“The connections between the images are essential to my work. How the images affect each other and what kind of relationships they create among one another. I try to trace this emerging ‘third image’ between two or several images; the various combinations of images compose different interpretations; it is like uncovering new thoughts,” says Anni Leppälä.
Her oeuvre is derived from memories, loss, longing, and early adolescence, seeking for an experience of connection and closeness but also for the act of recognizing something vaguely familiar through the images. Photographs transform their subjects and evoke a feeling of sudden recognition that is not visible on the surface. The connections between the images are essential for Anni Leppälä’s work. The narrations are not linear but can proceed in various directions and dimensions, reflected in the thought-through design of the book (design: Anni Leppälä, Tuomo Rainio, Liisa Seppo).
“My works do not consist of separate series, but the recent images expand the already existing entity of works. This starting point also conveys the situation of photographing. I look for elements of the visible reality that could be recognized as conveyors of a certain experience or atmosphere and that could also create connections to already existing images.”
Anni Leppälä (b.1981) lives and works in Helsinki. She studied photography at the Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences (BA) and the University of Art and Design in Helsinki (MA). Her works have been exhibited internationally since 2006, including group exhibitions at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photograph, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Les Rencontres d ́Arles in France, and Scandinavia House in New York. Her recent solo exhibitions have been at the Turku Art Museum, Galerie les Filles du Calvaire in Paris, the Purdy Hicks Gallery in London. In 2010, she was awarded the Finnish Young Artist of the Year art award, and Tampere Art Museum presented the first comprehensive museum exhibition of her work and published a book of her photographs. Her works are included in collections of institutes in Finland such as the Finnish Museum of Photography, Kiasma Museum of ContemporaryArt, EMMA Museum of Modern Art and international collections such as the Deutsche Bank Collection, Teutloff Collection and Fondation d'entreprise Hermès. www.annileppala.fi
Softcover brochure 16.5 x 24 cm, 128 pages, 71 color illustrations, ISBN 978-3-86828-942-8 2019