Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Lighting designer Minna Tiikkainen, born 1969 in Helsinki, Finland, started her experiments with light while studying fine arts. Her fascination with the immaterial quality of it led her to enrol in the Theater Academy of Finland, from where she graduated with an MA in lighting design. Since moving to Amsterdam in early 2000, she has been working mostly within the field of performing arts and contemporary dance both in The Netherlands and abroad. She has also created several set designs as well as lighting designs for exhibitions. Her work is described as strong in its simple minimal approach and is especially appreciated for its significance for the totality of the performance. She received “SÄDE AWARD for best lighting design in 2012” from the Finnish Association of Lighting Designers for her work on GRIND.