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’.

 

Marjatta Oja: Biography

b. 1962 in Forssa
lives and works in Helsinki

Membership of Association of Finnish Sculptors 1991/1998

Education:

  • 2004-11 The Academy of Fine Arts, Doctor of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1995-98 The Academy of Fine Arts, Vasari-art theory program, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1994-98 The Academy of Fine Arts, The Master of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1988-89 Accademia di Belle Arte, Milano, Italy
  • 1986-91 The Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1985-86 The Free Art School, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1981-82 KVS institute, Orivesi, Finland

Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2017 Patterns, Galleri ErikAxlSund, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2015 Memory Cell, Saariaho Järvenpää Gallery, Helsinki
  • 2014 A Crack in the Wallpaper, Performance Center Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2012 Radiating Image, Gallerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin, Germany
  • 2011 Gallery Kaiku, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2009-10 Overlapping Images and Returning Situations, Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2007 Slides&Objects, Studiogalleria, Punavuoridesign, Helsinki
  • 2007 Galleri Ebbesen, with Asko Keränen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2004 Studio Mezzo, Co-operation with Pekka Sillmann, Helsinki
  • 2004 Kluuvi gallery, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2004 Gallery Artina, project room, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2004 Studio Mezzo, Co-op with Pekka Sillman, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2002 Gallery Artina, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2002 Exhibiton place of Lasipalatsi, 5pm-5am Window, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2001 Gallery Kari Kenetti downstairs, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2000 Gallery Sculptor, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1999 Gallery Leena Kuumola, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1998 Studio Mezzo, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1997 Galerie Artek, Helsinki, Finland *
  • 1995 Gallery Just, Gallery of the Turku Artists’ Association, Turku, Finland
  • 1994 Test exhibition for a outcoming Japanese tour, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland
  • 1993 Gallery Sculptor, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1992 Gallery of the Jyväskylä Artists’ Association, Jyväskylä, Finland
  • 1991 Gallery Pieni Agora, Helsinki, Finland

Group Exhibitions:

  • 2017
  • Practical Masochism, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki
  • 2016
  • Docpoint-filmfestival, Helsinki
  • 2015
  • Planet Suvilahti, Mad House, Helsinki
  • Aurinkogeneraattori/Solargenerator, Gallery Jangva, Helsinki
  • Aave-festival, Helsinki
  • 2014
  • Media Art Up, Cablefactory, Helsinki
  • Explorations & Relations-Video arte y performance finlandes en Naranjo, Espacio Naranjo, Madrid, Spain
  • 2013
  • Play-media art exh. in metrost.of Kamppi, org. by City Art Museum of Helsinki
  • Vilkettä ja tajunnanvirtaa -the recent history of the electronic art, Kerava Art Museum, Finland
  • Aurinkogeneraattori/Solargenerator, Staffas Porvoo, Finland 
  • 2012
  • Trash Hotel, Gallery Lokal, Helsinki
  • Loose Candy– a series featuring musical media art, Nykytaiteen museo Kiasma, Helsinki
  • Polaroid, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
  • 2011
  • Av-arkki presents the culture tram, Helsinki, Finland
  • École des Beaux Arts, Brest, France
  • 2010
  • Festival of Experimental Art, Manccsi, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Huvin vuoks – Kuvataidetta valkokankaalla, Orion Cinema, Helsinki, Finland
  • AAVE festival, Malmitalo, Helsinki, Finland
  • Aguéli Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2009
  • OUWEE, Mokoma, Hornstull Strand, Stockholm, Sweden
  • AV-arkki 20th anniversary, VIEW09, You&Me+Oliver, the Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2008-09
  • Kuvan jälkeen kokoelmat/Image and After, Kiasma museum of contemporary art, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2008
  • Humans & Elektrons Svetozor Cinema, Praha, Czech Republic
  • Night on Earth project:
  • ACUD, Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany
  • MOCA, Shanghai, China
  • 2007
  • Sähkömetsä II, Orion, Helsinki
  • Short Filmfestival, Google Earth, Oberhausen, Germany
  • Spacex, Exeter, Great Britain
  • Antimatter Underground Filmfestival, Victoria BC, Canada
  • 2006
  • INTIMATE, Mänttä Artfestival, Mänttä, Finland
  • 2003-04
  • NIGHT TRAIN, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2002
  • KESÄHILLOO, Lasipalatsi, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2000
  • PÖYTÄ ON KATETTU, Artmuseum of Salo, Finland
  • 1999
  • PUHEENVUOROJA, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
  • ALKUMERI, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland
  • 1998
  • (NO)VACANCIES, Myyrmäkitalo, Vantaa, Finland*
  • SCOPE, Artists Space, New York, USA
  • 1997
  • REMOTE CONNECTIONS touring exhibition*:
  • Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
  • Art Focus, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Wäinö Aaltonen Artmuseum, Turku, Finland
  • Nikolai Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • OWN SPACES, exhibition with Nina Björkman, Muu ry, Helsinki, Finland*
  • 1996
  • BREAKING EYE, MuuMediaFestival:
  • Nordic Artcenter, Helsinki,Finland
  • Färgfabrik, Stockholm, Sverige*
  • NAINEN TAITEILIJANA - KUVATAITEEN RAJAT MURTUVAT:
  • Lönnström Artmuseum, Rauma, Finland*
  • CONTAINER 96, Copenhagen, Denmark*
  • Balkong Gallery, Oslo, Norway
  • DIALOGUES, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland*
  • 1995
  • TEKENINGEN & TEKENINGEN, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, Holland
  • ANALOGOS, Stockholm Art Fair, Sverige
  • (NO)VACANCIES, finish-dutch exhibition, Arti et Amicitae, Holland
  • LUX SONOR, Helsinki film co-op‘s exhibition, Arthall, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1994-95
  • FOCUS ON FINNISH ART 1880-1990 NORDIC LIGHT, WIND AND WATER*:
  • Tokoy, Takaoka, Nagano, Fukuyama, Osaka, Japan
  • Artmuseum of Turku, Finland
  • 1994
  • APPLIQUE, Finnish Art triennal I:
  • Helsinki Art Hall, Helsinki, Finland
  • States historical museum of St.Petersburg, Russia*
  • ART BY AIRFREIGHT, Sao Paolo, Brazil*
  • DETAILS FROM FINLAND:
  • States Fine Arts Museum, Ankara, Turkey
  • Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1993
  • Toinen Käsi, Otso-gallery, Espoo, Finland
  • 1992
  • LUMEN 10, Retretti Art Centre, Punkaharju, Finland*
  • TIMESPACE, Jubilee exhibition, Nordic Arts Centre, Helsinki, Finland*
  • ROHBAU, building site performance, Basel, Switzerland
  • RAKKAUTTA RAUNIOILLA, Modern Art MuseumTampere, Finland*
  • FinlandiDA’92, Konstakademien, Stockholm, Sweden*
  • 1991
  • Video Week at Rauma Art Museum, Rauma, Finland
  • SEEING, Opening exhibition of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Pori ArtMuseum, Pori, Finland*
  • Regional Exhibition of Skjl, Forssa, Finland
  • Young Artists’ Exhibition 44., Helsinki Art Hall, Helsinki, Finland*
  • Äpärägalleria, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1990-91
  • INTERFACE, Nordic Video Art:
  • Nordic Arts Centre, Helsinki, Finland
  • Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Frölunda Kulturhuset, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Århus Video Festival, Århus, Denmark*
  • 1990
  • Gradutates’ exhibition at The Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
  • Young Artists exhibition 43., Helsinki Art Hall, Finland
  • Students of The Academy of Fine Arts at the Modern Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
  • 1989
  • TERMINE Chiostro dello Juvarra in San Filippo Neri, Torino, Italy
  • 1988-89
  • Snow White and Eight Sisters, travelling exhibition in Häme and North Karelia, Finland*
  • 1988
  • Helsinki-Forssa-Helsinki Linja, Forssa, Finland
  • 1986
  • The students’ exhibition of The Academy of Fine Arts Spring Exhibition , Helsinki, Finland

Participations:

  • 2017
  • Rethinking Digitalization, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki
  • 2016
  • Lux-festival, Helsinki
  • 2015
  • Sävy-club ravintola Otso Kallio, Helsinki
  • 2014
  • 27.European Media Art Festival Osnabrueck, Germany
  • Akbank 10th Short Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2013
  • Bar Loose (Helsinki) & Jalostamo (Hyvinkää) Christmas tour by You/Me.
  • HLEF Short Film Festival of Helsinki  
  • International competition of Festival Internacinal de Cortometrajes Fenaco, Peru
  • Future Shorts, Flow-festival, Helsinki
  • Vastavirta-club, Tampere, Finland
  • Mascotlive, Helsinki
  • 2012
  • Blockparty Punajuuri, For love or money-antiqueshop, Helsinki
  • 2011
  • Skiffers-restaurant, Helsinki
  • Habitare-fair, performing in Trash-department
  • Ihme 2011 contemporary art festival, the Old Student House, Helsinki, Finland
  • Musical Tournée by 22-pistepirkko, participating with audiovisual group You/Me
  • Amsterdam (NL), Arlon (B), Bryssel (B), Niems, Bescnon, Paris, Brest and Vendom (FR)
  • 2010
  • Blockparty Punajuuri, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2009
  • Experimental Film & Video Festival VIDEOEX, Zürich, Switzerland
  • The Night of the Arts, Gallery Jangva, Helsinki Finland
  • International association of curators of contemporary art, Hima & Sali, the Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland
  • BoneVoyageClub, Belly and Liberty restaurants, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2008
  • AV-arch tour, City Life, Tampere Filmfestival, Finland
  • HelsinkikissBerlin, Bone Voyage Night, Berlin, Germany
  • View 08, Helsinki
  • 2007
  • View 07 Festival of Finnish Media Art, Helsinki, Finland
  • TAFF, Tampere Art Film Festival, Tampere, Finland
  • Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland
  • 2006
  • AVANTO Festival, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2005
  • View-05 Festival of Finnish Media Art, Helsinki, Finland
  • V-Art Festival, Sardinia, Italy
  • Filmfylkingen, Fylkingen, Sweden
  • 2002
  • VIEW-festival on new Finnish video art, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2001
  • Night of Arts, serie of AV-ark, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1995
  • Art Attack, Oslo
  • No Budget-Festival, Hamburg
  • 1994
  • Structural influences-Helsinki film co-op´s show in Contemporary Artmuseum Helsinki
  • Shortfilm screening `Kettupäivät´
  • AV-biennale, Lahti
  • 1993
  • Show in Kitchen, New York
  • Show in Millenium, New York
  • Exhibition in Mysore, India
  • MuuMediaFestival, Helsinki
  • NoBudget-film screening, Q-theatre
  • 1992
  • Show in Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
  • Show in Plesuredom, Toronto, Canada
  • Shortfilm screenings `Kettupäivät´, Helsinki
  • AV-biennale, Lahti, Finland
  • 1991
  • AV-biennale, Lahti, Finland
  • MuuMediaFestival, Helsinki
  • Celebration weeks of Helsinki
  • Night of Arts, Helsinki
  • Art event of Hämeenlinna, Finland
  • Shortfilm screenings `Kettupäivät´
  • PhotoFair of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • AVE videofestival, Arnhem, Holland
  • 1990
  • International videofestival in Kuopio, Finland
  • Celebration weeks of Helsinki

Assignments in Curating:

  • 2015 Aurinkogeneraattori/Solargenerator15, Gallery Jangva, Helsinki 
  • 2014-15 Due to Sound, Hämeenlinna Art Museum and GalleriaKONE, Hämeenlinna
  • 2013 Aurinkogeneraattori/Solargenerator, Staffas Porvoo, Finland 
  • 2010 Huvin vuoks - Kuvataidetta valkokankaalla, Orion Cinema, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2008 Muistissamme Regional Exhibitions in Eastern Finland, Northern Savonia and North Karelia, Finland

Works in Collections or Series:

  • Vilke-collection, Finland
  • AV-ark, Helsinki
  • Moderna Museet, Stockholm
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
  • Serie of Helsinki film co-op 1991
  • "Finish videoart from 90", AV-ark, Helsinki
  • Collection of Lars Swanljung, Helsinki, Finland
  • Collection of Mauri Christiansen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Prizes or Acknowledgements:

  • 2014 A media artist of the month, May 2014, by M-kult city-tv, Helsinki
  • 2007 Video artist of the month, Forumbox, Helsinki
  • 1993 Maire Gullichsen´s 80-year celebr.fund´s prize
  • Young Art´s Finland-prize
  • 1991 Critics´annual prize "Kritiikin Kannukset"