(b. 1973 in Finland) Lives and works in Mäntyharju, Finland and Weimar, Germany.
Tea Mäkipää is internationally widely recognized as one of the younger generation of contemporary artists, who are focused specifically on the ecological urgencies of our time. Her sculptural installations, videos and photographs communicate a deep concern about man’s coexistence with other species. Her artistic practice address a set of interwoven issues such as global consumer culture that is on a crash-course with our own future, the widening gap between the rich and the poor, and the rapid decrease in biodiversity. Mäkipää captures this complexity of environmental and social questions in poetic works that often weave together a deep sense of empathy as well as sorrow with humour that makes them accessible while retaining the power of ?their message.? ?Mäkipää is known for works that lay bare the contradictory values, desires and structures that support the contemporary technologically advanced yet destructive, or even suicidal, way of life: a house floats half-submerged in water while life continues inside (Atlantis), another household has lost its walls revealing the monstrous web of pipes and cables etc that sustain our mundane existence (1:1), and a car has become a trap in Motocalypse Now while a ship full of people in search of diminishing basic resources gesture towards a truly apocalyptic, yet updated, vision of the future in Eden II. But Mäkipää also gives us hope, or at least another chance at dialogue with the natural world we inhabit, for example by allowing for conversations with farm animals in the middle of urban public space.
Tea Mäkipää has exhibited widely, e.g. in the Biennales of Athens (2009), SCAPE (Christchurch 2008), Sharjah (2007) and the Expo (Nagoya 2005). She has had solo exhibitions in e.g. CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga (2010), Kunstverein Langenhagen (Hannover 2007), Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin 2006), Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart 2004), Wapping Project (London 2003), Kiasma (Helsinki 2000). Group exhibition include among others: Kunstmuzeum Lutzern (2010), Tensta Konsthall (Stockholm 2010), Kunsthallen Nikolaj (Copenhagen 2009), Ludwig Museum (Budapest 2009), Kumu Art Museum (Tallinn 2009), Berlinische Galerie (2007), MoMA PS1 (NY 2008), Kunstmuseum Bonn (2006), Spiral Center (Tokyo 2005), Museum Moderner Kunst (Vienna 2004). She has realized permament and long-term projects, for example in Indianapolis Museum of Art (2010) and Laumaier sculpture Park (St. Louis 2011).