Windy Windows (2008-)

The set of works Windy Windows consists of photographs whose theme is built to combine the internal and the external – psychic conditions, as well as the environmental and cultural atmosphere we live in. Self-reflexivity, different manifestations of the self, the passage of time, detachment, globalization and dialogues between industrial and organic are present in the works.

 

When I moved from Oulu to Helsinki in 2008, I left behind the faith of my childhood and early youth, Conservative Laestadianism, which had previously defined my self-image. At first, the apartment in Helsinki was practically empty. I started collecting furniture and other household items as I collected new experiences – and with the help of my camera, new photographs based on them. Consequently, the apartment in Helsinki has served me as a sanctuary ever since – a place to reformulate myself. The entity of works contains numerous photographs that were taken there during the past 15 years.

 

Windy Windows photographs were created by being attuned and susceptible to the meaningfulness and pictorial potential of everyday moments. I have also brought different performative elements and staging solutions into the photographs. Photography serves as a form of existential meditation for me – inhaling and exhaling.

 

The making and presentation of the work has been supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Arts Promotion Center Finland (Taike).

 

 

 

Scope (2015-2022)

The set of works Scope consists of photo-based works, a readymade-based installations, and a video essay.

The photo-based works hung on the walls are my photographs from 2015–2021, which, apart from two, I have distorted with the help of artificial intelligence. I have selected some areas in my photos, after which the tool I use has filled those selected areas with new pixel combinations imitating or trying to mimic the “reality” of the photos – as if suggesting that the image in the selected area could transform into this instead of the camera´s suggestion. The results are often surreally whimsical or disturbed.

The installation of readymade objects, brings together the technical communication devices or parts of them used by modern human, as well as organic elements such as pieces of wood. Using various methods, I have manipulated the technical equipment, altering their intended functions, usually to a seemingly broken state.

The title work of the exhibition is a video essay titled Scope (2020). It consists of programmed photographs, text, and music. At the beginning, “I” and “you” merge, after which the human mind seems to be in a somewhat fickle state. It flies impulsively to different countries and wanders about, surprising even itself, performing different actions and thoughts, and receiving and sending different messages.

Script, direction, photography, text and edit: Saku Soukka
Music: Tatu Rönkkö
Programming: Matti Hyvönen
Duration: 23 min. 45 sec.

The making and presentation of the work has been supported by The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK), Frame Contemporary Art Finland and The Finnish Cultural Foundation.

 

 

Window In-between (2009-2018)

 

Window In-between (2009-2018) is a video essay (63 min.) and collection of photograph works hanged on walls. The works visualize the relation in between human and urban environment – and the human relation to the self and other people – through a dialogue between inside and outside spaces. Separation, friendships, loveships, concept of home, advertising in public spaces and internet are present. The video essay is divided in four parts based on seasons. Photos, texts and sounds are wandering and drifting in different directions as the mind does. There is a glass-like surface between the inside and outside world, searching for its form. All the photographs of the whole are taken in Helsinki city.

 

 

Paperipeili (2009-2016)

 

Paperipeili (2016) is a photo and poetry book which touch on and unites various themes such as traveling, seasons, climate change, light, darkness, religion, love and death in autofictive way.

 

Photographs and poems: Saku Soukka

Layout: Saku Soukka

Technical realization of layout: Janne Lehtinen

Publisher: Noxboox (2016)

Size: 17,3 cm x 24,5 cm, 160 pages (soft cover, bound)

Number of copies: 300

Language: Finnish

 

Stream (2012-2014)

Video work Stream (2014) brings up dialogue between exterior and interior as well as movement and stagnation. Sections related to the sea, airports and to the other public transports visualizes movement while on the other hand the protagonist is inside “doing nothing”. Video is often repeated mechanically and passing of time is disturbed.

 

Manuscripting, directing, filming, sound designing and editing: Saku Soukka

Protagonist: Romina Farkas

Duration: 16 min. 7 sec

Form: Single channel video

 

Senses of a Blind (2009-2013)

Senses of a Blind (2013) is photograph projection in which photos fades in and out and sometimes they are blinking faster. The work deals with thematics of seeing, hiding and appearance – and the relation in-between human and animal in dark landscapes and places. Sound consist of field recordings.

 

Script, direction, photography and editing: Saku Soukka

Sound: Simon Spurrier

Duration: 4 min. 19 sec.

Form: Single channel projection in a dark space

 

 

Plastic Past (2008-2013)

Plastic Past (2008-2013) is collection of photographic works which are dealing with the relation in-between human and plastic. In the set of works photographs are sometimes united with readymade objects and they get also sculptural forms.

 

 

 

Always (2009-2011)

Always (2009-2011) is collection of 12 photograph diptychs.

 

Sea divided and mountains splitted. Heart beat twice and life continued. Characters of scenes lived for the reflection – because of it – walked mirrors in their pockets. Sometimes views were divided into pieces and sometimes time stopped.