Anni Leppälä - Chapter IV

Anni Leppälä - Chapter IV

Exhibition: 10 September – 23 October 2010
Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present Finnish artist Anni Leppälä with the solo exhibition Chapter IV, presenting her latest works.

Anni Leppälä has been selected Young Artist of the Year 2010 in Finland. Leppälä (born 1981) is one of the most promising artists of the Helsinki School, whose artists in general aim to redefine the boundaries between the genres. In her oneiric still lifes, Anni Leppälä addresses the impossible wish that the photographic medium attempts to fix instants, to halt the world´s rotating in perpetual transformation.

The themes of recognition and resemblance are substantive for Anni Leppälä´s works, where they are anchored both in time seen as transitory moments and also in visible objects as conveyors of memories and interpretations. Her main interest within the medium of photography is the possibility of creating sudden shifts between the visible reality of objects and locations and the fictional, emotional and inperceptible world of meanings behind them.

For Leppälä 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 or 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.

Leppälä underlines that "objects and spaces can occur like transparent routes between the inside and the outside, between the seen surface and unconscious content. How to stop a feeling, a memory? By binding it to visible objects, facades of material things, attaching it to a room´s wall. Like translucent skin with unforeseen memories beneath."

In the recent four years the 29 year old Leppälä has participated in many group exhibitions in museums worldwide (Oslo, Helsinki, Tokyo, Paris, Wolfsburg) and galleries (London, Milano, Helsinki). Her latest solo exhibition took place at the Tampere Art Museum on which occasion her first book got released. She has participated successfully in international art fairs (Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Turin) and her works are included in numerous museum collections in Europe and abroad.

-Jenny Rosemarie Mannhardt