Orlan Ohtonen (b. 1978) is a curator and writer based in Helsinki, Finland. Together with their sister-in-arms Selina Väliheikki they form nynnyt, a feminist curatorial duo, who are currently focused on a research project called What Can Feminism Do?, aiming to smash art world patriarchy for good. In addition to this, Ohtonen is actively thinking about queer gendered identities and autobiographical feminism, occasionally also writing about them. They have previously written for the Finnish art magazine Taide as well as for several galleries, artists and online publications; and worked for Finnish art organisations such as Frame Contemporary Art Finland and Aalto University. They share their life with two small humans and one seal impersonating dog.
Ohtonen has graduated from Aalto University in Helsinki with an MA in Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (2015); and from Central Saint Martins in London with an MA in Fine Art (2006).
If change is a rock / / Jos muutos on kivi, self-published essay & zine about gender, feminism and art, 2018
Getting over metadata: Connection, presence and dialogue in Alone Together by LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner at Ars 17 – Hello World!, Frame Finland, 2017
Avoinna hyville viboille – Good Vibrations, SIC, Mustekala, 5/2017
Finnish Landscape – a reader by Checkpoint Helsinki, interviews with artists Ahmed Al-Nawas, Ilya Orlov, Kader Attia and Minna Henriksson and curator Clémentine Deliss, 2016
Play of pronouns, Unknown Cargo, 2016
Raitiovaunun ohikiitävä yhteisö, Taide 2/2016
Kuuntelemisen jalo taito, Taide 5/2015