Lena Séraphin is a visual artist and researcher based in Helsinki. Her artistic practice consists of collaborative writings and visual works that place emphasis on display as a dramaturgic event. She holds a Master of Arts in Fine Art from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London (1997) and a Doctor of Arts from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki (2017).

Her dissertation The Don Quixote Complex and Investigations into Fictionality is based on observations of the artist herself as a varying assembly of roles/identities. During research Séraphin created a double (or Doppelgänger) as a figuration and an artistic device in order to explore the imaginary as a knowledgeable environment.


Doctor of Arts, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki

Grading: Passed with distinction, 28/4/2017.

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.

Research Affiliations and Academic Communities

Postdoctoral researcher at Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, fall 2017.

Member of the research project Microhistories in 2014-2015.

Visiting Doctoral Candidate at Konstfack, Stockhom, spring 2014.

Exhibitions, Projects and Commissions

2018 Ar(t)chaelogy, Nicosia.

2018 Lena Séraphin, Andrea Meinin Bück & Don Quijote Complex, MUU Studio, Helsinki.

2018 Watchmakers, Feminist wintershow, Almintalo, Loviisa.

2017 Lena Séraphin, Andrea Meinin Bück & Don Quijote Complex, Hippolyte Studio, Helsinki.

2017 Omspelning-Replay-Uusintaotto-Repetición. A publication produced by Pro Artibus.

2017 Watchmakers, Feminist summershow, Elverket, Tammisaari.

2016 A Civilian Remake, Un/Safe, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa.

2015 Don Quixote Complex, Another version (or a dream), Gävle konstcentre.

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

2013 Don Quixote Complex, The Fiction Show, Tramshed Gallery, London.

2011 Lena Séraphin, Andrea Meinin Bück & Don Quixote Complex, soloshow, Kluuvi Gallery.

2010 Value Beast, with sculptor Anni Laakso, Forum Box, Helsinki.

2009 Watchmakers, Tracking Traces, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.

2009 In the Wintergarden, public work commissioned by Helsinki Art Museum.

2007 If Walls Could Speak, Botkyrka konsthall, Sweden.

2007 If Walls Could Speak, Kerava Art museum, Finland.

2006 Watchmakers, ITU –group exhibition, Rauma Art Museum.

2005 Gallery Heino, soloshow, Helsinki.

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

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

2002 Tomorrow 10.20 p.m, temporary public art at Mannerheimintie 9, comissioned by SOK, Helsinki.

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

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

Collectioned by

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


Stina Krook Foundation 2002

Publications and Broadcasts

“Omspelning-Replay-Uusintaotto-Repetición,” with Ulrika Gomm, Hami Bahadori, Moa Franzén, Minna Heikinaho, Behzad Khosravi Noori, Joanne Lee, Jaime Mena de Torres, Pia Sandström and Lena Séraphin, (Tammisaari: Stiftelsen Pro Artibus 2017).

“Havaita ja kirjoittaa,” Minna Heikinaho and Lena Séraphin. Eds Outi Condit and Liisa Jaakonaho, (2017).

”Försök att tömma tid och skriv två lördagar i omlott,” Minna Heikinaho and Lena Séraphin.

eds Moa Franzén, Pia Sandström and Anna Nyström, design Jonas Williamsson.

Kritiker – Nordic Magazine for Literary Criticism and Essays, nr 38 (2015).

”Gravity of the Eye,” in Microhistories, Lena Séraphin. Eds Magnus Bärtås and Andrej Slávik (Stockholm: Konstfack Collection 2016).

”My Name was Everyone,” Lena Séraphin. Art & Music Magazine, nro 21 (2013).

“The Lifethirsting Shadow,” Lena Séraphin. A radioessay for YLE/ Radio Vega (2013).

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

Conference and Seminar Presentations

26/3/2018 “Collaborative Writing as Unlearning,” Research in Arts and Experience Network seminar, Aalto University.

4/2/2018 ”Aesthetics and Politics in the Everyday,” Hami Bahadori, Minna Heikinaho and Lena Séraphin, NSU Winter Symposium, Copenhagen.

2/11/2016 ”Collective Writing,” The Ethics, Freedom and Resistance of Authorship seminar, Uniarts.

1/11/2016 “Another Alphabet – From Parallel Words to Reciprocated Writing,”

Convergence of Artistic Media Conference, University of Helsinki.

17/10/2016 ”Text as a Tool for Visual Artists,” Seminar on Writing, Finnish Painters’ Union.

29/9/2016 “Another Alphabet,” Open Fields Conference, Rixc Center for New Media Culture, Art Research Lab of Liepaja University & Baltic-Nordic Renewable Network Partners, Riga.

29/6/2016 ”The Double as an Asset,” 4th Artistic and Arts Based Research Conference, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, (Aalto ARTS).

1/4/2016 ”Gravity of the Eye, Reconfiguring Historiography,” Helsinki Photomedia Conference.

9/12/2015 ”The Don Quixote Complex,” Worlds within Worlds, Kuva Research Days.

27/1/2014 ”The Compromised Audience,” University of Granada, Spain.

27/3/2013 ”The Don Quixote Complex,” A Day with Microhistories, Konstfack, Stockholm.

17/8/2012 ”The Don Quixote Complex,” Artification Conference, Aalto ARTS.

27/9/2012 ”Fictum,” Eufrad (The European Forum for Research Degrees in Art and Design) Conference, Stockholm.

11/10/2012 ”Methodological Approaches to Combining the Verbal and Visual,” Word and Image Seminar, Helsinki University.

6/5/2011 ”Strategies in Arts Practice in Relation to the Reception of Art”, Seminar of Evaluation and Critique in Art, Finnish Society for Aesthetics.

Collaborative Writing Initiatives

2014 A remake of Georges Perec´s work, Tentative d’épuisement d’un lieu parisien from 1974. Participants: Pia Sandström, Ulrika Gomm, Joanne Lee, Behzad Khosravi, Minna Heikinaho, Petri Kaverma and Lena Séraphin. The project continues as Omspelning-Replay-Uusintaotto-Repetición.

Co-curated exhibitions with Patricia Ellis

2002 Paintings for Finland, Vinogradov & Dubossarsky, Muu Gallery.

2002 Saskia Olde Wolbers, Helsinki Kunsthalle studio.

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