October 20, 2012
The new series I've been so quietly and slowly working on is going to be about presence (I finally got tired of the melancholy feeling of absence that had almost become a mannerism...), caring, friendship, pain, love. I will tell you more about it as soon as I'm able to express it better – in words, that is. In the meantime; some new images.
October 15 2012
Exhibition in Northern Photographic Centre's gallery in Oulu until Nov 11.
I love Oulu! Thank you Alla and Jaani for making the opening and my visit in Oulu such a pleasure.
February 1st 2012
Some images from my solo exhibition in Berlin. Gallery Taik, Bergstr. 22. There until March 3rd 2012.
January 2nd 2012
Happy 2012! My new year begins with a solo show at Gallery Taik in Berlin, opening on the 26th of January. Welcome!
November 16th 2011
In Paris – again! This is the third time I've spent the last, dark months of the year in residence at Cité des Arts. Last week I took part in my very first book signing, in an event called OffPrint, which is a kind of photo book spin-off of Paris Photo. Apart from socializing, I've been busy thinking of starting the work on new images.... just don't quite know yet what its going to be.
Off Print Paris 2011. The guy next to me is photographer Taj Forer, looking temporarily exhausted by the number of signatures we had to bring ourselves to write...
September 5th 2011
Welcome to the opening reception of my exhibition at Photographic Gallery Hippolyte on Thursday 8th September, at 5.00-7.30 p.m.
Tervetuloa Valokuvagalleria Hippolyteen näyttelyni avajaisiin ja kirjan julkistamiseen torstaina 8.9. klo 17-19.30!
To celebrate the publication of Ida Pimenoff's first monograph A Shadow at the Edge of Every Moment of the Day there will be discussion from 5-5.30 p.m. In conversation with the artist will be novelist Joel Haahtela and visual artist Heli Hiltunen. (Discussion in Finnish).
Ida Pimenoff's exhibition A Shadow at the Edge of Every Moment of the Day consists of photographs taken over the past 6 years. The images depict misty cityscapes, seashores at dusk, reflections, and human characters whose faces are hidden in the shadows. A dreamlike atmosphere unifies the images.
The works in this exhibition draw from photography's particular ability to simultaneously show both visible reality and the subconscious reality which lies underneath. In her work, Ida Pimenoff attempts to depict a person's inner world . Through photography she tries to give form to the most private of dreams and memories but also to painful losses. Her work tries to express something that in fact cannot be expressed. This unattainability gives the exhibition an air of tender melancholy.
August 8th 2011
This afternoon FedEx brought me a test version of my book, or a hand-bound sample by the bookbinder. The book can also already be found on Amazon, Adlibris and other online sellers, but it wont be out before September.
August 2nd 2011
Today a group exhibition– my first in the US – opens at Corden|Potts Gallery in San Francisco. Check it out!
August 1st 2011
The book – my book!!!– that I have been working on for over a year now is nearly finished. Last week we finished the printing near Heidelberg, Germany. Now the pages have been taken to the bookbinder and the binding should take about a week... can't wait so see the real, final book in just a few days! Working on the book has been a lot more work than I ever would've expected, but it has also been really, really rewarding. I feel that with a book you can do something different, something more intimate than with an exhibition. Also, a book will last longer; someone – a total stranger –can find my book on a shelf somewhere in 2036 and look at the pictures and feel as if they were taken the day before.
While working on the book I have got to know some wonderful people I wouldn't have come across otherwise. Joel Haahtela, a Finnish novelist, wrote a beautiful short story to go along with my images. Also, everybody at Kehrer Verlag, my German publisher, have been extremely supportive and extremely professional. Throughout the printing process I always felt it wasn't just in my interest to make the book as good as possible, it was in everybody's interest. So during the process I never felt alone but in stead protected by a group of professionals – who also happen to be very nice people. Thank you!
The proud artist at the printing house (photo by Jürgen Hofmann).
Untitled (two women), 2011. 80 x 100 cm.
Working on new images and an exhibition and a book. Everything should be ready by September – I will keep you posted!
November 24th 2010
I'm in Paris, at an artistic residency in Cité internationale des Arts. This year its much colder, a little less exciting and a great deal easier than last year (I came here for the first time in Nov-Dec 2009). November is such a busy month in Paris for a photographer: there's Mois de la Photo with dozens of photo exhibitions, openings and other events, Paris Photo Fair, FotoFest portfolio reviews – you name it. If my residency follows the same pattern as last year, November will be very busy and social and not a lot of work gets done but many glasses of wine will be drunk. December will be quieter, lonelier, a little melancholy, and I will make lots of new images.
The most interesting things/shows/happenings in Paris so far: Sophie Calle's powerful and touching installation Rachel, Monique in Palais de Tokyo, finding End of an Age by Paul Graham (from 1999) at the book store in Le Bal – I have grown to love Graham's work just as I've grown to love Wolfgang Tillman's work (both of whose photographs I absolutely detested back in the 1990's). Also finding Calle's Hasselblad Prize catalogue with her autograph – I got the second last copy! Finally, getting to meet interesting new people and hanging around with some I already knew a little.
Skenet.fi:ssä julkaistu Mikko Orasen arvio näyttelystä löytyy täältä.
September 23rd 2010
After several months of really hard work it has been incredibly satisfying to finally see the works on the wall. Some images from the opening reception (courtesy of Vilma Pimenoff and K. Neugodov). Thank you all for coming – you made me so happy!
September 14th 2010
Opening of my solo exhibition at Galleria Huuto Viiskulma in Helsinki – my first solo show in nearly 4 years. You are most welcome to celebrate with me starting from 6 p.m.!
August 28th 2010
Don't miss your chance to buy interesting works of art (including some of my mine) at Art Fair Suomi, Finland's most versatile sales exhibition of contemporary art. Cable Factory from August 28th until September 5th.
Beginning work on a book with Musta Taide. If everything goes well the book will come out in 2011. Will keep you posted about the process.
Photo Folio Review at Les Rencontres d'Arles. Among the experts I met – and who all gave me excellent advice and for the most part very positive feedback – were Emma Blau from Camera Press, Bill Kouwenhoven from HotShoe International, Irène Attinger from MEP, Alexa Becker from Kehrer Verlag, William Hunt, Hannah Watson from Trolley books, Dewi Lewis from Dewi Lewis Publishing, Alain Willaume and Hossein Farmani.
July 6th 2010
Launch of my new web site – finally! Big thanks to Tero and Ilkka for making it happen.