Niina Vatanen | Gravity Experiments and Cyclic Phenomena

Niina Vatanen | Gravity Experiments and Cyclic Phenomena

Exhibition: 14 September – 12 November 2022
Opening: Friday, 16 September 2022, 6 – 9 pm
Venue: Persons Projects, Lindenstr. 35, 10969 Berlin

During Berlin Art Week 2022.

Persons Projects is proud to present Niina Vatanen’s solo exhibition titled Gravity Experiments and Cyclic Phenomena. This exhibition follows her 2015 solo show at C/O Berlin, and her latest book Time Atlas (Kehrer Verlag, 2019). One’s experience of time is incredibly complex. By studying the movements of the planets, and with the help of various omens and prophecies, religions and oracles, humans have investigated not only our place in the universe, but also searched for answers to existential questions. In this exhibition, Vatanen does the same – she has combined images from various archives to create a multifaceted visual essay concerning time.

Notes from a Seamstress’ Daughter

Zofia Kulik | Anni Leppälä | Ragna Róbertsdóttir | Niina Vatanen

Opening: Friday, 11 March 2022, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition: 12 March – 23 April 2022
Venue: Persons Projects, Lindenstr. 35, 10969 Berlin

Persons Projects is delighted to present a unique selection of female artists who share a common ground within their artistic practices as they all incorporate and draw from their own personal histories. Their work and overall creative development were influenced by a female presence that played a significant role in their upbringing. Under this aspect, this group exhibition intends to explore four different female perspectives and how they are joined together through the process of objectifying their own fears and doubts in their search for their own identity. Their artistic arsenal ranges from threads and pins to textile ornaments and patterns. Regardless of the materials used, the works collected in this exhibition reflect a tactile sensibility in the way the artists apply them.
Embroidery, sewing, and working with fabric are historically associated with women and ‘domestic tasks’, overlooking the intense skill and creativity required to create the artwork. But since the early days of Surrealism, these specific activities have been one of the tools used to characterize the feminist voice of discontent. Generations of female artists seeking to negate and escape society’s expectations consciously avoided this direction. Today, contemporary women artists are reusing these traditions in their artistic expression, referring to the repetition of daily activities as the basis of our existence.
Notes from a Seamstress’ Daughter
A Kiss Given by Time to Light

A Kiss Given by Time to Light

Opening: 23 – 24 May, 2020, 12 – 6 pm 
Exhibition: 23 May – 25 June, 2020 
Venue: Persons Projects | Helsinki School, Lindenstr. 34, 10969 Berlin 

Persons Projects welcomes you to join us 23 and 24 May 2020 for the opening of A Kiss Given by Time to Light, a group exhibition featuring Timo Kelaranta, Niko Luoma, Pertti Kekarainen, Niina Vatanen, and Kira Leskinen. 
It’s a tribute to Timo Kelaranta’s influence as a mentor, teacher and artist in how his experimentations with abstraction has inspired one generation after another from the Helsinki School. This exhibition reflects upon how all these artists use the photographic process as a means to exercise their own sense for essentiality in defining how they collect time through multiple exposures inspired by sound, space, color and light. Looking back over the past thirty years, Timo Kelaranta must now be considered one of the first photographic pioneers in the Nordic region to explore the numerous possibilities of abstraction as a voice in visual poetry.