Department of Art

Cluster for Critical Artistic Research (CCARe)

Cluster for Critical Artistic Research (CCARe), established in 2019 as a research group within the Department of Art at Aalto University, Finland, is a network and platform of/for artistic researchers looking at issues of: critical artistic research, feminist and queer studies, intersectionality, postcolonial and decolonial studies, posthumanism, new materialism, practice and collaboration, and experience driven knowledge. The group brings together a community of doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty members at the university.
Image show the black and white logo of CCARe (cluster for critical artistic research)

The primary objectives for the CCARe research group is to cultivate and showcase ongoing and new critical artistic research thinking through activities such as exhibitions, residencies, conferences, public talks, exchange programs/fellowships, and community based initiatives, in order to complicate existing conversations within the field as well as open it up to the new discourses.

To initiate new partnerships with other institutions and cultural bodies working with critical artistic research creating support networks and open collaborative spaces to challenge existing methodological frameworks of critical and artistic knowledge production.

To expand and disseminate ideas related to critical theory and social justice in order to widen the scope of artistic and research projects through courses, workshops, and publications with the intention of opening up new spaces for such dialogues and discourses.

For more information please visit the CCARe website at

CCARe Researchers: Freja Bäckman, Rebecca Close, Marie-Andrée Godin, Jon Irigoyen, Dr. Mira Kallio-Tavin, Ali Akbar Mehta, Dr. Julia Valle Noronha, Marina Valle Noronha, Tiago Martins Pinto, Abdullah Qureshi, Sepideh Rahaa, and Dr. Timothy Smith.

Group Faculty Leader:

Professor Mira Kallio-Tavin

Mira Kallio-Tavin

Associate Professor of Art-based Research and Pedagogy

Department of Art
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