Marita Liulia

Multimedia Artist

Marita Liulia is an awarded multidisciplinary contemporary artist whose art works have been exhibited in 50 countries. Her art works include paintings, photography, short films, stage performances, pioneering interactive media productions and books. Liulia studied literature and political history at the University of Helsinki (BA, 1986) and visual arts at the Aalto University in Helsinki. Her artistic career began in the theatre and, during the 1980s, she experimented with various visual art forms but also worked as a journalist and photographer based in Cairo and Bangkok. Today Liulia  is based in Helsinki, Finland and has her own production company Medeia (est. 1997).

The highlights of Liulia’s career include solo exhibitions in Kiasma, Finnish National Gallery, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Didrichsen Art Museum (Helsinki), Spiral and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), Conde Duque (Madrid), National Museum (Bangkok) and Abbaye de Neumünster (Luxembourg). Golden Age exhibition at Serlachius Museum included a hundred of Liulia’s art works and two books. Liulia has also contributed in approx. 300 performances, including venues such as Venice Biennale, Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), The Joyce Theater (New York), J.F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (Washington) and the Finnish National Opera.

Liulia is the multimedia artist behind Tero Saarinen’s iconic solo HUNT, performing the work with Saarinen a total of 174 times around the world from 2002 to 2013. In spring 2022 HUNT will re-premiere with two new dancers. For the past 20 years Liulia has in many ways established herself as a key figure in Tero Saarinen Company’s activities, working both in the Company’s Advisory Board and as Vice President in the board of Passion in Motion Registered Association.

Liulia’s has received many awards for her achievements as an artist, including Prix Ars Electronica (Austria 1996), Prix Möbius International (France 1996, 1999), Finland Prize, Finnish Cultural Fund Prize, Erik Enroth Prize, and the Stina Krook Foundation Prize. She has also received a five-year grant from the Finnish State three times and the Pro Finlandia medal in 2018.

Liulias has lectured in universities in 20 countries, and was the first to be  invited to work as Artist in Residence at the Aalto University, directing Return of the Goddess (short film 2012) and Swan Song (dance performance 2014, short film 2014). At the moment Liulia prepares new works for exhibitions in Japan.

“--- a stupefying solo, in which music, dance and video images merged together in one sublime whole.“

-, 2008 (France/USA) / HUNT

“The streaks of light projected by Marita Liulia are refined and imaginative.“

- Ballet2000, 2002 (France) / HUNT

“Completing this Finnish dream team is multimedia artist Marita Liulia, whose contribution to Saarinen's famous solo HUNT is simply breathtaking.”

The Globe and Mail, 2006 (Canada) / HUNT