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Tuula Närhinen


Tuula Närhinen (b. 1967, Finland) is a visual artist based in Helsinki. She ranks among Finland’s pioneering environmentally minded artists and her practice is committed to exploring issues related to the ecosphere. She has a studio on Harakka Island outside Helsinki and most of her works originate from the island’s nature. Re-adapting methods and instruments derived from natural sciences, Närhinen facilitates the transcription of different natural phenomena, such as water and wind into visual plots.

Helsinki Biennial 2023 will present recent works by Närhinen. Inspired by the aquatic element, her investigative practice makes visible the human impact on the bodies of water that surround us.

Tuula Närhinen, DEEP TIME DEPOSITS Tidal Impressions of the River Thames (2020) at Beaconsfield Gallery, London (photography: Tuula Närhinen)

Närhinen’s work has featured in solo and group shows internationally since the beginning of her career in the 1980s. Some recent venues include the Finnish Museum of Photography Helsinki (2022); Amos Rex, Helsinki (2022); New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (2021); Lands End, Cliff House San Francisco (2021); The Festival of Political Photography, Finnish Museum of Photography Helsinki (2021); Jyväskylä Art Museum, Kunsthalle Turku, and Mikkeli Art Museum Finland (2021); Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, London (2020); Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Helsinki (2020).

In 2021 Närhinen received the Finnish State Prize for the Visual Arts, and in 2019 she was awarded the Below Zero Art Prize by Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall in collaboration with the Finnish Institute in London.