The conflicting situations that are the starting point of my work are communicated using different media, mainly photographs, videos and objects. I use these elements so as to create discrete levels or planes behind or in front of the pictorial surface. The aim is to infuse the image with depth, liveliness and three-dimensionality so as to make it seem more real both to me and its eventual viewers; another aim is that it would enable me to share the original conflicting situations with the viewer. My term for the final works installed in a gallery or some other venue is ‘situation sculpture’.

Practical Masochism, Exhibition Laboratory Helsinki, curated by Marliis Rebane and Iona Roisin, Feb-March 2017

Practical Masochism

in The Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki.

Practical Masochism 17.2.–12.3.2017

Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36


Welcome to the opening on Thursday, February 16 at 5–7pm


It can be said that there is something intrinsically masochistic about art making. But what about works that take this further, works that deal with things too close, too private, too sticky? Practical Masochism is not a show about ‘pain work’ as such; instead of just flirting with the iconography of masochism, it approaches the topic from a more emotional perspective and asks what the possibilities and limitations of a masochistic mode of working are. What are the risks?


Including work by: Elisa Aaltonen, Aino Aksenja, Artor Jesus Inkerö, Okku Nuutilainen, Marjatta Oja, Jaana Ristola, Iona Roisin


Curated by Mariliis Rebane and Iona Roisin


Feel free to join us for an open critique / discussion from 11am on March 8th at Exhibition Laboratory