By Kirstine Schiess Højmose, Fotografisk Center
NORDIC EXCHANGE – INNER AND OUTER LANDSCAPES
Artist presentation: Anni Leppälä
In August 2014 Fotografisk Center will present the exhibition Nordic Exchange – Inner and Outer Landscapes showing five young Nordic artists working with photography: Tonje Bøe Birkeland (Norway), Anni Leppälä (Finland), Johan Bergström (Sweden), Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson (Iceland) and Ditte Knus Tønnesen (Denmark).
The exhibition is the first project in Fotografisk Center’s newly started network Nordic Exchange – a network project made to help facilitate exhibitions, collaborations and exchanges between young artists working with photography.
For more info on exhibition and network have a look at this previous blog post: https://blog.photography.dk/2014/02/08/nordiske-udvekslinger-indre-og-ydre-landskaber-nordic-exchange-inner-and-outer-landscapes/
Anni Leppälä was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1981. She lives and works in Helsinki. Leppälä graduated from University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2011.
For more info: http://www.annileppala.fi/
Anni Leppälä works with photography as a way of capturing moments of transformation, moments of something happening. By staging situations and mysterious settings she creates stories for us to continue and interpret. Her pictures show us situations but do not tell it all – they set up ways for us to travel further into the pictures, the stories and into the person in the picture. There is a certain presence in her photographs – of something happening, something that might already have happened or is going to happen.
She uses nature and different landscapes to set the scene for her stories and plays with nature and its role as a place for strange and subconscious feelings and fairytales.
Leppälä makes pictures on the line between reality and fantasy – and speaks of how this place in between is what is unique for the photographic medium:
“For me photographs are like fixed points in the process of change and alteration, they give a chance of observing and allow the viewer to step closer. One can gather trust and confidence in recognizing them but simultaneously photographs have another kind of nature; a side turning towards the invisible and the unidentified. What finally becomes recognized can be something “outside” of the image, something out of sight – something imperceptible. In this momentary experience something is revealed which is not “that-has-been” but rather something that exists and is present here and now” (Anni Leppälä)
A sample of the work of Anni Leppälä:
All images copyright Anni Leppälä