About the Artists: Terike Haapoja and Antti Laitinen

Finnish Pavilion At the 55th Venice Biennale
May 21, 2013 8:37PM

This year, Finland presents an exceptionally extensive exhibition at the 55th Biennale di Venezia, entitled Falling Trees.

Falling Trees combines the solo exhibitions of the Finnish artists Terike Haapoja and Antti Laitinen into a garden-like whole, which takes over both the Nordic Pavilion and the Finnish Alvar Aalto Pavilion.

Terike Haapoja’s practice is characterized by her use of new media in exploring human and non-human relationships, self-reflection, and the subjective interpretation of knowledge of the world. Haapoja has a dual background in art and theater, and employs her understanding of both to create her immersive, dioramic installations. 

Antti Laitinen’s works begin with a plan, but the final pieces are usually the result of circumstances and outcomes beyond his control. Laitinen, who has a background in photography and multimedia art, primarily stages performances that he then documents or records. 

Photographs by Noora Geagea, Copyright © Terike Haapoja. Copyright © Antti Laitinen.

Finnish Pavilion At the 55th Venice Biennale