I’ve got my first exhibition in Estonia coming up! The group show Identiteed Olemus – Identity Matters will open at Aparaaditehas in Tartu next Friday. The other exhibiting artists are Vanessa Forstén, Fia Doepel, Hanna Råst and Salla Lahtinen. After Tartu the exhibition will move on to other locations in Estonia, so far Haapsalu and Saaremaa are confirmed. The exhibition is compiled by the Finnish Institute in Estonia.
I made some new work for the exhibition. Welcome!
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I will be showing ‘A Patchwork of Memories’ , a installation consisting of 36 cyanotypes that I did earlier this year during my residency at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo, at the exhibition ‘Pimiö – Darkroom’ at the Finnish Museum of Photography. The exhibition is about the original miracle of photography and showcases work by darkroom masters from the museum’s archives as well as contemporary artists working with analogue techniques. I’m very excited to be part of the show. The private view is on Wednesday 19.8 from 6-8 pm and the exhibition is open until 31.1.2016, so there’s plenty of time to see it. Welcome!
The other exhibition I have this week is the annual Summer Sales exhibition at photographic gallery Hippolyte. The theme of this years summer sale is ‘knowledge’ and I’m participating with one image from my graduate project from the RCA. The exhibition opens on Friday and is open until 31.7. The other participating artists are Petri Anttonen, Anni Henen, Heikki Humberg, Iina Esko, Martti Jämsä, Ben Kaila, Hannu Karjalainen, Hertta Kiiski, Laura Konttinen, Raakel Kuukka, Milja Laurila, Jaana Maijala, Ulla Paakunainen, Nina Vatanen, Virpi Velin & Eeva Wardi. More about the exhibition here.
After so many years away, I’m happy to show my work in Helsinki again. This week I have not one, but two, openings in my hometown. The first one is NEVERMIND THE M*SS in the new art space A Space. It’s a group exhibition with selected Finnish and international artists. The works presented at the show focuses on the mood and future of this new creative hub.
Building an interesting conversation between the selected works and mediums from young artists with different background, this exhibition celebrates zooming in and out on sometimes risqué amusement fused with everyday seriousness and moods, brought back into new light by the minds of these up and coming artists.
The exhibition is open until 5th June and the other participating artists are Emilia Kannosto, Hanna Perälä, Isabella Chydenius, Vanessa Forstén, Manuel Donada, Kobus la Grange & David Brits. The opening reception is on Thursday, from 7-9 pm at Albertinkatu 12. More about the event here. Hope to see you there!
The Norwegian cultural magazine Fanfare asked me – and a few other photographers – to submit one image from the place we live and another one from a place we’ve visited. I was still living in London when I submitted the work, so I sent them a pic from Holland Park and one from my trip to Istanbul last summer.
Here is a picture of my spread – this one is from the Japanese edition of the magazine. Normally Fanfare comes only in Norwegian, but since the them of the issue is international, the editors deceided to print it in English and Japanese too.
A lot of exciting things have happened these last few feeks. The traditional fundrasing sale RCA Secret opened last week in London and this week also for the first time in Dubai during Art Dubai. I have work in both events and the postcards go on sale today – if you are in London or Dubai, why not go and get yourself a postcard size artwork and support a good cause too? The artwork is a bargain at only £55 and it could be made by an international artist, a future talent or me! Don’t forget that you can only purchase the cards on location and that you have to register first to buy one.
Today is also the first day of Hello Future!, a talents archive by the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens. Recent graduates from art schools from around the world were asked to fill a sketch book and send it back to the centre. I did one where I documented my last 30 days in London and filled the book with contact sheets, exhibition tickets and everything else that inspired me. The event kick-starts today with a two day festival celebrating future talent.
Recently my book The Memory of My Wardrobe was positively reviewed in the latest issue of Norwegian photo magazine Fotografi and there was also a nice online feature of the book in Casa Vogue Brasil – for those of you speaking Portugese I do want to point out that there is a slight mistake in the text: my designer Sean Murphy is not the same Sean Murphy who is behind Batman!
Besides having my work featured in a Norwegian photo magazine I’ve also been getting some love from elswhere in Norway. The Norwegian cultural magazine Fanfare asked me to submit some work. Each issue of Fanfare is thematic and the latest one is the intenational issue. The editors decided to go super international and have published English and Japanese editions of the magazine too! My work is in a story where they asked six photographers around the world to submit one photograph from the place they live in and another one from a place they’ve visited. Picture coming soon.
I keep bumping into random photo people from everywhere in the world when I’m in Tokyo. The first time I visited the city I ended up having dinner with Magnum photographers and this time I met Marianne Müller and her lovely photo students from the Zürich University of the Arts and they invited me to collaborate with them on a project. The results of the project can be seen at Youkobo Art Space tonight, between 17-21. Welcome! KŌRYŪ 交流 is a new ongoing collaborative project between artists, photographers, architects and book designers from Zurich and Tokyo (and a couple of other places). The collaborating artists are: Anina Gantenbein, Asami Murakami, Chantal Kaufmann, Cho Ongo, Denis Twerenbold, Dominik Zietlow, Haruka Yoshino, Ida Taavitsainen, James Batten, Kyoko Suzuki, Madeleine Campbell, Masako Sethiwan, Marianne Müller, Melanie Matthieu, Mizuki Shibata, Nobuhiro Kobayashi, Sveta Bureki, Umi Eo, Valentina Minnig, Masayo Matsuda & Yuri Fujii.