Anna Niskanenb.1990, Helsinki
Visual artist living and working in HelsinkiPhotography, printmaking & bookbinding
My recent body of work is a lens-based investigation of scenery and natural phenomena. Hover, float (2017) is an interpretation of tidal waves; it’s a depiction of water, the Moon, and these magnetic pushes and pulls. This year I started working on an ensemble called Sneaker which was originally shot in Iceland during a residency. A common belief in the local folklore is that “hidden people” (Huldufólk) live in the rock formations. The works are based on photographs I took of the “new land” during my travels around the island. Currently I am working on Tower Over, a series based on photos I took in Australia earlier this year. I am addressing the continent as old land, the tectonic plate that diverged from Pangea.
My working process comments on the definition of a photograph. The works are distorted landscapes that have been printed on paper and fabric using traditional printmaking techniques. They are montaged from digital photographs, printed as digital negatives on film and finally finished by hand to make prints exposed in ultra-violet light.
May 2019: Íslensk Grafík, Reykjavik, IS
September 2019: Galleria Huuto, Helsinki, FI
2017 Master of Arts (Photography)2014 Bachelor of Arts (Photography)Aalto University ARTS, Helsinki FI
Exchange Programs atEmily Carr University, Vancouver, CASchool of Visual Arts, New York, USA
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 Tower Over: Galleria Uusi Kipinä, Lahti, FI2018 Sneaker: Valokuvakeskus Nykyaika, Tampere, FI2018 Tower Over: Mikkelin Valokuvakeskus, Mikkeli FI2017 Hover, float: Photographic Centre Peri, Turku FI2017 Lustrum: Kosminen, Helsinki, FI
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 Novosibirsk Graphic Art Triennial, Novosibirsk, RU2018 Eitt Andartak: Gallerí Fold, Reykjavík, IS2018 Spring Signs Chill 30%: SÍM Gallery, Reykjavík, IS2018 Flock and Fold: SÍM Gallery, Reykjavik, IS2017 100 Finnish Photographers: Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä, FI2017 Circuit: Merikortteli, Helsinki FI2017 Golden Age of Chaos and Clusterfuck: Myymälä2, FI2016 Kosminen rakkaus: Kosminen, Helsinki, FI2016 ERROR: Jukka Male Museum, Helsinki, FI2016 Hover, Float: Sushibar, Helsinki, FI2015 Fotobokfestival Oslo Fotogalleriet, Oslo, NO2015 Nordic Comic Festival, Oulu, FI2015 Nordic DA Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, DK2015 PHOTOBOOK WEEK AARHUS Galleri Image, Aarhus, DK2015 Fotobok GBG 15 Gothenburg, SE2015 22 10: Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, CA2015 Bloom: Lokal, Helsinki, FI2015 SOVA: Maa-tila, Helsinki, FI2015 DEADLINE: Jukka Male Museo, Helsinki, FI2014 Bloom: Lokal, Helsinki, FI
2019 SÌM, Reykjavik, Iceland2018 SÌM, Reykjavik, Iceland2017 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
The Photographic Artists’ Association (board member 2017-)Kosminen-artspace (founding member 2016-)
2018 Kone Foundation (Kosminen)2018 Arts Promotion Center Finland (residency costs)2018 Frame (travel grant)2018 Arts Promotion Center Finland (working grant)2018 Arts Promotion Center Finland (exhibition costs)2018 Arts Promotion Center Finland (Kosminen)2017 Arts Promotion Center Finland (residency costs)2017 Aalto University2017 Finnish Cultural Foundation2017 Photographic Centre Peri2017 Finnish Cultural Foundation (Kosminen)
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