany (Berlin), Latvia, Lithuania and Finland.

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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.

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.

Alexander Komlosi

Alexander Komlosi

Deputy member, 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.

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Kalle Sandqvist

Deputy member, 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.