Maija Laurinen is a Finnish visual artist who works with moving image and photography as well as light and text. She poses questions regarding time and becoming, darkness and silence or the transient nature of presence – phenomena and boundaries that elude human perception, and yet largely define our reality. 

Education

2013-             Doctoral studies, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia
2007-09         MFA in Photography, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava
2003-06         BFA in Cinematography, Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava
2002-03         Fine Arts, Liminka Art School, Liminka, Finland
2001-02         Photography and Digital Imaging, London College of Music and Media, London


Selected solo exhibitions

2018
What Do We See When We See Dark Things?, 
Gallery Huuto, Helsinki, Finland

2017                
Light/ Notes & Notions, Gallery Tyko, Nurmes, Finland
Mute Land: Silence, Stillness and Stasis, Hippolyte Studio, Helsinki, Finland
Thinking Stillness, Gallery Lapinlahti, Helsinki, Finland

2015
Night Palette, with M. Czinege. KulttuuriKauppila, Ii, Finland
Presence – Absence, with I. Sykorova. Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia

2014                
This Is Not a Love Story, with M. Czinege. Industrial Gallery, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Land – scape, with I. van Oijen. Gallery Alfa, Kasárne Kulturpark, Kosice, Slovakia

2013
Have We Met Before?, Tyko Galleria, Nurmes
If and Only If, Galerie Pleiku, Berlin, Germany

2012
Silence My Song, Photoport Gallery, Bratislava
If and Only If, SODA Gallery, Bratislava

2011
If and Only If, Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, Finland

2010
Shifting Spaces, Galerie G4, Cheb, Czech Republic
Viennafair (with Photoport Gallery), Vienna, Austria
From Dusk till Dawn, Soda Gallery, Bratislava

2009
Brno Art Fair (with Photoport Gallery), Brno, Czech Republic
Shift Space, Galéria F7, Bratislava

2008
Mute landscapes, reflections, echoes, distancies, horizons and false horizons, Tranzit, Bratislava
The Mute Land, Ex Libris, Bratislava


Selected group exhibitions

2017
ArtFair Suomi, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland

2016                
5000 m2, Lappeenranta, Finland

2015
Tusenie FM’s, Freshmen’s, Bratislava, Slovakia
Zamatový objekt túzby, Galéria Gagarinka, Bratislava, Slovakia

2014                
Renesancia fotografie, Central European House of Photography, Bratislava

2013                
50 Words, Bratislava, Slovakia

2012                
Fieldwork – Natural Landscape, House of photography, Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia
20 years of photography at The Slovak Academy of Fine Arts, Central Slovak Gallery, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

2011                
A Youthful Medium, 20 years of photography at The Slovak Academy of Fine Arts, Month of Photography, Dom Umenia, Bratislava
Second Half, The Slovak Institute, Vienna, Austria
Drawing as Thinking 2, Gallery Na Bydliku, Brno, Czech Republic

2010                
Drawing As Thinking, Medium Gallery, Bratislava
Second Half, Gallery VSPU, Prague, Czech Republic; Maribor Art Gallery, Slovenia
PORTraits, Slovak Institute Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Photoport Vol. 1, Espoo Culture Center, Finland; Jyväskylä University Gallery, Jyväskylä, Finland
20 years of photography at the Slovak Academy of Fine Arts, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia; Prague, Czech Republic

2009                
Prague Photo Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
Skúter II – Biennial of young art, Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, Slovakia
Second Half Time, Medium Gallery, Bratislava
Master diploma works of  Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Dom Umenia, Bratislava
Tranzit Bratislava Martin, Turcianska galéria, Martin, Slovakia

2008                
Inside, Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia

2007                
50 words, Bratislava


Residencies

2016                 
AiR Sandnes, Norway

2015                 
Kulttuurikauppila, Ii, Finland


Memberships

Photographic Artists' Association, Finland
Artists’ Association of Finland


Grants & scholarships

2017                Working Grant, The Arts Council of North Karelia, Finland
2013                State Grant for Artists, Arts Promotion Centre Finland
2011                State Grant for Artists, Arts Council of Finland
2011                Project grant, The Arts Council of North Karelia, Finland
2010                Project grant, Arts Council of Finland
2009               Dean’s Prize: Best MFA work, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia

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