Maija Laurinen is an artist who works with still and moving image, text, light as well as passage of time. Her installations are silent events of the ineffable, transient situations that undergo constant change when nothing seems to move. 

Surfaces and screens in Laurinen’s installations act as boundaries, but they are always diaphanous. Here the present is what is yet to be seen and what is already imperceptible, a continuous but irreversible loop of what is no more and what is yet undetermined.

Maija Laurinen
Born, lives and works in Nurmes, Finland. 
2013-19          Doctor of Arts, 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, Finland
2001-02        Photography and Digital Imaging, London College of Music and Media, London

Selected solo exhibitions
What Do We See When We See Dark Things?, European Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia
Disappearing Act, with Michal Czinege, Gallery Ars Libera, Kuopio, Finland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Selected group exhibitions
2020 upcoming
Pieniä huomioita olemisen tavoista, Joensuu Art Museum, Finland

ArtFair Suomi, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland
Art by Meter /participation in an installation of Artist Collective Kunst, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland

ArtFair Suomi, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland

5000 m2, Lappeenranta, Finland

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

Renesancia fotografie, Central European House of Photography, Bratislava

50 Words, Bratislava, Slovakia

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

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

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

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

Inside, Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia                
50 words, Bratislava

2016       AiR Sandnes, Norway
2015       Kulttuurikauppila, Ii, Finland

Photographic Artists' Association, Finland
Artists’ Association of Finland

Awarded Grants
2021                State Grant for Artists, Arts Promotion Centre Finland
2019/20        Working Grant, Finnish Cultural Foundation, North Karelia
2017                Working Grant, Arts Promotion Centre, North Karelia, Finland 
2013                Working Grant, Arts Promotion Centre, North Karelia, 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 for Best MFA work, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia

Commissioned Public Artwork
2019             Karhusaari /in collaboration with M. Czinege, Pikku-Kaarle nursery, Nurmes, Finland
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