Axel Straschnoy

Photo courtesy of the artist

Axel Straschnoy (b. 1978) is a visual artist born in Buenos Aires, based in Helsinki. His long-term and research focused projects include Kilpisjärvellä (2011-12) a planetarium film on exploration in northern Lapland under the Northern Lights (Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Mirta Demare Gallery, Rotterdam), La Figure de la Terre (2014) a short film based on the book The Figure of the Earth by 18th century French mathematician and explorer Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis (Galería del Infinito, Buenos Aires; Museo del Cine, Buenos Aires and Neomylodon Listai Ameghino (2015), a multi-part, traveling exhibition to bring the fantastic animal’s remains back together one hundred and twenty years after its discovery (Galleria Augusta, Helsinki; Evolutionsmuseet, Uppsala; Inter Arts Center, Malmö).

His Permian Collection (2018) is the first collection that deals with the museum as an ecosystem located in the city that gave the name to a geological period and the biggest mass extinction in history (Perm Regional Museum, Perm; book forthcoming). The Finnish Astronautical Society (2019), a series of events and films on Finno-futurism, was presented at the 70th International Astronautical Congress (Washington, D.C.), the European Planetary Science Congress 2019 (Genève) and Forum Box (Helsinki).

Other recent exhibitions and screenings include The Great Morning / Winds of long ago / blow through the pine-trees, Del Infinito, Buenos Aires (2016), Le rappel à l’ordre, Forum Box, Helsinki (2016), Emerging Media Artists 2014, Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg, Opening Archive, Ateneum Museum Library, Helsinki (2013), Fulldome Festival, Zeiss Planetarium, Jena, Flaherty Seminar, Colgate University, Hamilton and Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne. Straschnoy has participated in Le Pavillon residency at Palais de Tokyo (2008-09) and trained in Art History at University of Buenos Aires.