Meri Helmi Särkkä - Visual Artist

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Meri Helmi Särkkä directly translates to 'Sea pearl from a salt water island' It is another way to say 'Bahrain' in Finnish.

Formerly known as artist Mariam Haji, Meri Helmi is originally from Bahrain. She is a multi disciplinary fine artist who currently lives and works between Finland and Bahrain. She was most recently featured at Mänttä XXV Art Festival, while previously represented The Kingdom of Bahrain in the 55th Venice Biennale 2013. She was a winner of Bahrain’s 38th national Fine Art Competition, the youngest artist ever to receive this honorary award. Her work is also a permanent public display at the National Theater in Bahrain, part of the permanent collection of The National Museum of Bahrain. The People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Culture for their Arab artist’s repository has gathered other works by Mariam Haji.

Meri Helmi’s works involve observations of social practices and interactions between the ways in which European art history has had an effect on postmodern Arab Art. By tracing intersections between European classical paintings with early European feminist performance practices MH creates various re-enactments of classical art through an Arab lens and an autobiographical narrative. 

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Solo at Suomenlinna Cathedral (UNESCO world heritage site), Helsinki, Finland 


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The Sea is Calling, Luckan, Helsinki, Finland


2006 -2008

BA Fine Art (Drawing), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia


Visual Arts Diploma, TAFE, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia


Introductory Course in Art and Design, Dundee College, Dundee, Scotland

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