Annamari Vänskä (Helsinki, 1970) is an academic researcher, professor and independent curator who investigates visual culture with special attention to homosexual culture and to gender feminist critique and theory. Nowadays she is studying mainstream pornography, art limitations, classical and contemporary pornography and sexual representation, with special attention to children sexual image in current commercials.
Annamari Vänskä has been invited at Nosadella.due for a residency period and at the end of it she selected two artists for the residency program Even identities, visual art section at Bologna Gender Bender Festival 2008: Jukka Korkelia and Heidi Lunabba.
In 2006 Annamari Vänskä ended her Ph.D. in History of Art and Gender Studies at Helsinki University; the following year she attended a Workshop in Supervision of Feminist Ph.D. dissertations, organized by Christina Institute for Women’s Studies, where she teaches History of Art, Feminist Art Critique, Visual Studies, Feminist and Homosexual Theory. She also writes for art magazines such as «Trade» and «Framework» and for general culture press such as «Debatti, Journal of Social Democrat Students» and «Presso», weekly supplement of the newspaper «Kauppalehti».
As an independent curator she works for Culture Gallery, an internet gallery for Finnish creatives, run by Ministry of Foreign Affair. In 2003 she curated the first Helsinki Kunsthalle Young Artists' Biennal and in 2007 the section media-art of Rainbow-Finland. On the history of sexual minorities in Finland exhibition, at City Art Museum in Vantaa. In 2007 she has been selected for the first curator program organized by FRAME – Finnish Found for Art Exchange. Since 2005 she is a research member of The Porno Academy, founded by the Academy of Finland.