BIO
Kristoffer Ala-Ketola has anchored his visual art practice in the dark milieu of uncertain forms of existence. Interest in the formation of identities melts into the genre of portraiture and gives way to a stew of new and unknown characters, and Ala-Ketola marks these personas with the grotesque, camp, queerness, and absurdist humor to fixate on the liminal edges between the fantastical and human. 

Kristoffer Ala-Ketola is a multidisciplinary artist from Oulu, Finland who graduated from Yale School of Art with a Master of Fine Arts in 2019. His works have been previously exhibited in 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago, Shin Gallery in New York, and Kunsthalle Helsinki, and he has also participated in video screenings at the Helsinki International Film Festival and Video Art Festival Turku. Ala-Ketola’s work engages in recurring themes of human emotion, crisis, and dreaming.
CV
Kristoffer Ala-Ketola
b. Oulu, Finland, 1991
email: kristofferalaketola at gmail.com
Selected Exhibitions
2022
TBA, Turku Kunsthalle, Turku, FI
Infatuation with the Never Ending Past, Solstice Festival, Ruka Kuusamo, FI
Impulses Pass Darkly, AX-Hotel, Helsinki, FI
Infantasy, Forum box Mediabox, Helsinki, FI
Dreams & Delusions, 4th Ward Project Space, Chicago, IL, US
2021
The Mud Held Me In..., Light-harvesting Complex, Online exhibition
2019
Too Full To Cry, Shin Gallery, New York City, NY, US
MFA Sculpture Thesis Show, Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT, US
2018
Portrait of the Finnish President, Ateneum, Helsinki FI
VAFT, Video Art Festival Turku, Turku, FI
Love & Anarchy, Helsinki International Film Festival, Helsinki, FI 
2nd year MFA Show, Yale Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT, US
Kun katsoit minuun, Magyar Kulturális és Tudomán…, Helsinki, FI
2017
1st Year MFA Show, Yale Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT, US 
Finland 100 - Critical Map, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, FI 
Opening Ceremony for the University of the Arts, Helsinki, FI 
Närmare Borta, Kungliga kunsthögskolan, Stockholm, SE 
We’ve been having these weird…, Space for Free Arts, Helsinki, FI 
Budapest, Taskugalleria, Helsinki, FI 
Selected Parts of My Diary, Fondia, Helsinki, FI 
2016
BFA show, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, FI 
Bots, Bodies, Beasts, Vlaams Cultuurhuis, Amsterdam, NL 
Techniques of Delusion, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, FI 
Friendship screening, Battell House, Norfolk CT, US 
I miss you forever and ever Norway xoxo, Blip blip blip, Leeds, UK 
2015
Kristoffer Ala-Ketola TBH, Asematila, Helsinki, FI 
Pocket Gallery, Pocket Gallery, Reykjavík, IS 
Young Artists 2015, Kunsthalle, Helsinki, FI 
After Nature, Nordic Artists’ Center Dale, Dale i Sunnfjord, NO 
⌷⌷ ⌷⌷⌷ ⌷⌷ ⌷⌷⌷⌷, Normcritical Gallery, Helsinki, FI 
Friendship, Space for Free Arts, Helsinki, FI 
Sorbus video week, Sorbus Gallery, Helsinki, FI 
Video Works
https://vimeo.com/user24622390
Studies and Residencies
MFA 2019
Yale University – School of Art
New Haven, CT, US
BFA 2016
Taideyliopiston Kuvataideakatemia
Helsinki, FI
Study Exchange 2016
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Amsterdam, NL
Summer Residency 2016
Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art
Norfolk, CT, USA
Residency 2016
EEA European Exchange Academy
Dale i Sunnfjord, NO
Grants and Scholarships
Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) Project Grant 2022
Paulo Foundation Grant 2022
Alfred Kordelin Foundation Grant 2021
Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) Grant 2021
Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) Grant 2020
Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) Grant 2020
Yale Teaching Fellowship 2018 
Yale School of Art Scholarship 2018
Nanny Lilius Stipend 2017
Yale School of Art Scholarship 2017
Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship 2016
Academy of Fine Arts Grant 2016
Academy of Fine Arts Grant 2015
Works in Collections
Harvard University
Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
University of the Arts Helsinki
Arts Association Finland
Private Collections  (FI, USA)
Selected Work Experience
2020-2021
Freelance Photographer

2020
Preparator
MoMA PS1

2019-2020
Art Handler
Gladstone Gallery

2019-2020
Freelance Preparator
Petzel Gallery

2020
Freelance Preparator
Austrian Cultural Forum in New York

2018-2019
Office Support
Yale University – School of Art – Sculpture Department

2019
Teaching Assistant
Yale University – School of Art
Introductory Film Writing and Directing

2018
Teaching Fellowship
Yale University – Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Design

2018
Digital Technology Studio Assistant
Yale University – School of Art – Sculpture Department

2016
Artist Collaboration in an EU-Pilot
MEDAIA Media innovation platforms (TAMK, Metropolia)

2014
Founding Member and Curator
Club Guggenheim Helsinki

2012-2013
Office help in Public Programmes
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kultu-group

2011
Founding Member
Kulttuuribingo Gallery and Event Space