Lena Séraphin is a visual artist based in Helsinki. She has graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1998. Her work consists of writings and visual works that give emphasis to display as a dramaturgic event. She relates to the mediums of text, photography, archival imagery, installation and moving image.

She is presently a Doctoral Candidate at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki. Her doctoral thesis Fictum is based on artistic research and investigates the potential of fictionality in contemporary visual arts.

Her work is affected by a 1900th century literary genre and a primal folklore tradition considering doppelgangers and alter egos. She expands the genre towards role-play in existing cultural and social settings. By connecting to works such as Ein Doppelgänger by the German author Theodor Storm she spurs a literary tradition to shift into a visual scope.


Doctoral Programme, Department of Art, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS). Permission for Public Defence granted 22/11/2016

Pedagogical qualification, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, 23/2/2009

Master of Arts, University of Art and Design in Helsinki, 15/5/1998

Master of Arts in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 1/11/1997

Language skills

Swedish: Mother Tongue

Finnish: Fluent

English: Advanced

French: Upper intermediate

German: Beginner

Employment history

Doctoral Candidate 1/9/2011-30/11/2014, Department of Art, Aalto ARTS

Institute of Fine Arts, Lahti University of Applied Sciences

Lecturer 1/3/2008-30/3/2013 (LOA from 2010)

Head of Department 15/8/2005-31/7/2006 and 1/1/2007-31/12/2007

Research Affiliations

Member of an international research project, steered by professor Magnus Bärtås and funded by the Swedish Research Council, entitled Microhistories in 2014-2016.

Visiting Doctoral Candidate at Konstfack, Stockholm, springterm 2014

Collectioned by

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki City, Pro Artibus Foundation and Finnish State

Exhibitions, Projects and Commissions

2018Don Quixote Complex, MUU Studio, Helsinki

2017Another Alphabet, workshop & publication of collective writing, produced by Pro Artibus

2017Don Quixote Complex, Hippolyte studio, Helsinki

2017Watchmakers, Elverket, Ekenäs

2016Un/Safe, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa

2015Another version (or a dream), Gävle konstcentrum

2014Disruptive Laughter publication; release, Konsthall C, Sweden

2014The Farsighted Oodd Bird with Blaue Frau, Microhistories seminar at Tensta konsthall

2013The Fiction Show, Tramshed Gallery, London

2011Lena Séraphin, Andrea Meinin Bück & Don Quixote Complex, Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki Art Museum

2010Value Beast, Forum Box, Helsinki

2009Tracking Traces, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

2009In the Wintergarden, Commissioned by Helsinki Art Museum

2007If Walls Could Speak, Botkyrka konsthall, Sweden

2007If Walls Could Speak, Kerava Art museum, Finland

2005Gallery Heino, Helsinki

2004Rich, Respected and Dead, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki

2002Intruders Are Paid In Marble, Leena Kuumola Gallery, Helsinki

2002Tomorrow 10.20 p.m, Comissioned by SOK, Helsinki

2001Come Back and Back, Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki Art Museum

2000Did You Come Alone?, An urban project for Helsinki European City of Culture 2000

Publications and Broadcasts

2016”Försök att tömma tid och skriv två lördagar i omlott”, Minna Heikinaho and Lena Séraphin, eds Moa Franzén ja Anna Nyström, design Jonas Williamsson. Kritiker – Nordic Magazine for Literary Criticism and Essays nr 38

2016”Gravity of the Eye”, Microhistories, eds Magnus Bärtås, Andrej Slavik (Stockholm: Konstfack Collection)

2013”My Name was Everyone”, Art & Music, The fiction Issue, UK

2013The lifethirsting shadow, a radioessay for YLE/ Radio Vega

2012”Kuinka monta taiteilijaa on tarpeeksi?,” Taide-lehti, nr 5

2003-2005Reviewer in Hufvudstadsbladet the Swedish-language daily paper in Finland

Conference Presentations

2017forthcoming ”Perception and Collective Writing,” Guts Seminar, Aalto ARTS

2016”Collective Writing,” The Ethics, Freedom and Resistance of Authorship seminar, Uniarts.

2016“Another Alphabet – From Parallel Words to Reciprocated Writing,”
Convergence of Artistic Media Conference, University of Helsinki.

2016“Another Alphabet,” Open Fields Conference, Rixc Center for New Media Culture, Art Research Lab of Liepaja University & Baltic-Nordic Renewable Network Partners, Riga

2016”The Double as an Asset,” 4th Artistic and Arts Based Research Conference, Aalto ARTS

2016”Gravity of the Eye, Reconfiguring Historiography,” Helsinki Photomedia Conference

2015”The Don Quixote Complex,” Kuva Research Days

2014”The Compromised Audience,” University of Granada, Espanja

2013”The Don Quixote Complex,” A Day with Microhistories, Konstfack, Stockholm

2012”The Don Quixote Complex,” Artification Conference, Aalto ARTS

2012”Fictum,” Eufrad Conference, Stockholm

2012”Methodological Approaches to Combining the Verbal and Visual,” Word and Image Seminar, Helsinki University

2011”Strategies in Arts Practice in Relation to the Reception of Art”, Seminar of Evaluation and Critique in Art, Finnish Society for Aesthetics


Stina Krook Foundation 2002

Collective Writing Initiatives

2014A remake of Georges Perec´s work, Tentative d’épuisement d’un lieu parisien from 1974. The project is continued in 2017 as Another Alphabet and is produced by Pro Artibus.
Participants: Pia Sandström, Ulrika Gomm, Joanne Lee, Behzad Khosravi, Moa Franzén, Minna Heikinaho, Petri Kaverma and Lena Séraphin.

Co-curated exhibitions with Patricia Ellis

2002Paintings for Finland, Vinogradov & Dubossarsky, Muu Gallery

2002Saskia Olde Wolbers, Helsinki Kunsthalle studio

2001Paintings for England, Vinogradov & Dubossarsky, Vilma Gold Gallery, London


Forthcoming Pro Artibus 2017 (1 month), Botkyrka Residence, Sweden 2012 (2 months), Villa Lante Rome Italy 2008 (1 week), Nifca at IASPIS Stockholm 2002 (3 months), Centre culturel de rencontre, Lyon, France 2001 (1 month), The Finnish Foundation for Visual Arts, New York 1999 (3 weeks)


Culture Unplugged 2012, YLE TV1 2008, Kettupäivät 2007, View, Helsinki 2005