Riitta Hakkarainen is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer with a background in scenography and art direction in cinema. Her work uses the medium of theatricality to create environments that explore aspects of the human condition. The aesthetic is used as a tool to shape a microcosm that suggests new interpretations and stories. She graduated from St Petersburg State Theatre Academy and finished an MA in Scenography at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Her visual version of N.Gogol’s “The Overcoat was commissioned tour to High Fest (Armenia) and Sibiu International Theatre Festival (Romania). She regularly works for Stephen Jones on fashion pieces for Dior and Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Lately Riitta has been working with researchers from University of Cambridge and Birmingham, making animations on themes of religion and women's health. This year Riitta and her collaborator Jude Montague were at the ‘Creative Europe project’ On-The-Fly residency at Creative Coding Utrecht.
She has curated an exhibition and collaborated on an installation Everywoman with Silja Manninen, made an animated music video for “Emperors of Rome” and illustrated an anthropological book published by Palgrave Macmillan : “Translocal childhood and family mobility in East and North Europe”. In 2019 Riitta did a 2D animation for a vr-experience about boarding schools for an anthropological research project in University College London.
Riitta has exhibited internationally including Miniscule Venice, during the 2019 Biennale and has her sculpture in Palazzo Visocchi (Atina, Italy) on permanent display.