Enni-Kukka Tuomala is a Finnish empathy artist and designer based in London. Her work aims to transform empathy from an individual feeling to a collective and radical power for social change through installations, environments, experiments, tools and games.
Having created empathy work in London, Tokyo, New York and Helsinki, Tuomala’s collaborative and research-based practice builds on understanding and investigating the delicate relationships between empathy, culture, space and systems. Her work aims to break taboos and challenge social, cultural and behavioural norms in order to remove barriers to difficult conversations and bridge the growing divides in our communities. She has worked with the Finnish Parliament since 2018 to bring empathy into politics, and has created commissions for the likes of the BBC, GLA, Bath University, LIFT, and Virgin. In 2019 she launched the Campaign for Empathy; a community-centered campaign to promote empathy through art, in Newham as a part of a residency at Bow Arts’ RAW Labs.
A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Tuomala is currently the Open House Artist in Residence 2020-21 at Kettle’s Yard.