Anni Leppälä’s motives derive 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. Things are often veiled, hidden or turning away, but are in their own sphere of intense, remote closeness. 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 to various directions and dimensions. The layout of the book refers to this way of working – images are
overlapping each other, covering and intersecting with each other.
Anni Leppälä (b.1981) lives and works in Helsinki. She studied photography at the Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences (BA) and at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki
Her works has been exhibited internationally since 2006, including group exhibitions at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Japan (2006), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany (2009), Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid (2011), Les Rencontres d ́Arles in France (2012) and Scandinavia House in New York (2013).
Her recent solo exhibitions have been at the Kunstverein Schwäbisch Hall, Germany (2017), Centre d ́art Gwinzegal, Guingamp, France (2016), Photo Festival Ghent, St Peter’s Abbey, Gent, Belgium (2015), Turku Art Museum in Finland (2014), Galerie les Filles du Calvaire in Paris (2014), Purdy Hicks Gallery in London (2014) and she has exhibited her works at solo exhibitions at Gallery TaiK Persons (2016), Gallery AMA in Helsinki (2013), Barbara Gross Galerie in München (2011) and at the Gallery TH13 in Bern (2011).
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 Contemporary Art, EMMA Museum of Modern Art and international collections such as the Deutsche Bank Collection, Teutloff Collection and Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.
hyle | curtain | backdrop
Anni Leppälä, Tuomo Rainio, Liisa Seppo
16.5cm x 24cm x 1cm
Edition of 1000