Heli Rekula

Photo: Patrik Rastenberger

Heli Rekula is known for both her staged and landscape photography. In her staged work she addresses issues such as cultural ideals of beauty and questions about normative identity constructions. In her recent work, Rekula has focused on the deep-rooted relationship of image, memory and place, where subjective experiences and collective histories intertwine. She combines photography, collected archive material with graphic techniques, such as serigraphy and photogravure.

Heli Rekula (b. 1963, Helsinki) is one of Finland´s key photographers. She has been active in the contemporary art scene since the early 1990s and this long career has brought her international acclaim. In 2002, she received the Ars Fennica Award, and, in 2005, the Finnish State prize for photography. In 2012, Rekula was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award. She worked as Professor of Photography at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Norway during 2009–2015. Today she is Senior University Lecturer at the Master’s Programme in Photography at Aalto University.  Her latest solo exhibition As the Crow Flies was seen at EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art in 2017.