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 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.