25.06. – 29. 07.2021
screening Lindenstrasse 35 Berlin,
daily 9 pm -12 am

Saara Ekström

Saara Ekström
Born 1965 in Turku, Finland.
Lives and works in Turku, Finland

Saara Ekström works in film, photography, text and installation. She is drawn to associative narratives, where reality and fiction, growth and withering, the seductive and repulsive challenge each other. Chronotopes where time and place densify, time itself that nurtures and erodes, the ambivalent desire to both remember and forget are at the core of her art. Ekström’s work has been shown extensively in various museums and festivals in Europe, the Americas and Asia.


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021
Biblion, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland

2020
Amnion, Ars Nova Museum, Turku

2018
Amnion, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
Body All Eyes, Gallery Sinne, Helsinki, Finland

2017
Amplifier, Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland
Amplifier, Pori Art Museum, Rappu, Finland

2016
Alchemy, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland
Alchemy, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden

2014
Careless Water, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, USA
The Ever-Changing Portrait – feat. Saara Ekström, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

2011
Limbus, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Limbus, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland
Rosario, Turku Castle, Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture, Finland

2010
Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, USA    
Excess and Ascesis, Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland
Memory Traces, Galerie Kuma, Berlin, Germany

2009
Metamorphose, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan,

2008
A Single Charm is Doubtful, Galerie Centrum, Graz, Austria
Liquid Life, The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden

2006
Grotesque & Arabesque, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki,
Grotesque & Arabesque, Galeria do Lago, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021
Wild/Schön, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany


2020
Meadow, Onoma, Fiskars, Finland
Still Still Life, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
Inanimate Life and Dead Nature, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland

2019

Videonale 17 – Refracted Realities, Bonn, Germany
Earth Rights, Turku Art Hall, Finland
Four Elements, Turku Art Museum, Finland

2018

No Ordinary Moments, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland
Nature Morte, Guildhall Art Gallery, London, GB

2017

Abundance and Ephemerality, Kadriorg Art Museum, Estonia
12 Classics, Helsinki Contemporary, Finland
Nature Morte, National museum, Wrocław, Poland

2016
Kiasma’s Collection Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Luscious Thrills, Gammel Holtegaard, Denmark

2014
ISCP Fall Open Studios, Brooklyn, NYC, USA
The Big Picture, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

2013
Settlement, E.B.A, Ottawa, Canada
Street Life, Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland

2012
Alice in Wonderland, ECCO, Cádiz, Spain
Festival Voies Off Arles 2012, Arles, France
The Seventh Wave – Wihuri and Visual Art, Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland

2011
Reflective Shadow, Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund, Denmark
Carnegie Art Award 2010, Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland

2010
Stressed Beauty, Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Memory Traces, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany
Carnegie Art Award 2010, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm

2009    
Carnegie Art Award 2010, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
Glow, Richard Levy gallery, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Finnish Contemporary Art, Gothenburg Art Museum, Sweden
Four Finnish Cut Outs, Borås Art Museum, Borås, Sweden
Surface, Turku Biennial 2009, Ars Nova, Turku, Finland

2008     
Incertitude de la Vision, Tour&Taxis, Brussels, Belgium
Brave New World, Galerie Mánes, Prague, Czech

2007
Meanwhile, Stroom Contemporary Art Centre, The Hague, Netherlands
Come Ashore, 12 th International Environment Art Symposium, Geoje Art Centre, South Korea

2006
Light and Shadow, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
Ephemeral - a flash for eternity, Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Japan
Drawing Lust – drawing in digital times, Kunsthalle Lophem, Belgium

2004
Buitenspel, GEM - The Hague Museum of Contemporary Art, Netherlands
Love Me or Leave Me, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland
The Garden of Eden, Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland (catalogue)


SELECTED FILM FESTIVALS

2021
CPH:DOX Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark


2020
Love & Anarchy Film Festival, featuring works with Heikki Kossi, Helsinki, Finland,
33rd Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille, France


2019
Sheffield International Film Festival, UK
Edinburgh IFF, Edinburgh, Scotland
AV-arkki catalogue, ISFF Oberhausen, Germany
23. Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Jihlava, Czech

2018
XV DocumentaMadrid, Madrid, Spain
IFF Pacific Meridian, Vladivostok, Russia
22nd Intl. Video Festival Videomedeja, Novi Sad, Serbia
AV-arkki catalogue, ISFF Oberhausen, Germany
Pori Film Festival, Finland
Rex-fest, Bio Rex, Helsinki, Finland

2017

Stage festival, Taanila-Vainio-Ekström, Korjaamo, Helsinki, Finland Pixelimuraali, Turku, Finland

2016

20. Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech


AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

2018
AVEK Media Art Award

2017
Art Prize of Southwest Finland

2015
Arts Council of Finland, 5-year working grant

2011
The Environmental Structure of the Year, Turku City Library Public Work

2010-2011
Wihuri Foundation, studio award

2010
Nomination for Carnegie Art Award

2002
Nomination for Ars Fennica

1996
Matrix International Exhibition Award





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