Mid-life Crisis Retrospective

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Exhibition at Galleria Huuto, Helsinki

Exposures of a Middle-aged Body, a Series of chemigrams, framed, 2019

In Exposures of a Middle-aged Body I use my middle-aged body as material and examine what embodied knowledge could mean looked through hormonal change. I have worked with analogical photographic practices using estrogen gel, body lotions, honey and various beauty products applied directly to the skin and then printed on the photography paper, which is then developed in the darkroom. I’m intrigued by the materiality of human body and the print of that materiality which I’m not able to fully control. I apply estrogen gel on my skin and it directly affects by body and mind. In this act I find similarities to the darkroom process.

Witching, 2009-2019,

bucket-developed 8 mm film transferred to video, loop, duration 3 min, 57 s
sound: Valto Ala-Maunus, installation varied

In my new Video work Witching I have worked with 8 mm film material shot 10 years ago in Seili island and music composed by my 9-year old son. The bucket development process has left it’s marks to the film, which is full of under and over exposed frames, scratches and dust. On the film transferred to video one can vaguely see a woman dancing in the sea. 10 years ago I was this uncontrolled and excessive female body, now my middle-aged body is torn by hormonal turmoil. We approach hormonal transition, puberty and menopause, in sync with my 9-year old son.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHelsinki
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2019
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventMid-life Crisis Retrospective - Galleria Huuto, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 7 Dec 201929 Jan 2020


  • Exhibition
  • Contemporary Art
  • Photography based art
  • Lens-based Practice
  • Cameraless Photography
  • Chemigram
  • body image

Field of art

  • Contemporary art

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