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Seija Ulkuniemi

01.11.2015

Artist of the Month

Korundi House of Culture, Rovaniemi

Tuestay-Sunday at 11-18

"FROM COLD TO WARMTH"

Artist Seija Ulkuniemi (born in 1963) lives in Muurola. She graduated at the Vocational College Lappia in 2011. She is a Doctor of Arts (Art & Design) with dissertation about family photography, and she works as a lecturer in art education at the University of Lapland. Seija Ulkuniemi's works are usually photographs and/or installations, where the author discusses a variety of fundamental questions of human life both on personal and a more general level. Ulkuniemi has held several solo exhibitions and participated in group and collective exhibitions both in Finland and abroad. Her works can be found in collections of Spanish and Cuban museums. Ulkuniemi is a member of the Artists' Association of Lapland and the Northern Photographic Centre.

About the FROM COLD TO WARMTH-photography series Ulkuniemi writes: January, the cruelest of all months. In Lapland in January we often have thirty degrees below zero - in Cuba instead the thermometer shows plus thirty. Photographer Seija Ulkuniemi traveled to Cuba in 2013-15 to escape the polar night, the dark time of January - from cold to warmth. She used her tourist gaze to collect in her photographs a spectrum of (possibly endangered, transient) Cuban clichés. Photos of Havana, Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba. Caribbean light and colors. The famous joy of life. Glimpses with the gaze of the Other to a different way of life of other people. Encounters face to face. 

In other words: souvenirs. A collection of moments in the past, which have been selected from hundreds, in the spirit of Pablo Neruda's poem "Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines" ("Puedo escribir los versos mas tristes esta noche"):

"--. This is all. In the distance someone is singing. In the distance."

"--. We, of that time, are no longer the same."