Pekka Niittyvirta – Swarm

Pekka Niittyvirta – Swarm

Opening September 24, 2016 at 6-12PM, during Malmö Gallery Night 2016
The exhibition is open September 24 – October 30, 2016

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Pekka Niittyvirta works in the sphere of human action and interaction and the consequences thereof. Working with different digital media such as photography and video, he investigates different human conditions whether they are related to society, environment or the financial market. Niittyvirta’s works do not necessarily rely on traditional imaging processes alone. Incorporating various digital, biological and chemical processes, they address such issues as the problems of technology and information society.

In the video work Swarm from 2010, Niittyvirta explores a deterministic view within the small world of a plastic bag filled with water and living goldfish with a lit candlelight underneath. The bag of fish and the candlelight are involved in a dance macabre, clearly orchestrated by an omnipotent human. Swarm raises the question of Earth’s serious environmental issues, and with the elements fire and water extinguishing one another, the consequences for the living beings are disastrous. This micro cosmos imitates what the human race is facing, if we continue to dance this dance macabre where nobody survives.

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Born in 1974 in Helsinki, Pekka Niittyvirta began studying photography in 1997. In 2001, he finished his Bachelor of Arts degree in photography from Kent Institute of Art and Design in Rochester, UK, and returning home to Finland, he took a Master of Arts degree in photography from Aalto University in 2007. Niittyvirta lives and works in Helsinki. In addition to his home town he works with projects in various locations, ranging from Swedish Lapland to Eastern Africa and Mongolia. This is Niittyvirta’s first solo exhibition in Sweden and the first time Swarm is shown outside Finland, although he has exhibited in several group exhibitions throughout Europe.