Riikka Haapasaari is an artist and a filmmaker. Currently she is working on projects that combine filmmaking and glassmaking traditions to investigate the area between cinema and glass, focusing on themes relating to our society, tradition, skill, and cultural heritage. She is interested in finding contemporary ways of utilizing traditional skills in glass to create works that hold meaning beyond the material, and tell stories about our culture that evoke feelings, thoughts, and discussion.







Recent/upcoming

"A Home" screening at the Bideodromo Festival 2018, BilbaoArte Art Production Center, Bilbao, Spain (September 17-21, 2018)

"Under A Glassy Sky" solo show at The Glass Factory, Boda Glasbruk, Sweden (03-04/2018) 

"Stories About Glass" solo show at the Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland (02-04/2018) 

Recipient of an Exhibition Grant from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (2018) 

PhD-researcher in Glass, University of Sunderland (Sunderland, UK; 2017-), research about "The symbiotic relationship between glassmaking and filmmaking in creative practice"

Interview and an article about "The Little Wave" in the WomenCinemakers, vol. VI (September 2017), available online https://issuu.com/women.cinemakers/docs/viedition 

"To Create" in an exhibition, New Stories, Vitrum Balticum VII Triennial: Gallery Meno Parkas, Kaunas, Lithuania (4.-27.10.2017) 

"The Little Wave" in a touring exhibition, Scandinavian Glass - Starting All Over: The Glass Factory, Boda, Sweden (09-11/2017); The Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, Finland (11/2017-03/2018); Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark (04-09/2018) 

"Glass in Question" and "The Little Wave" in Suomalaisen lasin vuosikirja 2017 (The 2017 Finnish Glass Yearbook), published by Suomen lasimuseon ystävät ry

Recipient of an Artist's grant from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (2017)

Recipient of the Artist's Grant from the City of Vantaa, Finland (2017)

"Weaving Tradition" in a touring exhibition, Young Glass 2017: Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark (06-10/2017); The Glass Factory, Boda, Sweden (10/2017-03/2018); National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK (03-10/2018) 

"Glass In Question" project in the New Glass Review 38, published by Corning Museum of Glass (2017)