Marja Viitahuhta (formerly Mikkonen) is visual artist and filmmaker working with film, performance, installation, photography and collage. She holds a BA -degree from performance art from the Turku Polytechnic Arts Academy and an MFA –degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Her work has been shown worldwide in more than 30 festivals and she has won the following prizes: Shared silver prize Cinéfondation Cannes Film Festival 2004, Team Work Award Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2004, Best Experimental Film Mediawave 2004 and Audience Award L’Alternativa 2004.
The reoccurring themes in Viitahuhta’s work have been the perception and experience of female protagonists, the deconstruction of entities assumed to be cohesive, such as individual identities, memories or the idealized imagery of nations and landscapes. Her work often speaks in an intimate and personal tone and deals with the issues of existence and mortality, with a touch of experimental language, where text and imagery work in a dialogue with each other. She also often uses methods of documentary filmmaking, archive material and found images as well as interviews as the base of her work.
Viitahuhta has been a member of the performance group Toisissa Tiloissa aka Other Spaces and performed with her collegues Inka Yli-Tepsa, Azar Saiyar and Jaana Pirskanen. She has also worked as a fellow teacher and given workshops in working with video, self-portraiture, collage and performance to both children and adult students. She has been a member of the running board of the artist-run Galleria Huuto since 2009 organizing and curating several group shows and collaborational projects.
Viitahuhta works and lives in Helsinki and is a mother of two small children.