Marja Helander

BIO – Marja Helander, Sámi photographer, video artist, visual artist and film-maker

Marja Helander

Photo by: Riikka Vaahtera

CONTACT

Mechelininkatu 47 A 25
00250 Helsinki, Finland
+358 40 707 3631
helander.marja(a)gmail.com

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH

29th of August 1965 Helsinki, Finland

EDUCATION

1999 MA, University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland
1988-92 Lahti Institute of Fine Arts, Finland
1986-88 Liminka Art College, Finland
1985-86 University of Helsinki, Finland

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

2018 Inherited Ideals, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland (group exhibition)
2019 Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany (group exhibition)
2019 Turun Taidemuseon Pimiö-tila

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Silence – jaskes eatnamat, Sámi Center for Contemporary Art, Karasjok, Norway
2014 Silence – jaskes eatnamat, Gallery Forum Box, Helsinki, Finland
Silence – jaskes eatnamat, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
2012 Seavdnjat – Darkness, Northern Photographic Center, Oulu, Finland
Seavdnjat – Darkness, Gallery Zebra, Karjaa, Finland
Seavdnjat – Darkness, Villan Voimala, Hyvinkää, Finland
2011 Seavdnjat – Darkness, Sámi Museum Siida, Inari, Finland
Seavdnjat – Darkness, Sami Center for Contemporary Art, Karasjok, Norway
2010 Seavdnjat – Darkness, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki
2008 Modern Nomads, Castillo de Santa Catalina, Cádiz, Spain
2006 Paradise Lost, Konstens Hus, Luleå, Sweden
2005 Paradise Lost, Sami Center for Contemporary Art, Karasjok, Norway
2003 Modern Nomads, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland
Modern Nomads, Northern Photographic Center, Oulu, Finland
2000 Kadja-Nilla, Utsjoki, Finland
1999 Kadja-Nilla, The Centre for Creative Photography, Jyväskylä, Finland
1998 Kadja-Nilla, Art Gallery Telakka, Tampere, Finland
1997 Kadja-Nilla, Häme-Gallery, Lahti, Finland
Helsinki-Florence-Utsjoki, Photographic Gallery Peri, Turku, Finland
1995 Helsinki-Florence-Utsjoki, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland
1994 Photographs and Paintings, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
The Generations, Photographic Gallery Luukku, Joensuu, Finland
1992 The Happy Ones, Helsinki Railway Station, Finland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS IN FINLAND

2018 Viidon Sieiddit, Saamelaismuseo Siida, Inari
2017 Vallaton, Vantaan taidemuseo Artsi
Minän teatteri, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku
Bridge – Greetings from Two Republics, Virka Gallery, Helsinki
2016 Silence Space – Intensified Integrities, The Gallen-Kallela Museum, Espoo, Finland
2014 Helsinki Photography Biennial, Gallery L3, Helsinki, Finland
Performance Voyage 4, Muu Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
Sámi Contemporary, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
What´s Up North / Week 37, Northern Photographic Center, Oulu, Finland
2013 Silence Project, Gallery Augusta, Helsinki, Finland
2011 The Magic of Lapland, Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2009 Katugalleriat V, Art in the power transformer cabins, streets of Helsinki, Finland
2007 Pictures from The Island, Stoa Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2006 Same, same but different, Pietarsaari Art Museum, Finland
2005 Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä, Finland
2004 A Land Shared, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland
2003 A Land Shared, The Gallen-Kallela Museum, Helsinki, Finland
A Land Shared, Sámi Museum Siida, Inari, Finland
2000 Think 2000, Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Nordic Photographic Triennial, Oulu Art Museum, Finland
1999 Berenices´s Hair, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
Berenices´s Hair, Gallery Otso, Espoo, Finland
1998 Conjurers, Sámi Museum Siida, Inari, Finland
1997 Dislocations, International Photographic Triennale, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Rovaniemi, Finland
In Differences / the MAP event, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Finland
1996 Momentum, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
1995 The Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä, Finland
Young Artists Exhibition, Helsinki Art Hall, Finland
1994 Fotofinlandia ´94, The Cable Factory, Helsinki
In These Ragged Border Regions, Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland
1993 Lappish Modern Art Exhibition, Helsinki, Finland
1992 Young Artist Exhibition, Helsinki Art Hall, Finland
Ars Arctica, Rovaniemi, Finland­
Regional Exhibition of the County of Lappland, Kemi Art Museum, Finland
Graduation Exhibition, Lahti Art Museum, Finland
1990 Lahti Society of Fine Arts Yearly Exhibition, Lahti Art Museum, Finland
1989 FISKARS, Porvoo, Finland
Ars Arctica, Rovaniemi, Finland
Regional Exhibition of the County of Lappland, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
1988 The 25th Anniversary Exhibition of the Oulu Art, Oulu Art Museum, Finland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS IN ABROAD

2018 Among All These Tundras, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Canada
2017 Subsistence, Galleri NordNorge, Harstad, Norway
View From Up Here, Northern Norway Art Museum, Tromsø, Norway
2016 Silence Space – Intensified Integrities, Finnish Institute in Stockholm, Sweden
Neige, Centre Culturel Jean-Cocteau, Les Lilas, France
2015 Gestos hacia uno mismo, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
Barents Spektakel, Kirkenes, Norway
Sámi Contemporary, Felleshus, Berlin, Germany
2014 Northern Souls, Space Station Sixty-Five, London, UK
Silent Space, Galleri F 15, Moss, Norway ­
Silent Space, Meinblau Atelierhaus, Berlin, Germany
Gaavhtan, Møre and Romsdal Art Center, Molde, Norway
Sámi Contemporary, Museum of Norrbotten, Luleå, Sweden
Sámi Contemporary, Sami Center for Contemporary Art, Karasjok, Norway
Performance Voyage IV, Muu ry; videoscreenings for example in New York (Knockdown Center), Leipzig (Kunstkraftwerk), Athens (Art-Athina 2014 Art Fair), Rio De Janeiro (TAL art space)
Sámi Stories, Scandinavia House, New York
2013 Sakahán: International Indigigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ontario
Paysajes del Norte, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota, Colombia
2012 Topophobia, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London, UK
Gierdu, The Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland
Eyes on Photography, Glanz & Gloria Concept Store, Wien, Austria
2011 Close Encounters, Winnipeg, Canada
2010 Being a Part, Ájtte Museum, Jokkmokk, Sweden
2009 Being a Part, Sami Center for Contemporary Art, Karasjok, Norway
2008 Disturbance, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa
2007 The 7th African Photography Biennial, Bamako, Mali
Forbindelser, Murmansk Region Art Museum, Russia
2006 Rethinking Nordic Colonialism, Greenland National Museum and Archives, Nuuk, Greenland
Sami and Inuit Art, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada
2005 Den Gyldne, Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
ČSV – Sámi Visualiserat, Galleri F 15, Moss, Norway
Nordisk Landscape, Dronninglund Arts Centre, Denmark
A Time for Renewal, United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland
Barents Art Triennial, Kirkenes, Norway
2004 Same, same but different, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
2003 New Realities, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Sweden
New Realities, The Finnish Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
2002 In Nature – Barent´s Triennial, North Norwegian Art Center, The Lofoten Islands
2001 Berenice´s Hair, RMIT-Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2000 Sámi Images, William Wilkins Gallery Annex, Sydney, Australia
1999 Davvin, The Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland
In Via, Zollverein, Essen, Germany
1998 The Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, England
1996 Four Young Finnish Photographers, Institut Finlandais, Paris, France
1994 De utsatta, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Sweden
1993 Mesiac Fotografie, Bratislava, Slovakia

SCREENINGS, SCREENING EVENTS AND FILM FESTIVALS

2018 Short film Eatnanvuloš lottit – Birds in the Earth: Tampere Film Festival, Midnight Sun Film Festival, Skábmagovat, Loikka Dance Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Tromsø International Film Festival, Norwegian Short Film Festival, Aesthetica Film Festival, DocuFest, Dance on Camera Film Festival etc.
2017 Video work Dolastallat, Nordic Film and Video, Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre, London, UK
Video work Dolastallat, Skábmagovat – Indigenous Peoples´ Film Festival, Inari, Finland
2016 Video work Trambo, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur/The Short Film Festival of Switzerland
Video work Dolastallat, The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada
Video work Dolastallat, artArctica-festival, Helsinki, Finland
Several videoworks, Skábma-festival, Kjøllefjord, Norway
2015 Video work Trambo, The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada
2014 Video work Trambo, Skámagovat- Indigenous Peoples´ Film Festival, Inari, Finland

AWARDS

2018 Short film Eatnanvuloš lottit – Birds in the Earth: Risto Jarva Prize and The Main Prize in the under 30 minute category in the National Competition at Tampere Film Festival 2018
Short film Eatnanvuloš lottit – Birds in the Earth: Kent Monkman award for best experimental at imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival in Toronto
Short film Eatnanvuloš lottit – Birds in the Earth: Honorary Award at Norwegian Short Film Festival
Short film Eatnanvuloš lottit – Birds in the Earth: Special mention in Screendance Competition at Leeds International Film Festival
2016 Video work Dolastallat : Kent Monkman award for best experimental at imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival in Toronto
1994 Fotofinlandia ´94 -finalist

CURATING

2019 Mänttä Art Festival
2016 AIB Art Ii Biennial

COLLECTIONS

The State of Finland
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
Wihuri Foundation, Finland
The City of Espoo, Finland
The City of Rovaniemi, Finland
University of Lappland, Rovaniemi, Finland
Finnish Art Society, Finland
Sámi Museum Siida, Finland
Public Art Norway (KORO), Norway
De Samiske Samlingar (The Sámi Museum in Karasjok), Norway
National Gallery of Canada, Canada
Oulu Polytechnic, Finland
Private collections

PUBLIC WORKS

2012 The Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos, Inari

MEMBERSHIP

Member of the Union of Artists Photographers, Finland