The work in progress is a continuation of Martan laulu. It deals with everyday situations and my own childhood memories. The main places are an island in Finland and our home in Vendée, France.
Martan Laulu - Martha's song - is a little ode to childhood, motherhood, roots and family. Birth for me seemed like parallel doors opening and closing at the same time. During four years I have observed and gathered images using my own experiences, places of memory and moments of intimacy. The title refers to the melody of a childhood, a lullaby.
We were four women in the family: grandmother, mother, my half-sister and myself. Mother married twice, divorced twice. In the early 1970s, it was not easy for a woman to divorce her husband in Finland. In France, same sex marriages just became legal in 2013. I wanted to create a family album. Mixing archival image of the families with the rest I managed to create a larger time line.
What does a family signify? How do our personal histories, biological and cultural backgrounds reflect our lives, society and family? How has family’s function and form changed? I have photographed families where sexuality, mix nationality or gender is not categorized.
The series were a part of the European Photography Exhibition Award, EPEA02 2014.
Unconscious memories, meetings that already happened; recognition based on memory. The presence or absence of light, absence of the other. A regard, whisper or a smell that recalls, hits you back in time. Desire and imagenary – change staying the only constant. «Notes» - a brief record to assist the memory or for future reference.
August. As there’d be a mental hangover that residences permanently over Marseille.
Closed windowpanes let echo of the occasional bywalker. In the harbour, the broken cry of an seagull. The ventilators low humming. Someone said that the wind drives people mad.
Illegal bars. Marked faces. Restless energy that circles in the night only to bounce back to a hot humid day where light breaks your vision. Heat like a second skin. Seeking to identify, to record. Marseille left a stain on me.
In her European journey she never seeks to describe but rather try to fit into the word, open to the encounters. Photography keeps traces of the emotions generated by these meetings.
The starting point for photography for me is keeping time. With a past period of life on a constant change and moving, I have reconstructed what I’ve gone through and experienced it into a subjective story in photographs. Each experience leaves a mark; a photograph perhaps remains as a proof of that, fictitious or none fictitious. Marginality, the ”in-between-land” where things can take any turning point depending on how the individual reacts or what she is looking for, where intuitive meetings among the people and sudden events happen.
Distance Now is a autobiographical work about the emotions and feelings during and after the separation from a relationship. The photographs are taken under 2002 - 2005. Some of them document the time past under the relationship, others were created to contrast the emotion after the separation.
Distance Now deals with the illusion of love and the emotional confusion; desperation, fear, hope and dependancy.
Medans (meanwhile) is a photographic letter of goodbye after a ended relationship. Meanwhile referring to the travel between two destinations, images taken through the window letter written on the horizon of the journey.
The letter is typed directly on the silvergelatinprints 20x30cm wide with a manual typewriter.
Normality is a series questioning the norm and the limits of it.
Who is normal and where can we draw the limit of a normal mind ? Can the state of mind be visible in a 60th of a second photograph of a person ?
The images are realised in a mental asylum in Nove Zamky in Czech Republique 2000- 2002
14 x 21 cm
Arja Hyytiäinen for the book has long been a privileged tool. Newspapers life and experimental laboratories, his notebooks are full of intuitions and turns. Texts and images are entangled. Deletions, cuts, lines of flight that always leave open the door to new creative possibilities. My starting point in photography is to keep track of things. Each experience leaves a mark, and a photograph can become evidence, fictional or not.
"Completely contemporary, open and demanding work Arja Hyytiäinen part of the school day, the tradition of street photography, which replaced its form to request status author. Saying its need and singularity, dedicated to the subjectivity and influenced by the film aesthetic, the whole work, very respectful to people representative, is a new contemporary humanism."
19,2 x 14,7 cm
Distance Now is an autobiographical piece of work dealing with the emotions and feelings experienced during the break-up of a relationship. The title refers to the psychological distance between my partner and I, both at the time when we broke up and afterwards. The exhibition collects photographs I took between 2002 and 2005. Some of them were taken during this break-up whereas others are rather documents of my past life. The aim of this project is to show a relationship from all angles; the illusion of love, emotional confusion, despair, fear and dependency.
I used the setting of scenes a lot to illustrate - sometimes in a narrative way - the despair you can feel when a relationship comes to an end and to talk humorously about the troubles of the soul.
13,2 x 19,5 cm
Do you remember the top floor in that red cottage. Or how we moved there without knowing what was to come. No plans for the future. Landing in each other and the comfort in that."
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg - Germany
Le Château d'Eau, Toulouse - France
epea02, Nobel Prize Center, Oslo - Norway
Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris - France
Carré Amelot, La Rochelle - France
V8 Galarie, Köln - Germany
Galeria Spafiska, Krakow - Poland
Forum für Fotografie, Köln - Germany
From the very beginning on photography has been more of a company, a way to keep and record the life around me than just a media. At some point it becomes obsessive. To keep time, life, people, as it on that way would stay longer; as if there through the photograph is an evidence.
What started as a sort of a street photography has moved along with me to the personal space where emotion has become more important than moment. Later on I'm trying to see behind the visible and learn to see again. Putting images together becomes a fictional story where the past and personal archive is always present but already in a changed form since the image following is in a way taken out of it's context and time-line and turns now into a subjective feeling.
The way I deal with photography is close to self therapy; photography becomes partly a tool to experience, a way of getting closer to others and yourself. It also reveals terribly.
I photograph little cuts from the everyday life that occupy me or parts of my thoughts. Often it takes a long time before that moment becomes a picture.
Working with analog media the print process is important; the darkroom process and the resulting print.
I moved from Finland in the age of 22 to Sweden where I first started to study documentary photography 98-00, the followed years in Europe. Prague and FAMU with many travels around eastern Europe, Berlin to and fro 2003-2008, Paris, Prague, Berlin, Paris constant move.
Since 2009 I'm based on the west of France, my daughter Martha-Liisa was born 2011 and again the page turned and the urge to remember, understand and follow the white rabbit that run by.