Terike Haapoja is a visual artist based in New York. Her interdisciplinary and research oriented practice includes installations, videos, writings and collaborative projects that explore our relationship with the more-than-human world, mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion, and the possibility of ethical interspecies coexistence. Questions that drive her practice include: what evokes a sense of ethical responsibility in us? How are beings rendered into things that anything can be done to? What are the mechanisms through which racial animal capitalism exploits beings, and what paths do we have for liberation? Her work is based on a notion of art as a holistic practice and an ethical engagement with the world, and grows out of thinking together with other people, beings and things, most important of these being her long time collaboration with author Laura Gustafsson under the name Gustafsson&Haapoja.
Haapoja represented Finland in the 55th Venice Biennale with a solo show in the Nordic Pavilion. Her work has been awarded with the ANTI prize for Live Art (2016) and the Dukaatti prize (2008). Gustafsson&Haapoja received the Finnish State media art award in (2016) and the Kiila prize (2013). Haapoja’s and Gustafsson&Haapoja's work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows internationally, including the Taipei Biennale, the Momentum Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art in China, Chronus Art Center Shanghai, ISCP New York, House of Electronic Arts Basel and ZKM, Germany. Terike Haapoja is an adjunct professor at NYU and Parsons Fine Arts, New York.