Annika Rauhala's video work Jouha (Riot Police) deals with the militarisation of Finnish riot police in the context of broader social change. Her work is a brazen reversal of roles that turns an ultra masculine subject into an object for the sexualising gaze. A four-channel installation version of Jouha was acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma at the 2017 Art Fair Suomi event. Earlier Rauhala's works has been shown by MUU Gallery at Art Paris 2010.
Annika Rauhala’s photographs have entranced the public for over two decades. Since from the beginning of her artistic career, from 1990´s, her themes have been controversial. Born in Oulu, Finland, in 1971, Rauhala became interested in theoretical philosophy at the age of 20 and graduated Master of Arts, majoring in Theoretical Philosophy, in the University of Helsinki.
1995 she graduated as a photographer in Lahti Institute of Art and Design. In her final work she documented Finnish home porn and the exhibition showed fuss and media attention. Sexual minorities were not well known at the time, and even the commercial pornographic´s position was not clear in Finland even in terms of legislation. During the past 20 years, she has carried out six large series of photographs and numerous smaller ones that have been exhibited in galleries and museums. The latest large exhibition is a video installation that handled riot police, which she filmed for three years in demonstrations.
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