Newspaper as a platform for artistic expression
PBFF (Photobooks from Finland) has invited five artists to create publications using the newspaper format as part of their practice. The artists work in Finland in various fields of visual art. The aim is to find viewpoints and possibilities for using the newspaper format as a platform for artistic expression.
The individual newspapers will be published and sold in PBFF’s newspaper vending machine at Kiasma during URB22 festival.
Established in 2014, PBFF is an association known for promoting photographic art books and publications relating to or made in Finland by archiving and presenting them nationally and internationally.
Emilia Tanner / 3.6.–4.6.2022
Emilia Tanner (b. 1990) is an artist working and living in Helsinki. In her work, she often uses paper as a raw material to explore ideas of time and temporality, space, the perception of space and ourselves. She approaches paper as a three-dimensional material that can be sculpted, transformed, manipulated and altered. Actions of repetition and manipulations of the paper bring forth an intense desire to scratch the surface of what lies in front of us and discover something new. Recently she has been focusing on installations and working with light.
Felix Bardy / 5.6.–6.6.2022
Felix Bardy (b. 1998) is a visual artist working and living in Helsinki. He mainly works with photography and painting. ”I approach making art in a photojournalistic way. I want to capture the times we’re living in”, he says.
Lately, he has been painting works of an almost dystopian world enslaved by consumer culture. ”A cyberpunk-like idea of a spoiled future fascinates me. I paint views that look like the end of the world and picture things leading to destruction.”
Self-examination plays an important role in Bardy’s working process – what he prioritizes and considers important.
Hikari Nishida / 7.6.–8.6.2022
Hikari Nishida (b. 1997) is an artist living in Helsinki, Finland. She studied publishing as art practice in La Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin, France.
Her practice evolves around publishing, installation art, and creation of experimental art platforms. Selected works have been presented in Kosminen (Finland), Publics (Finland), The Tokyo Art Book Fair (Japan), Saint Remi museum (France) as well as shared in Helsingin Sanomat and Kunstkritikk.
She is the founder of The Temporary Bookshelf, a nonprofit art bookshop for independent publishing in Finland.
Tanja Koljonen / 9.6.–10.6.2022
Tanja Koljonen (b. 1981) is an artist based in Helsinki. She earned her MA from the School of Art and Design at Aalto University in 2014. Currently, she is extending her knowledge in printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. Her interest lies in the visuality of language in which the boundaries of an image are in constant flux. Her works often include photographs, graphic prints, and artist books.
Tatu Gustafsson / 11.–12.6.
Tatu Gustafsson (b. 1979) works with weather cameras, borrowed objects and concepts, among other things. Gustafsson’s work explores technologies, things that are taken for granted and relationships that form hierarchies.
The Newspaper Vending Machine is supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and realised in cooperation with URB22 festival.