PERTTU SAKSA (FI): ECHO
13/04/12 – 20/05/12
The upcoming exhibition of Perttu Saksa, one of Finland’s most noted young photographers, takes us into questions related to nonhuman, on thinking ourselves through animal Other and to question our histories with the animal.
The exhibition challenges us to examine the way we perceive ourselves – through fragile images of taxidermic primates, captured into European museum archives from colonial Africa and Latin America.
In Saksa’s images, every scar is visible and all the glass eyes have faded, but still Saksa forces us to relate ourselves with his chosen motifs. By this simple gesture, he questions how our histories are written and represented through photography and natural science.
The exhibition is accompanied by Perttu Saksa’s debut book, Echo with texts by Ron Broglio, and discussion between Jan Kaila and Perttu Saksa. The book is published by Musta Taide.
Perttu Saksa (b. 1977) is a photographer and visual artist. He has graduated from fine arts (MFA) from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and from photography (BA) from the Lahti University of Applied Science. Perttu’s photography and video works have been exhibited in various galleries and museums around Europe, including Stadt Galleri Kiel, Felleshus Berlin and Finnish Museum of Photography and Helsinki City Art Museum. His works can also be found in various public collections.
Echo’s partners are marketing agency SEK & GREY and photography agency Viewmasters.