Miklos Gaál

Art Foundation Merita’s award for artistic research goes to Miklos Gaál

The joint award of Art Foundation Merita and Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts for a merited doctoral student in artistic research has been granted to Miklos Gaál. The EUR 22,000 award highlights artist-scientists and the diverse working methods of artistic research.  Artistic research refers to research designs in which art is not solely the object of research but its starting point, goal, context or method.

Miklos Gaál (b. 1974) is a Finnish artist living in Amsterdam, internationally known especially for his photographs. In recent years, his repertoire has expanded to the moving image, drawings, images realised with various printing techniques and installations.

“My artistic identity is not tied to a single medium,” says Gaál. “Creating art offers me diverse means for exploring and processing things that puzzle me. Research – reading and writing – is just another tool for approaching my interests.”

Gaál is currently pursuing a doctorate at Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts. His research topic is the relationship of the art philosophy of early German Romanticism to the strategies of contemporary art. His doctorate project includes, among other things, the film Pfaueninsel, an essayistic narrative that will be premiered at the German Naturvision film festival in July 2020. Its theme is a garden in Berlin with a peacock population, established during early Romanticism.

Art Foundation Merita’s award was granted for the fifth time in cooperation with Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts. The goal of the award, redirected in 2019, is to enhance the progress of doctoral studies and lay the foundation for postdoctoral artistic research.

The jury consisted of: Anu Kehusmaa, Director at Art Foundation Merita; Tutta Palin, Professor of Art History at the University of Turku; and Dean Johanna Vakkari and, as case presenter, Professor Mika Elo, both from Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts.

The artist’s website: https://www.miklosgaal.com/

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