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Mika Hannula (Born 1967) is a writer, curator, teacher and art critic. He was a professor for artistic research at the faculty if fine, applied and performing art at the university of Gothenburg, Sweden 2005-2012. Through the years 2000-2005 he was the director of the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland, also acting then as the chairman of KUNO, Nordic network of Art Academies. Hannula lives and works in Berlin.
Mika holds a PhD in Political Science and is the author of numerous articles and of several books on contemporary art. He was the curator for the Estonian Pavilion at Venice Biennial 2007 and curated the show Situated Self with Branko Dimitrijevic in Belgrade and in Helsinki the year 2005. He also curated the show on artistic research called Talkin Loud and Saying Something – Four Perspectives into Artistic Research in Gothenburg in 2008. In 2012 he curatoed, again with Branko Dimitrijevic, the 53rd October Salon in Belgrade called Good Life.
Books include: Artistic Research Methodology, Narrative, Power, and the Public, with Juha Suoranta and Tere Vadén, Critical Qualitative Research series, Peter Lang 2014, Läsnäolo – Taide arjessa, (Being-in-the-World – Art and the Everyday) Taide kustannus 2012, Politics, Identity and Public Space – Critical Reflections In and Through the Practices of Contemporary Art, Utrecht School of Art, Expodium 2009, Tell It Like It Is – Contemporary Photography and the Lure of the Real, University of Gothenburg (2011) Politics, Identity and Public space, Expothesis (2009), The Politics of Small Gestures, art-ist, Istanbul (2006), and Rock the Boat - Localized Ethics, the Situated Self, and Particularism in Contemporary Art (2003, with Tere Vadén).