Maarit Suomi-VäänänenHome

Maarit Suomi-Väänänen (1966) works as a filmmaker and media artist and graduated with an MA from the University of Art and Design, Helsinki 2008. Maarit combines the expressive forms of visual art to optical possibilities. Her short films ponder social and emotional themes as well as themes connected to identity and communication. Her video installations transform space by using  other media such as photography and objects.


Praised as fascinating and open to a multitude of interpretations, her awarded works have toured 36 countries, appearing in galleries and museums, at festivals, and on television. Some of the venues include:  IDFA in Amsterdam, World Wide Short Film Festival in Toronto, Rooftop in New York, Silhouette in Paris, Sarajevo Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art Kiasma in Helsinki, WARC Gallery inToronto and YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company. Her short film, Up And About Again, won the Best International Short Film Award at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal, Canada and was part of an exhibition at the Virserum Kunsthall in Sweden along with the work of renowned video artists, Bill Viola and Eija-Liisa Ahtila, among others.


Maarit’s work is distributed by Finnish Film Foundation, AV-Arkki Distribution Centre of Finnish Media Art, Videotheque Nomade Brussels and VTape Toronto and represented by Cinema Feast Montreal. Maarit lives in Helsinki and is one of only two artists awarded with a three years artist´s stipendium granted by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland in 2013.



In a musty misty thicket

In a Musty, Misty Thicket

Pik Mama and Missy are spending a boondocks day in a mysterious, musty thicket. (12min, installation 2011, film 2012)

Missy (Likka): Nina Renvall. Pik Mama: Appe Vanajas. Photo: Jarkko Liikanen.

Direction, script, edit, scenography, production: Maarit Suomi-Väänänen.

Support: Finnish Broadcasting Company / Sari Volanen, Avek / Heidi Tikka, Pia Andell, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Council of Finland. 

Script support: Finnish Film Foundation / Miia Haavisto

- Group exhibition at Mänttä Art Festival, Finland 12.6.-31.8.2011. Installation version. Curator: Otso Kantokorpi. 

- Installation screening at Seanahk Art Festival, Haapsalu, Estonia 29.7.2011. Curator: Jaan Toomik and Johannes  Deimling.

- Festival premier, Film Festival Rotterdam, Dinamo screening by Av-arkki 27.1.2012



- TV-broadcast on Yle Teema, Uusi Kino, Finnish Broadcasting Company. Producer: Sari Volanen.

- Gallery Space Station 65 London UK, April-May 2014. Curators: Arto Korhonen, Minna Haukka

- Short Film Festival Peru, competition 11.2013

- Chateau de Saint Auvent France. 27.7.-25.8.2013. Curator: Harri Larjosto

- Montreal Underground Film Festival Canada 25.5.2013

- LadyFest Copenhagen Denmark 11.4.2012

- John Barker´s Short, Barker Theatre, Turku, Finland, April 2013

- KORT Art Film Festival, Sandnes, Norway 30.11.2012 + film debate with critic Kalle Löchen

- Helsinki Short Film Festival 13.-18.11.2012

- Aarhus Film Festival 6.-11.11.2012 +  Aaros, Aarhus Art Museum 

- Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada, Open Studios 19.10.2012. The Special Effects Trilogy

- Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria BC, Canada 12.-20.10.2012

KinoKino Art and Film Center, Sandnes Norway, all-films-screening 1.9.2012

- Nordisk Panorama, Oulu Finland, competition 21.-26.9.2012

- Finland Film Festival, The New Library Almere, Netherlands prior to Kaurismäki`s Le Havre 16.10.2012

+ Up And About Again, prior to Steam of Life 17.10.2012 

- Arctic Heat, competition, Jyväskylä Finland 2.2012

- Worldwide Short Film Festival Toronto Canada, Night Shift Sunday June 10, 1:15. 2012

- Photographic Center Peri, Sin exhibition, Turku Finland 15.6.-19.8.2012

- All films screening at Grand Detour, Portland, USA, 18.10.2011, Recess Gallery

- Pori Festivals 18.12.2011. Curator: Anni Venäläinen




Up and About Again

Up And About Again

UP AND ABOUT AGAIN (2009, 10min) is moved by motion, laid back in the outback.

Director, script, edit, production: Maarit Suomi-Väänänen.

Car specialist: Risto Hämäri. Photo: Jarkko Liikanen.

Support: Finnish Broadcasting Company / Sari Volanen, AVEK / Milla Moilanen, Ulla Simonen, Finnish Cultural Cultural Foundation, Arts Council of Finland.

Up And About Again has shown on 100 venues in 27 countries. 

The best short film in the international selection, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal, Canada 2009


Upcoming / latest

- Arctic Heat festival, AV-arkki-screening 2.2014

- Milano Film Festival 9.2013

- Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle, rebroadcast 12.2013

- Galerie Espace Cercle Carré, Montreal, 12.9. 2013

- Vortex Gallery, Dijon, France 13.-28.10.2012

- Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada, Open Studios 19.10.2012. The Special Effects Trilogy

- Finland Film Festival, The New Library Almere, Netherlands prior to Steam of Life 17.10.2012

- Nordic Short Film Panorama, 4 Cities Quebec Kanada: Chicoutimi, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec-city, Montréal

by Regard Saguenay Film Festival 14.-23.3.2012

- Scandinavian House New York, AV-arkki Screening 12.3.2012

- Solo exhibition, WARC Gallery, Toronto, Canada 29.10.-3.12.2011. Critic:

THE GLOBE AND MAIL, CANADA: R. M. Vaughan: A road trip into our psyches 

- Finnish Broadcasting Company, Re-Broadcast Uusi Kino, Yle Teema 8.12.2011 and 11.12.2011

- Turku 365, European Capital of Culture, Finland. 11.2011

- Avantgarde films in Drive-In Theatre, Fullframe, Wienna, Austria 21.9.2011

- Global Container, Culture Factory Polymer, Tallinn Estonia 26.8.2011. Curator: Sandra Jõgeva

- Reikäreuna Film Festival, Orivesi Finland 9.2011

- Videoarte Invisible 9, Fabrica Gambettola, Italy 18.7.-7.8.2011. By B&Bart Museo de Arte Contemporanea Italia Colombia.

- TV broadcasting YLE Teema, Kinomania, 14th of November, 2010. 

- “Another one of MUFF's favourite's, Jalkeilla Taas (Up and About Again) by Maarit Suomi-Väänänen from Finland...”

  MUFF Montreal Underground film Festival 12.-14.5.2011

- Lorenzo Jovanotti`s Tou r of the Stadium Concerts in Italy, un-conventional screening, spring-summer-autumn 2011




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Minispectacles 1-19

Minispectacles: Touché, Douche, Souche, 4xAlong, 2xAgainst, 9xSolo, Duo, Trio, Quartet

(19x1min, 2010-2014, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, France, Egypt, USA, airspace, Canada)


Minispectacles is series of one-minute works, cinematic haikus.

The first Minispectacle parts are Touché, Douche and Souche.

Minispectacles 4xAlong follows the flow of water, sewage, the Suez Canal and of desire.

Minispectacles 2xAgainst goes against with the French Resistance and Occupy Oakland.

Minispectacles 9xSolo, Duo, Trio, Quartet portray children, the childish,

the childless, twins, moms, the French, french fries, as well as boxes for litter and post.

To be continued. 


Support: Kone Foundation, Avek The Promotion Centre of Audiovisual Culture / Elena Näsänen, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre in Finland


- Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA 

- SPECIAL MENTION kohdassa nimi EI Maris, VAAN Maria Duncker

- Helsinki Short Film Festival, competition, Finland 11.2013

- Experimental Film Festival, Portland, USA, May 2013

- Forum Box, Media Box, Helsinki, Finland 26.4.- 19.5.2013. Openings 25.4. 17-19 o´clock. Warmly welcome! Curator: Nina Toppila

- Chateau de Saint Auvent France. 27.7. Screening. Curator: Harri Larjosto

- Kone Foundation, Saari Manor, Mynämäki, Finland 2012

- Kinokino Center for Art And Film, KORT Festival, Sandnes, Norway

- Helsinki Short Film Festival, Finland 11.11.2011

SPECIAL MENTION: "The mini film serie is an anarchistic diamond, that needs no refining." Jury: Maris Duncker, Anssi Kasitonni. 

- Instant Cinema, Experimental Documentaries Channel,curator: Pablo Carrera

- Traverse Vidéo, Toulouse, France 3.2012

- North End Studios, Detroit Design Festival, Detroit USA  25.9.2011, curator: Katherine Craig

- Instants Vidèo Numèriques et poètiques, Marseille, France 9.11.2011

- Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay, Canada 29.9.-2.10.2011

- Reikäreuna Film Festival, Orivesi Finland 9.2011

- Culture Tram 7A, Helsinki Finland 5.4.-28.4.2011, curator: Saara Hacklin, AV-arkki

- Clermond-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Nordic Film Foundations at Market, France 3.2011

- IDFA, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, ParaDocs -program, Netherlands 2010 

- 5e Biennale d´art contemporain de Bourges, Minicube at the Galerie Haidouc, France 18.-21.11.2010 (triptych)

- ATA Artists Television Access, Window Gallery Installation, San Francisco, U SA  1.10.-21.10.2010

- 14th Ismailia International Festival for Documentary & Short Films, competition, Egypt 9.2010

- Gallery 3h+k, Pori, Finland. Curator: Anni Venäläinen

- The international One Minute Film & Video Festival Aarau, competition, Switzerland 8.2010

- Kölner Filmhaus, Error compilation, Germany 10.2010



SALTY SNOW (8min, 2007) on YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company 13.7.2011, rebroadcast.



INSTANT CINEMA has gone alive!

See A BIT SCARY REALLY... (2005) at EYE Film Institute Netherlands Collection, curator: Anna Abrahams:

See more Maarit`s works:


FROM BANGLADESH BY HAND (b&w photos 1990)

- World Shop Juuttiputiikki Oulu, Finland 15.5.-15.6.2011

The first exhibition of Suomi-Väänänen from 20 years ago is exhibited concerning the Int. Fair Trade Day




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