Mia Seppälä is a visual artist who lives in Helsinki, where she is currently pursuing a doctorate at the Finnish University of Fine Arts. Seppälä works with photography, painting, a moving image and participatory art on which topic builds on existing structures, formats and established procedures. They may be identifiable and ordinary, but sometimes they are concealed and harder to discern. 

Seppälä asks by her artistic practice, what if the theme of exhibition, or the topic of a work, was not about the works themselves, but rather about the question of what art really is and how it is made? What is possible in art? 

Her works have been seen in private and group exhibitions in Finland and internationally. Seppälä completed her MFA degree from the University of the Arts Helsinki in 2017.


First International Festival of Manuports 12.8.—10.10.2021 / kunsthalle KOHTA https://kohta.fi/exhibition/first-international-festival-of-manuports-open-call-for-artworks/


CARPA7 – 26 – 28 August 2021: The 7th Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts 2021

Nordic Summer Academy for Artistic Research (SAAR). The venue for SAAR 2021 August 8th–14th 2021, Finland https://artisticresearch.fi/saar

Research Pavilion #4



Short article in Taide-magazine, 20, issue 3/21 Taiteellisten tutkijoiden uimarantakesä

Esa-Arts 11th midterm conference – The social effects of art  9-12 March 2021 /https://sites.uniarts.fi/web/esa-arts2021

Taidegrafiikan tapa ollahttps://www.exhibitionlaboratory.fi/nayttely/taidegrafiikan-tapa

2/2021 Works included in a publication Printed matters: merkitysten kerroksia, edited by Martta Heikkilä & Annu Vertanen, published by the University of the Arts Helsinki. See the whole publication here.

Cooking for the Apocalypse – Eco Noir: A companion for Precarious Times https://www.artandeducation.net/announcements/358480/cooking-for-the-apocalypseeco-noir-a-companion-for-precarious-times on Laboratory 20.11.2020 – 9.12.2020

s.p.h.e.r.e. Excursions outside the digibox collateral workshop on digital platforms https://www.digiteatteri.fi/sphere


To Research or Not Research in the Post-disciplinary Academy?

X-plinary Congress on Artistic Research and Related Matters, Vilnius Academy of Arts & SODAS 2123. October 14-17th, 2021.


Suomen Valokuvataiteen museo kevät 2022

Kansainvälinen näyttely “Valokuvan paradoksit” käsittelee valokuvan tiedollisia ja kokemuksellisia ulottuvuuksia taiteellisista ja tutkimuksellisista näkökulmista. Kuvataideakatemian Taiteellisen tutkimuksen professori Mika Elo kuratoi näyttelyn, joka toteutetaan Suomen Akatemian rahoittaman tutkimushankkeen “Valokuvan postdigitaaliset epistemologiat” (2019-22) ja Suomen Valokuvataiteen museon yhteistyönä.

The Finnish Museum of Photography in spring 2022

The international exhibition “Paradoxes of Photography”, deals with the knowledge based and experiential dimensions of photography from artistic and research perspectives. Mika Elo, Professor of Artistic Research at the Academy of Fine Arts, is curating the exhibition, which is implemented in collaboration with the Academy of Finland-funded research project “Postdigital Epistemologies of Photography” (2019-22) and the Finnish Museum of Photography.

Helsinki Photomedia Conference April 2022

The theme of the 5th Helsinki Photomedia Conference in 2020 is “Images Among Us”.The conference brings together international photography researchers and academics. It offers various platforms where artistic, philosophical, social, cultural, economic and technological approaches to photography meet. photomediahttps://helsinkiphotomedia.aalto.fi