Tiina Itkonen | the artist

The artist Tiina Itkonen
Born 1968, Helsinki, Finland.
Lives and works in Helsinki.

Style and technique of the artist: Photography, Sydney Biennale, Helsinki School,

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Tiina Itkonen
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Tiina Itkonen
Since the beginning of the 1990s, I have been searching for my own Ultima Thule, my place in the Far North. I was enchanted by the story of the Mother of the Sea and, in 1995, it inspired me to set off for the place where the story originated in Greenland. The lack of haste, the friendliness of the people and the silence of the glaciers compelled me to return to Greenland in 1998, 2002, 2005 and 2006.

These memories take me back to Greenland. When I close my eyes I am in Greenland, and the silence is perfect. Blueish light dances across the snow; the icebergs glow turquoise. The silence is broken by a loud crack. An iceberg splits, creating new, smaller icebergs. There are no roads that I could take to get away. I follow my own paths. There are no trees: I can see the horizon far off in all directions. I am incapable of judging distances. I am not used to seeing this far…

Tiina Itkonen
Die Arktis hat seit ewiger Zeit die Expeditionsreisenden, die Abenteurer, die Handelsleute und die Walfischfänger fasziniert. Seit 1990 hat Tiina Itkonen ihre eigene „Ultima Thule“, den nördlichsten Platz, gesucht. Die Geschichte über die Mutter der Meere hat sie verzaubert und inspirierte sie im Jahr 1995 zum Geburtsort der Geschichte, nach Grönland aufzubrechen. Dabei ist sie zu den Polareskimos im nördlichsten Grönland gekommen. Die Gelassenheit und die Freundlichkeit der Polareskimos haben sie 1998 und 2002 nach Nord-Grönland zurück gebracht…

Tiina Itkonen
Exhibiting in Finland and abroad since 1996, Itkonen’s work has most recently been seen in Zurich at Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, in Frankfurt at the Synart Art Gallery, and at the Finnish-Norwegian Culture Institute, Oslo. Her photographs are held in collections at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Fundacio Foto Colectania in Barcelona, Helsinki City Art Museum, the Finnish State Art Collection, DZ Bank in Germany and the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection/EMMA, among many others…

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