Soil Matters (curator)

Maarit Mäkelä (Curator)

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review


Soil Matters exhibition explores the materiality of soil and how it is interwoven with human activity. The design industry steers consumer habits, thus contributing to the contamination and transformation of the land. Soil Matters highlights how, among other factors, the glass and porcelain industries and new technologies have left their mark in the soil. In the exhibition, designers, artisans and artists explore the relation between human and soil through experimental design projects.

Curators: Maarit Mäkelä, Riikka Latva-Somppi

Artists and groups at the exhibition: Tzuyu Chen (TW), Annelie Grimwade Olofsson (SE/DK), Özgü Gündeşlioğlu (TR), Catharina Kajander (FI), Riikka Latva-Somppi (FI), Maarit Mäkelä (FI), Pauliina Purhonen (FI), Erna Skúladóttir (IS), Unknown Fields Division (Liam Young & Kate Davies) (UK), Un/Making Studio (Åsa Ståhl & Kristina Lindström) (SE)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHelsinki
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2020
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventSoil Matters - Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 4 Sep 202010 Jan 2021


  • Exhibition
  • soil
  • ceramics
  • glass
  • artistic research
  • critical design
  • speculative design

Field of art

  • Design


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