© Pertti kekarainen
© Pertti Kekarainen
© Pertti Kekarainen

PERTTI KEKARAINEN

Kekarainen was born in 1965 in Oulu, Finland. His photographic creations involve both analytically oriented “space work” and invented details which are surprising in terms of colour, light and space. His best-known series of photographs, Density, consist of different kinds of images linked in a theorethical dialogue with each other. Key images depict interiors divided through a sort of transparent plastic sheet, often with holes, allowing some details of the interior to be in focus. The series also include portraits that investigate the relationship between figures and surrounding spaces, plus self-referential monchromatic pictures. The way Kekarainen works could be characterised as “manual manipulation”. He does not process his photographs by computer but prefers more traditional ways of achieving the effects he wants. The monochromes in the series Density, with their peepholes, were created by photographing a wineglass from above through a coloured paper with holes. Kekarainen does not want to give a unique, correct explanation of his works. However, what he finds important is how the photographs function in relation to both viewers and space. Nowadays he is one of the most relevant figures in Finland being the co-curator of the Italian touring exhibition The Helsinki School (Milano and Bologna 2006). He had 2 major retrospectives in Germany (Kiel - Berlin 2009) (exhibition still available). Photology has been representing him (works available for sale) since 2000, with 3 solo shows in Milano; a Photology monograph Density - Tila (book available for sale), was published in 2006 and distributed internationally. He lives and works in Helsinki.