Heli Rekula
Photo: Patrik Rastenberger

Heli Rekula is one of the key photo and video artists in Finland, and is known for both her staged and landscape photographs. In her staged work she addresses issues such as cultural ideals of beauty and questions about normative identity construction. The experience of being an object is also a crucial subject in Rekula’s earlier work. In her landscapes she lets the photographic records or landscape notes tell their own stories. The landscape works were born out of places where the artist was just a trespasser. In her most recent works she has turned to memories and to her own personal experiences and history to examine a specific place, the home of Ernst Hemingway, and all the stories surrounding it.

Heli Rekula (b. 1963, Helsinki) has been active on the art scene since the early 1990s and this long career has brought her international acclaim. In 2002, she received the Ars Fennica Award and, in 2005, the Finnish State prize for photography. In 2012, Rekula was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award. She worked as Professor of Photography at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway 2009–2015. Her latest solo exhibition, In Hemingway’s Garden, toured to the Kabuso Art Centre and Oslo Fine Art Society in Norway, as well as to the Fotografisk Center in Denmark.