Kristina Junttila Valkoinen (1977) is a Norwegian/Finnish artist working in the field of Live Art. She constructs events and performances where modes of participation might occur, in sites such as hairdressers, old folks homes, lecture rooms or in the more traditional black boxes and galleries. She acts as a performer, collaborator, director, researcher or teacher. She is interested in exploring performance as a place to be engaged in society and widening the concept of what form a performance can take.
Themes of her artistic practice have evolved around the relationship between existing structures and the personal. In what ways do our surroundings, regulations and institutions influence our lives? Who have freedom, responsibility or power?
Kristina lives in Tromsø, North Norway, where she is research fellow at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, University of Tromsø. In Tromsø she is in the artistic board of Ferske Scener and has a long term collaboration with Snakk for deg sjøl. Autumn 2016 she will be a visiting research fellow at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki.
Kristina has studied performance art, theatre, visual arts, movement, critical theory and pedagogy in Copenhagen, University of Tromsø, Dartington College of Arts, Turku Arts Academy and she holds a masters degree in “Performance Art and Theory” from the Theatre Academy in Helsinki, Finland.