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Collage Photography Works

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RATSASTAJAPATSAS (EQUESTRIAN STATUE)
C-print, 2015, 32 x 45 cm
VALLANKAAPPAUS (COUP)
C-print, 2015, 45 x 40 cm
KEULAKUVA (FIGUREHEAD)
C-print, 2015, 45 x 52 cm
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Collage Photography Works

Greta, Gretchel, Gertrud, Gilbert, Gregor, Georg

Technique and year: C-print, 30 x 42 cm (each), 2013

 

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I was given some images as a gift from my aunt-in-law. She had found them from her house in Imatra, a town in eastern Finland, stored away with family albums. She had asked around but nobody knew who the people in the images were. It could only be concluded that they had been taken during or just before the second world war. The women in the images wear makeup and stylized hairdos, the men are in their army uniforms. I cut all the images in pieces and formed these collages out of them.

Supported by TAIKE Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Kone Foundation

    

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Collage Works

Unser Österreich

Collage on MDF, 1000 x 50 cm, 2012

Click on the thumbnail images to see the work

 

 

unser oesterreich in gallery woth viewersUnser Österreich installation view

 

About the work

Some years ago I found a book called Unser Österreich from a flea market in Berlin.  It was a German propaganda publication from 1938, a book that contained black and white pictures of a country that shortly thereafter became part of the Nazi empire.

I cut all the pictures out of the book and with collage technique turned them into a landscape. It was sort of an impossible puzzle to complete as the pieces didn’t match,  a slow manual process to fit the pieces together. The result is a 10-meter long collage that is seemingly cohesive, yet at the same time the artificial nature of the landscape is obvious. This creates the perception that the piece forms a cohesive picture one moment and a fragmented one the next. When looking at the work, you can notice your own desire to see something cohesive and on the other hand something imperfect.

This work was part of my solo exhibition Eheä Maailma aka Cohesive World exhibited together with the collage works Postcard from nowhere, Under the Alps, Aavan meren tuolla puolen and Uljas kaupunki.

 

unser osterreich bookOriginal book cover

 
Supported by Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse
    

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Aavan meren tuolla puolen (Tallinna – Pärnu)

Collage, 80 x 25 cm, 2012

aavan meren koko white dok pieni

aavan meren 02 for webAavan meren tuolla puolen (Tallinna – Pärnu), detail

 

About the work

This work was part of my solo exhibition Eheä Maailma aka Cohesive World exhibited together with the collage works Unser Österreich, Under the Alps, Postcard from nowhere and Uljas kaupunki. The material in these works is found from second hand stores and flea markets: they are landscape postcards, travel catalogue pictures and in this work family album photos from a holiday trip from Finland to Estonia. When I began creating these collages I was intrigued by the nature of such imagery and its linkage to our understanding of nations and nationality, of the national monuments, landscapes, costumes, institutions etc. The collage works created from these pictures form imaginary and artificial worlds that have a clear but twisted connection to our own real world.

 
Supported by Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse
    

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Postcard from nowhere (Napoli – Bergen)

Collage, 80 x 25 cm, 2012

 

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postikorttiversio bergen napoli 01 pienempiPostcard from nowhere (Napoli – Bergen), detail

 

About the work

This work was part of my solo exhibition Eheä Maailma aka Cohesive World exhibited together with the collage works Unser Österreich, Under the Alps, Aavan meren tuolla puolen and Uljas kaupunki. The material in these works is found from second hand stores and flea markets: they are landscape postcards, travel catalogue pictures and family album photos from a holiday trip. When I began creating these collages I was intrigued by the nature of such imagery and its linkage to our understanding of nations and nationality, of the national monuments, landscapes, costumes, institutions etc. The collage works created from these pictures form imaginary and artificial worlds that have a clear but twisted connection to our own real world.

 
Supported by Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse
    

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Collage Works

Uljas kaupunki (Uljanovsk)

Collage, 74 x 35 cm, 2012

 

uljanovsk koko teos white back dok pieni

About the work

This work was part of my solo exhibition Eheä Maailma aka Cohesive World exhibited together with the collage works Unser Österreich, Under the Alps, Postcard from nowhere and Aavan meren tuolla puolen. The material in these works is found from second hand stores and flea markets: they are landscape postcards, travel catalogue pictures and family album photos from a holiday trip. When I began creating these collages I was intrigued by the nature of such imagery and its linkage to our understanding of nations and nationality, of the national monuments, landscapes, costumes, institutions etc. The collage works created from these pictures form imaginary and artificial worlds that have a clear but twisted connection to our own real world.

 
Supported by Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse
    

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Under the Alps (Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Tirol)

 Collage, 115 x 20 cm, 2012

 

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  (click the thumbnail image to view the whole work)

 

Under the Alps (detail)

 

About the work

This work was part of my solo exhibition Eheä Maailma aka Cohesive World exhibited together with the collage works Unser Österreich, Postcard from nowhere, Aavan meren tuolla puolen and Uljas kaupunki. The material in these works is found from second hand stores and flea markets: they are landscape postcards, travel catalogue pictures and family album photos from a holiday trip. When I began creating these collages I was intrigued by the nature of such imagery and its linkage to our understanding of nations and nationality, of the national monuments, landscapes, costumes, institutions etc. The collage works created from these pictures form imaginary and artificial worlds that have a clear but twisted connection to our own real world.

 
Supported by Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse
    

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Collage Installation Photography Works

Untold

Collage series with found images and paper, dimensions vary, 2006

C-prints, 25 x 17 cm, 2016

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Untold no. 25 (Woman with mirror), C-print, 25 x 17 cm, 2016

About the work

Untold is a series of images where the people in the photograph have been cut out and replaced by a silhouette-like black paper. The images were purchased from a second hand market where the salesman told me that they were from an estate of one family. They were filed in a few envelopes nd from the notes and names written behind the images I could conclude that they indeed were images of family members in various situations, locations and family gatherings. However, none of the notes stated the family name. Looking at the photos I realised that some of them were from theatre or dance performances. It inspired me to look at the other images as staged performances alike. Once the people in the images were removed, the focus of the images was at the recognizable settings and poses on display.

All of the 107 images were first exhibited in my solo exhibition “Folie du Jour” in Galleria Huuto Viiskulma 2006.

In 2016 a series of c-prints have been produced from a selection of the images.

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Untold installation view, Galleria Huuto Viiskulma 2006

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Untold no.01 (Picnic), C-print, 17 x 25 cm, 2016

In the thumbnails: Untold no. 07 (Kids), no. 18 (Lovers), no. 19 (Girls), no. 27 (Woman by the fire), no. 28 (Friends), no. 56 (Baby and chair), no. 62 (Group by the barn), no. 72 (Woman at the doorstep), C-prints, 25 x 17 cm, 2016

In the thumbnails: Untold – all 107 images from the installation version