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Kati Heljakka (b. 1975) is a Pori-based toy researcher, play scholar and toying artists specialized in the study of material and creative play. She works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Turku. Heljakka got her doctorate in visual culture in 2013 from Aalto University and has participated in art exhibitions since 2007, when she was a student. Heljakka’s works have been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions around Finland, in Portugal, New York and San Francisco. In her art Heljakka explores, through photographs, installations and participatory works the storytelling, materiality and digitally social aspects of the toy medium. Besides the emerging toyification tendencies of contemporary culture, she is also interested in imaginatively inviting spaces, sceneries and playful atmospheres.