Much like her acclaimed Public Sauna at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York City, Lindman will re-contextualize an important Finnish tradition, so that it can be understood anew. In a career spanning over twenty years, Lindman explores how our bodies become the loci of interaction between the private and the public, whether it is reenacting the mourning gestures of the September 11 grief stricken as captured in the New York Times, inviting the public to speak about their own experiences during 2008 financial crisis, or creating a special earth room to protect against mold.
Pia Lindman is currently Professor of Beings and Things and Head of Biofilia at ViCCA, Aalto University (Finland). Lindman’s performance-based work combines research and art. At MIT, she was a Fulbright Scholar (1999) and later artist-in-residence (2004 – 2006), studying humanoid robots. After ten years in New York, including a professorship at Yale University, she now lives and works in Berlin and a collective eco-village in Fagervik, Finland. In 2011, she was commissioned to create Poison and Play, a solo project and exhibition at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Art/science residencies include the Biological Research Station in Kilpisjärvi, Lapland and the former NATO base in Keflavik, Iceland. She has exhibited widely, including The Storefront for Art and Architecture; the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Sculpture Center; Artists Space; and internationally in Mexico City, Tokyo, London, Paris, Vilnius, Warsaw, Vienna, and Helsinki. Her video series Thisplace is in the collection of MoMA, NY.