Niina Vatanen: A Room’s Memory

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Color, Contemporary, Photobook

A Room’s Memory includes four bodies of works created between 2006 and 2012. Vatanen builds layers into her images through painting, cutting, bonding, staging and re-photographing.

“These photos make up Vatanen’s first monograph that’s presented as four rooms in a house, each one containing its own tales of life, transience and love, each endowed with specific colours and motifs that allude to different memories; old letters, torn envelopes, a butterfly collection, a distressed wall, all marking the passage of time and the ghosts left behind, the shadows of a former existence. It is a poem of sorts, it speaks in metaphors and similes, the image slowly seeping into the pores of your mind through the windows of your soul”.


A Room`s Memory, 2010


Untitled (Reader), 2010


April, 2010


Waiting, 2010


“Memory is an elusive thing. It slips, fades, plays tricks. It can be fleeting and vague. It decays. Niina Vatanen’s photographs capture traces of recollections from the past. In this volume, which consists of a series of visual essays, the artist considers the potency of images that are hidden or obscured, and the empty spaces in between things. Her subjects include peeling wallpaper, shadows of indeterminate objects, picture-less frames, and bullet holes entitled “wounds.” Through the accumulation of such fragmentary details, she intimates larger stories.” (Pari Stave in A Rooms’s Memory)


Branches, 2006-2008


Collector, 2010


Hideout, 2010


A Seamstress`s Notes, 2010 (2 of 51 pieces)

Please note: All images and texts are protected by Copyright and belong to the Artist.




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