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Teo Ala-Ruona is a Helsinki-based performance and visual artist. His work focuses on queer speculative fictioning mainly in forms of performances and writing. Ala-Ruona discusses techno-trans-masculinity, sex, queer ecology and toxicity through re-defining language and narratives telling about pleasure and intimacy on a toxic Earth.

By often using his own body as a site for the various speculative stories to take place, he is experimenting on how through fiction he can transform himself, as well as the perspectives from which the audience looks at his body. He approaches the trans corporeality as an arena, where various normative processes of naturalization become infeasible, and address queer ecological topics from explicitly sexual perspective to revoke the heteronormative biases that influence the research done on biology and ecology, gender and sexuality.

In his work he is committed to generating more complex ways of understanding the intertwinement of environmental toxicities, trans bodies and queer sexuality as well as forming collectivity where there’s space for non-normative narratives and experiences. This manifests in practice both through him hosting workshops and creating fictional worlds with language – written, spoken or sung.

Ala-Ruona’s work has recently been shown in Baltic Circle -festival (Helsinki), Titanik-gallery (Turku), Mad House (Helsinki), Bangkok Biennial (Bangkok) and NAVEL, Gas-gallery and Human Resources (Los Angeles). Ala-Ruona has graduated from Master’s Programme in Art Education at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2016 and from Master’s Programme in Ecology and Contemporary Performance, at Helsinki Theatre Academy in 2018.

Ala-Ruona’s theatre and drama master’s thesis available as PDF  (in Finnish)

Ala-Ruona’s art education master’s thesis available as PDF  (in Finnish)