Checkpoint Helsinki, a contemporary arts initiative in Finland, has appointed Paul O’Neill as its new artistic director beginning this fall. Since its founding in 2013, the organization has worked to commission and produce contemporary art projects by artists and curators invited to work in Finland.
O’Neill will leave his position as the director of the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in upstate New York, where he has been since 2013. During his 20-year career, O’Neill has curated more than 60 projects and exhibitions around the world, and authored or edited multiple books including The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s) and Durational Aesthetics: Time and Contemporary Art, forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press in 2018.
In a statement, O’Neill said, “I look forward to building a work-together model for curatorial practice, where art, critical discourse, and its multiple publics are in constant dialogue with one another.”
The announcement of O’Neill’s appointment also noted an impending name-change and operational overhaul for Checkpoint Helsinki, which had been put on hold for a period in 2016 but relaunched this spring with the support of a three-year grant from the Kone Foundation in Finland. This fall, Checkpoint Helsinki will present “Uncanny Interdependence,” a project curated by Joanna Warsza that considers connections between Finnish independence and the October Revolution in Russia.