Born and raised in Helsinki, visual artist Anni Leppälä after the graduation from the University of Art and Design, continues to develop her artistic career in the capital of Finland.
As Anni deals with the art of photography for over fifteen years, her subtle pieces of work found its place in various European collections, including Helsinki City Art Museum, Deutsche Bank and The Finnish Institute in London. Her works has been exhibited internationally at the group exhibitions at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Japan (2006), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany (2009), Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid (2011) and Les Rencontres d ́Arles in France (2012) among others.
While looking at her gentle photographs, displaying thick coniferous forest, reddish brown surface of wooden furnitures and pale skin of a young Finnish girl, one can discover the beauty of Scandinavia with its amusing nature and nostalgia. As speaks the artist herself: „In my work I am searching for equivalents to the inner experience from the visible reality. I’m interested in how an image emerges from the visible and how it transforms its subjects in that process. It is a non-linear and layered narrative that can proceed to various directions. I am interested in how the images connect with each other and how those different connections bring up new associations and thoughts.”
„My way of working is an ongoing process where I am constantly adding new pieces in and connecting them with the already existing works. My interest lies in the aim to approach a different ’language’ through associations, connections, interpretations and recognition that also conveys the viewer’s own experiences and memories,” she concludes.