Bubbly carnevalism, creative confusion and shared moments!

Kuva: Ari Vilén

Pineapple Paradise is the home & studio of the multidisciplinary artist Suvi Aarnio aka Kiki Hawaiji. It is located in an old village shop nearby Turku, Finland.

In addition, Pineapple Paradise is the clubroom of the Kabaree Kookos, the Turku office of the Suomen Burleskinstituutti, the writing chamber of Paljettipommi zine, the workspace of the Pisto-la! embroidery activities, the office of Turku Burlesque and sometimes an aerial hoop reharsal space.

Suvi Aarnio

”I’m a multidisciplinary artist, a grassroot powerhouse and a self-proclaimed expert in failure. I live and work in an old village shop called Pineapple Paradise nearby Turku, Finland together with my family.

I’m thrilled to bits about intelligent scandals, being cleverly cheated, girlish humor and the expertise by experience. Whereas elitism, labelling, middle-aged patriarchy, bad manners and unquestionable norms make my blood boil. With my work, I aim at amusing myself, entertaining the others and creating space for the collective, cathartic and carnivalesque involvement. And in doing so, I often employ unorthodox artistic methods such as embroidery, burlesque and social engagement.

Since graduating in 2001 (Tampere Polytechnic / School of Art and Media / Public Art), I’ve worked from public to private sector as an artist, curator and coordinator. My past employers and clients include e.g. the Arts Promotion Centre Finland / Taike (2015-18), the Dance Centre of Western Finland (2012-13), the City of Turku / Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture (2009-12), Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum (2005-08), and Raumars Artist in Residence Program (2002-05). In addition to Finland, her works have been presented in Ireland, Sweden, UK, Germany, Croatia and the United States. More about my professional work can be found from www.suvisolkio.fi”

Kiki Hawaiji

”In 2006 I created Kiki Hawaiji, a burlesque persona which has grown and developed simultaneously with the Finnish burlesque scene. In addition to performing, Kiki is the creative director and producer of Turku Burlesque, ½ of the masterminds behind Kabaree Kookos -club, the headmistress of the Finnish institute of burlesque Burleskinstituutti and the editor in chief of the burly zine Paljettipommi.

Over the past decade Kiki has been seen for example at the Vinokino queer film festival in Turku, Love & Anarchy festival in Helsinki, Art Fair Suomi, Sleaze in London, Lainsuojattomat festival in Pori, Feministid tulevad kell kolm -feminar in Tallinn, Sexhibition, contemporary art museum Kiasma, Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Turku City Theatre, Stockholm Pride, Rokumentti festival in Joensuu and in gallery Titanik, Turku.

Her production history includes Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art-School cabaret drawing clubs (Helsinki & Turku, 2007-2010), Helsinki Burlesque Festival (2008-10), Burn Inn burlesque motel (Turku City Theatre, 2010), Kokonut Kult (Helsinki, 2011), Turku Burlesque Weekend (2012-15) ja Kabaree Kookos (TEHDAS Theatre, Turku 2017-).”