Niina Vatanen

Born 1977 Kuopio, Finland
Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland

Education

2005-2008 Master of Arts, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Department of Photography
2006-2007 Minor subject studies, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
2003-2004 University of Barcelona, Spain, Department of Fine Arts, Exchange program
2000-2004 Bachelor of Arts, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Department of Photography

Upcoming & ongoing exhibitions

2021 Paris Photo, Persons Projects, Paris, FR
2021 New Perspectives Through Photography, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, FI

Solo exhibitions (selected)

2018 Time is a Tragedy (Vol. II), Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, FI
2017 Time is a Tragedy, Forum Box, Helsinki, FI
2016 Time is a Triangle, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, FI
2015 Beyond the Visible Surface, C/O Berlin, Berlin, DE
2014 Archive Play, Golden Thread Gallery (with Hertta Kiiski), Belfast, UK
2014 Glimpses of the Unattainable, The Finnish Museum of Photography (with Hertta Kiiski), Helsinki, FI
2014 Cloud Hunter’s Eyes, TR1 Kunsthalle, Tampere, FI
2013 Cloud Hunter’s Eyes, Galerie Pleiku, Berlin, DE
2012 Grey Diary, Gallery Ratamo, Jyväskylä, FI
2010 Kaunokirjoitusta (Cursive), Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, FI
2010 Grey Diary, Gallery Taik, Berlin, DE
2010 Kaunokirjoitusta (Cursive), Gallery Huuto, Helsinki, FI
2006 The Red Letter (and Other Confessions), Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, FI

Group exhibitions (selected)

2021 Échos système, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation, Arles, FR
2021 CHART 2021, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DK
2021 ÖRES 21 Summer Exhibition, Örö, Kemiönsaari, FI
2020 Festival Circulation(S), Paris, FR
2020 CHART Art Fair, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, DK
2020 A Kiss Given by Time to Light, Persons Projects, Berlin, DE
2020 NURTURE, NATURE, David Behning Galerie, Düsseldorf, DE
2019 Eating Pineapples on the Moon, Riga Photomonth, Riga, LV
2019 Foto Wien, Photobook exhibition, Vienna, AT
2017 Between the Past and the Future, Mikkeli Art Museum, Mikkeli, FI
2017 State of the Art – Vielä hetki lapsena, Heinola Art Museum, Heinola, FI
2017 Sanoinkuvaamattomasta faktantarkistukseen, The Aine Art Museum, Tornio, FI
2016 Secret Agent, Guest Projects, Sunbury House, London, GB
2015 Paris Photo, Gallery Taik Persons, Paris, FR
2015 Secret Agent, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, FI
2015 I plunge into black holes and emerge intact, Gallery Taik Persons, Berlin, DE
2015 Reframe Memory, Athens Photo Festival, Athens, GR
2015 The future’s not ours to see, Triennial of Photography Hamburg, Hamburg, DE
2015 Knowledge, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, FI
2014 Paris Photo, Gallery Taik Persons, Paris, FR
2014 Viennfair, Gallery Taik Persons, Vienna, AT
2014 Photobookshow – Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, GB
2014 Unseen Amsterdam, Gallery Taik Persons, Amsterdam, NL
2013 Paris Photo, Gallery Taik Persons, Paris, FR
2013 Viennafair, Gallery Taik Persons, Vienna, AT
2011 Female View, Fotoraum, Vienna, AT
2011 Touching Dreams, The Danish National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, DK
2010 Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Deagu, ROK
2010 Photography and Video NOW, Helsinki Art Museum Meilahti, Helsinki, FI
2009 Helsinki School, Loft Project ETAGI, St Petersburg, RUS
2009 Like a Thief in the Night, The Town Museum of Jakobstad, Pietarsaari, FI
2008 Rose Boréal, Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, FR
2008 Like a Thief in the Night, Gallery Elverket, Tammisaari, FI
2008 Masters of Arts, University of Art and Design Helsinki, FI
2008 Rose Boréal - Photographies de l’Ecole d’Helsinki, ENSBA, Paris, FR
2007 Paris Photo, Gallery TaiK, Paris, FR 2007 Art Forum Berlin, Gallery TaiK, Berlin, DE
2007 Helsinki School, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, FI
2007 Uutuus - Nyhet!, Häme-Gallery, Lahti, FI
2006 Passing Energy, Eerikinkatu open-air gallery, Helsinki, FI
2004 Artist in the Picture, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, FI
2003 The Black Jovos meet Stereo Kerava, Kerava Museum of Art, Kerava, FI
2003 Black Jovos, Gallery Myymälä 2, Helsinki, FI

Books

2019 Time Atlas, Kehrer Verlag, Germany
2014 Archive Play, Kehrer Verlag, Germany
2013 A Room’s Memory / Huoneen muisti, monograph, Kehrer Verlag, Germany

Selected publications

2021 Memory, Memory, Memory, VOSTOK Magazine, July – August, VOL. 28
2020 The Age of Collage Vol. 3, Gestalten, Berlin, Germany
2019 The Helsinki School, The Nature of Being, Vol. 6, Hatje Cantz, Germany
2019 Transeurope Magazine, 31 European photographers
2018 Tiheä hetki – The Yearbook of Finnish Photography, Musta Taide, Finland
2014 The Helsinki School, From the Past to the Future, Hatje Cantz, Saksa
2011 The Helsinki School Vol. 4, A Female View, Hatje Cantz, Germany
2010 4. Europäischer Monat Der Fotografie Berlin, Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH
2009 The Helsinki School Vol. 3, Hatje Cantz, Germany
2008 Rose Boréal: Photographies de l’Ecole d’Helsinki, ENSBA
2008 Like a Thief in the Night –exhibition catalogue, Proartibus, Helsinki
2008 Masters of Arts 2008 –exhibition catalogue, University of Art and Design Helsinki

Grants

Finnish Cultural Foundation
Finnish Cultural Foundation/Uusimaa Regional fund
Frame Visual Art Finland
Kone Foundation
The Paulo Foundation
City of Helsinki
The Finnish Art Association, Grant for Young Artists
Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Arts Council of Uusimaa
Arts Council of Finland
University of Art and Design Helsinki
University of Art and Design Helsinki, Research Institute
University of Art and Design Helsinki, International Affairs Centre

Memberships

The Union of Artist Photographers, Finland
The Finnish Darkroom Association

Works in collections

Saastamoinen Foundation/EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art
State of Finland
The Finnish Art Association
The Finnish Museum of Photography
Private collections FI, DE, DK, FR, GB