Mikko Waltari (B.1966), photographer MA, photography and media arts at Vilnius Academy of Arts 2011-2017. My earlier career as a sales manager has contributed to the development of narrative in my art, since selling process is comparable to a creative, successful story-telling – branding oneself is an act where facts and fiction come together.
My work discusses issues relating to social history by following practices that can be categorised as documentary or half-documentary. Yet, a single work usually consists of several digital frames that are merged into a tableau-size panorama. This can be seen as an extension of time in photography. The editing takes my work towards post-documentary, but I propose to call the manner documentary spectacle. It relates to the concept of truthlikeness. It borrows from the theories and practices of documentary theatre, documentary literature, and documentary film, i.a. Using metamodernistic language, the meticulously constructed image narrates an aftermath of an event instead of the event itself.