Hanna Tuulikki is a British-Finnish artist, composer and performer based in Scotland. Her multi-disciplinary projects investigate the ways in which the body communicates beyond and before words, to tell stories through imitation, vocalisation and gesture. With a largely place-responsive process, she considers how bodily relationships and folk histories are encoded within specific environments, ecologies and places. In her work, she often draws on embodied vernacular knowledges, in particular, practices of vocal and gestural mimesis of the more-than-human, to offer alternative approaches to making kin, both with one other, and across multi-species entanglements. Her most recent work engages with vital questions about what it means to live on a damaged planet, proposing contemporary, queer ritual, as a means to process the trauma that comes with ecological awareness.
Tuulikki’s practice spans live performance, music, moving image and multi-channel audio-visual installation, blending together textural extended vocal composition, choreography, costume and visual score drawings. Her critically acclaimed work has been commissioned and presented by organisations across visual, musical and performing arts in the UK, Europe, USA, India and Australia including: the Biennale of Sydney (2022), British Art Show 9 (2021-22), National Galleries of Scotland: Modern One (2021-23), Helsinki Biennial (2021), Kelder, London (2021), Take Me Somewhere festival, Tramway, Glasgow (2021), the VOV with National Galleries of Scotland (2021), Edinburgh Art Festival (2020), Edinburgh Printmakers (2019), Scottish Sculpture Workshop (2019), Galleri Format, Malmö (2018), Woodstreet Galleries, Pittsburgh (2018), Alchemy Film & Arts (2018), Marseille EXPO (2018), CCA Glasgow (2017), RMIT Melbourne (2017), BALTIC, Gateshead (2017), Dovecot, Edinburgh (2017), BBC Radio 4 (2017), Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, Dundee (2017), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2016), Cappella Nova (2016), Edinburgh Art Festival (2015), ATLAS Arts (2015), The SPACE (2015), Glasgow 2014’s Cultural Programme (2014), Travelling Gallery for GENERATION (2014, Tectonics Festival (2013), Tramway, Glasgow (2013), Red Note Ensemble (2012), Glasgow International (2012). She won a Scottish Award for New Music in Sonic Arts (2017) and was twice shortlisted for a British Composer Award (2015, 2017). She was Magnetic North’s theatre company’s artist attachment recipient 2017-2019, on the shortlist for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2019, and a finalist in the music for change Arts Foundation award 2022.
images: Seals’kin, film stills, Hanna Tuulikki, 2022