Niina Vatanen

Finland
www.niinavatanen.com

Niina Vatanen is an artist working with photographs, text, sound, installations and found material. Vatanen graduated with a Master’s degree from the Department of Photography at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki in 2008. Since then her artworks have been on display in numerous galleries, museums and photo festivals in Finland and abroad, e.g. Germany, France, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Greece, Russia and South Korea.

Vatanen has published two books with the German publishing house Kehrer Verlag: Archive Play (2014) together with Hertta Kiiski and A Room’s Memory/Huoneen muisti (2013). Vatanen lives and works in Helsinki.

Time is a Tragedy

Time is a Tragedy is an ongoing project consisting of photographs, text, sound, archive material and sculptural elements. In this work I am dealing with questions concerning time and our perception of it. One of the central characters is primordial god Khronos who is considered to be the personification of time in Greek mythology. As a part of the installation is a soundtrack, a melody played with tuned metal rods, composed by musician Tero Vänttinen. The texts included in the works have been written by author Marjo Niemi. In the exhibition perception meets intuition, material encounters immaterial, fiction confronts fact, and life faces death.

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Time is a Tragedy

Time is a Tragedy / Forum Box, Helsinki 2017

Time is a Tragedy

Time is a Tragedy / Forum Box, Helsinki 2017

Time is a Tragedy

Khronos (2017), inkjet print, mahogany plywood, brass hinges, varnish, furniture paint, 44 x 64 cm, unique

Time is a Tragedy

Holy Face (About Legends, Myths, and, the Miraculous Appearance of the Image), (2017), colour print, diasec, oak frame 48,5 x 37,5 cm

Time is a Tragedy

Marble II (2017), diasec, wall ledge 21 x 28 cm

Time is a Tragedy

The Great Men (2017), inkjet print, diasec 21 x 28 cm, found image 8,5 x 13,5 cm, wall ledge 23,5 x 34,5

Time is a Tragedy

The Life of a Tree (2017), inkjet print, oak frame, wall shelf 28,5 x 36,5 cm

Time is a Tragedy

Gnomon III (2017), chromogenic colour print, oak frame 48,5 x 60 cm

Time is a Tragedy

The History of Misremembering I & II (2017), inkjet print, oak frame 27,5 x 35,5 cm

Time is a Tragedy

Untitled (2017), inkjet print, oak frame 27,5 x 21,5 cm

Time is a Tragedy

A Brief History of Time (2017), marble, glass dome, horse ashes, handkerchief, wooden shelf, 19 x 21 x 19cm, unique

Time is a Tragedy

Of Dust & Light (2017), diasec, birch frame, 29,5 x 39 cm

Time is a Tragedy

Untitled (Horse I) and Untitled (Horse II), (2017) diasec, birch frame, 13 x 17,5 cm each

Time is a Tragedy

Primavera II (2017), colour print, diasec, oak frame, 48,5 x 59,5 cm

Time is a Tragedy

Time is a Tragedy (2017). Mixed media: fabric 245 x 295 cm, desk fan, wall shelf, 12” vinyl LP (05:02 min), turntable. Soundtrack composed by Tero Vänttinen.
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