Perttu Saksa
Photo: Veikko Kähkönen

Perttu Saksa's photographs are dark, mesmerizing portraits, breath-taking landscapes and still lifes. He uses documentary-like photography mixed with staging and fictive narratives. His body of work consists of strong thematic units. These resemble anthropological and philosophical-ethical studies in the form of powerful visual artworks. Saksa's art consistently focuses on the boundaries between humanity and nature, on our relationship with the environment, and especially animals. By using animals as subjects, Saksa challenges us to examine the way we perceive ourselves.

Perttu Saksa (b. 1977) is a contemporary photographer and filmmaker. He attended the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (MFA) and the Icelandic Academy of Arts (1999). He is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Aalto University in Helsinki. Perttu Saksa is a recipient of the Fotofinlandia Prize (2014), the most important photography award in Finland. His photography and videoworks have been shown in numerous galleries and museums around Europe, including Stadt Galleri Kiel and Felleshus Berlin, and in Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Finnish Museum of Photography and Helsinki City Art Museum in Finland. His works can also be found in various public collections.