Friday, January 24th 2020 1pm – 2 pm
Design Museum’s Gallery (Basement floor)
The discussion takes place in English and is included in the entry ticket price
Design Museum’s Lunch Talk is a forum where the professionals behind each new exhibition offer insight into the themes. The curators of In Good Hands exhibition, Kieran Long and Riikka Latva-Somppi, will discuss the idea of craft today in relation to the traditions and materials of craft from the history of The Friends of the Finnish Handicrafts. Moderated by Annika Nyberg-Frankenhaeuser.
Kieran Long is the director of ArkDes, The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design. Kieran Long has 20 years of experience within the realm of architecture and design, first as a writer, critic and teacher and more recently as a curator. In 2012 he worked with David Chipperfield to curate the Venice Biennale of Architecture, and in 2013 became the Keeper of the Department of Design, Architecture and Digital at the V&A Museum in London. He has been a tutor at the Royal College of Art, a writer in journals across the world and has been a television presenter for the BBC. He took up his position at ArkDes in Stockholm in April 2017.
Riikka Latva-Somppi is a curator and artist working in the interfaces of art, design and craft. Her professional practice includes multiple roles ranging from material practice and public art to teaching at Aalto University, lecturing and other assignments of expertise in the field. She worked as the curator for Pyhäniemi Manor 2011-2018 and curated the European touring exhibition Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future (2016-2018). Her public artwork has been awarded The Certificate of Environmental Art in 2009 and has gained several special recognitions as part of Art4 public art concept in Tikkurila in 2017-2018. She is currently working on her doctoral research at Aalto University’s Design department.