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Jaakko Niemelä

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Jaakko Niemelä’s works are often based on personal experiences, various spaces and structures. In addition to traditional materials, the artist uses lights and shadows in his works.

Jaakko Niemelä (b. 1959) takes over spaces with his large-scale installations. In addition to more traditional building materials, light is a central element of Niemelä’s works. He is interested in shadows and darkness and the combination of natural and artificial light. During his 35-year career, Niemelä has worked on his artistic expression using graphics, special installations, video and public works.

Jaakko Niemelä’s works are often based on personal experiences, various spaces and the deconstruction of structures. In recent years, the artist has been fascinated with the sea and ships, which represent symbols of abandonment, sorrow and longing for him. The artist went on a ship expedition to follow in the footsteps of his distant father, a sea captain called Erkki, and to draft his story using the traces left behind.

Jaakko Niemelä will exhibit a work in Vallisaari as part of the Helsinki Biennial. His solo exhibition will be on display at HAM from 14 December 2019 to 15 March 2020.

Photos: Matti Pyykkö