Marja Helander


In her art, Marja Helander often builds from her own background between two cultures, the Finnish and the Sámi culture. – But I don’t feel that all of my work should revolve around this theme. I have worked with other subjects here and there, Helander notes. As an example, she mentions her photographic series shot in New York. – I am at peace with it. I’m fine with being called ’a Sámi artist.’ And if it isn’t mentioned, that’s fine, too.

What drives Marja Helander as an artist is curiosity and the willingness to always learn something new. – This is why making video art and short films has been so inspiring after a long career in photography, Helander says.
– Lately I have found that I miss working with my hands, and that’s why I will probably be working on three-dimensional pieces next.