“I rather not name categories or genres or even techniques I am interested in. In addition to the visual appearance, the content and the ideas of the work are always what really counts.”
Arja Miller’s main interests are photography, installations, video and sound art as well as various emerging forms of visual culture of our times. She has written and published extensively on contemporary art.
Before taking up her current position at EMMA, she was Chief Curator of Collections at Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland from 2008 to 2017.
Arja’s curatorial work includes numerous solo and group exhibitions from both Finnish and international artists, including solo shows by Elmgreen & Dragset, Tatsuo Miyajima and Alicja Kwade at EMMA. At Kiasma, she curated solo shows by Choi Jeong Hwa, Pipilotti Rist, Olav Christopher Jensen, Adel Abidin and Jani Leinonen’s School of Disobedience, among others. Arja has also curated numerous thematic exhibitions from Kiasma’s collections and co-curated two major international group shows, ARS11 and ARS17 at Kiasma, the first focusing on Africa through contemporary art (2011), while the latter discussed artists’ responses to digital revolution (2017).
Arja has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Helsinki (1997) and a qualification in Business management in the museum context (2012-2014).
Finally, she has acted in several juries and art committees, for example in the board of the Foundation for the Finnish Museum of Photography (2012-2019) and in the Curatorial Advisory Committee of the Moving Image Art Fair in New York (2016).