Annika von hausswolff has been on the forefront in making photography one of the most influential forms of media in contemporary art. She attracted attention in the 1990s with her staged works that bordered on documentary photography. Already in the series Back to Nature (1993) she employed the stylistic and contextual elements that would later define her signature style of production.
The motifs of loneliness, frustration and melancholy link her art to the tradition of surrealism. von Hausswolff has long delved into the unconscious and her works are a continued exploration transforming fleeting psychological states into uncanny photographs and sculptures.
In von Hausswolff’s works the viewer finds herself in a dreamlike setting where common situations and events transform into something irrational and unreal.
Her works touch on questions of corporeality, gender and domination. Hiding and revealing are also frequently recurring themes, which are manifested in the often used harsh flashlight and richly draped curtains.
Another dominant feature in her oeuvre is the human body. The characters we encounter do not seek contact; quite the opposite. Their backs are turned as if in deep thought and their eyes closed like a veil – physically present but constantly unattainable.
Showing through 17 May at the Turku Art Museum, Aurakatu 26, Turku, Finland. The exhibition is supported by the Swedish Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Tickets: Adults: €7, students,
Free entrance on
Susan Fourtane – Helsinki Times
Image – Annika von Hausswolff