(formerly Marja Mikkonen)
Marja Viitahuhta is a visual artist and filmmaker originating from the north of Finland, settled in Helsinki. Her works range from films, performances and installations to photography and collage. She holds a BA degree in performance art from the Turku Polytechnic Arts Academy and an MFA degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. She has been awarded internationally at Cannes (Cinéfondation), Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Mediawave and L’Alternativa film festivals. Her works have been screened and exhibited world-widely at film festivals, galleries and museums, including the Cannes Film Festival, MoMA and Kiasma Contemporary Museum of Art.
Viitahuhta’s moving image works have dealt with perception and experience of female protagonists, temporality and existence as well as overcoming trauma. Her works have dealt with storytelling in relation to personal memories as well as stories about nations or landscapes. Utilization of archive material, found imagery, autofictional storytelling as well as interviews are common. The text and imagery are set in a dialogue.
Alongside working as an artist she has worked as an art teacher and lecturer. Currently she also works as a part-time audio book reader. She has also been an active member of the running board of the artist-run Galleria Huuto since 2009 and organized and curated several group shows. For several years she has collaborated with sami musician Ánnámáret.