INFO

Gallery representation:
Helsinki Contemporary
Bulevardi 10
00120 Helsinki
Finland
website

Artist Bio
Tuomas A. Laitinen (lives in Helsinki, Finland) is an artist and a musician whose aesthetic language could be described as austerely poetical. Yet, his recent in-depth, and geographically wide-spanning research on global circulation of raw materials, namely copper, addresses the very concrete micro and macro processes and concerns of contemporary reality. Laitinen’s art exposes the connections and negotiates with the tensions between the personal and the public, the poetical and the political. His works appear as visions that unfold the mythical undertones behind the seemingly rational ways of the world. Laitinen works across and fuses together moving image, 3D animation, light, sound, installations and spatial interventions. His artworks are saturated with references ranging from ancient tragedies, philosophy, science fiction, experimental music, architectural history and contemporary media culture. Specific themes, sites and situations and the challenges brought about by them are translated into richly layered, but formally extremely condensed works of art.

Tuomas A. Laitinen graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, in 2008. Laitinen has participated in exhibitions and festivals around the world, e.g. SADE LA, Los Angeles; the Moving Image Art Fair, New York, 2015; Mildura Palimpsest Biennale, Australia 2015; the 5th Cairo Video Festival, 2013; and the N‑ Minutes Video Art Festival, Shanghai, 2011, 2012. His recent major solo exhibition was held at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art in Finland in 2014-2015. He has recently worked in the USA, Germany, China and Estonia. In 2013, Laitinen was awarded the Fine Arts Academy of Finland prize. The award is granted every second year to an emerging internationally interesting Finnish artist.