Nelli Palomäki at Gallery Taik Persons

Nelli Palomäki at Gallery Taik Persons

Exhibition: 27 April– 1 June, 2013
Address: Lindenstr. 34, 10969 Berlin

The two Nordic galleries, Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Edition and Gallery Taik Persons, are thrilled to announce that they are joining forces in a shared exhibition space in Berlin.

For their opening shows during Berlin’s Gallery Weekend, Niels Borch Jensen will present print works by Tacita Dean and Olafur Eliasson while Gallery Taik Persons will show works by the Helsinki School artist Nelli Palomäki who recently showed her work in major solo exhibitions at Ordrupgaard in Denmark (alongside Mary Cassatt) and at the Finnish Museum of Photography, and whose book Breathing the Same Air just was released in February at the renowned publishing house Hatje Cantz.

The immediate knowing of something without the conscious use of reasoning. Thisrn definition of intuition found in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary best rndescribes the method Nelli Palomäki uses in selecting her subjects for rnher photographs. She essentially becomes her own radar collecting other rnpeople´s feelings while moving within the streets of the city. Based rnupon these collections Palomäki selects her subjects more by their rnsensibility than by their appearance. It´s a language without words rnwhere understanding is communicated through a nod of the head, a look inrn the eye, or a smile at the corner of a frown.

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Palomäki is one of those rare portrait photographers who inherently rnfound the ability to emotionally merge with the subject she is rnobserving. She combines her fiery spirit with her charm to create an rnenvironment of trust. It is through this bond that Palomäki is able to rnextract the innocence from her subject. Nevertheless, anyone who has rnever met Nelli Palomäki knows it´s far more than that.

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Her enthusiasm bubbles with an exorbitant vitality that can hardly bern contained. For Palomäki it´s not only about taking photographs as it isrn about seducing life and in the process, sharing that enthusiasm until rnit´s contagious for all who are around her.

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Diane Arbus, Pierre Gonnord, and Francesca Woodman are all good rnexamples of artists who—like Palomäki—have used their internal compass rnto navigate through the human spirit. It´s a sensibility based more on rnthe color of one´s heart and the ability to transcend beyond what the rneye can see.

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(From Timothy Persons´ introduction to Nelli Palomäki´s monograph "Breathing the Same Air")