Salla Tykkä

  • Professor, Tila-aikataide, Academy of Fine Arts
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Salla Tykkä (b. 1973) is a visual artist who uses film and photography in her works. Her films are often simplified scenes that delve into the structures of the human mind and society, as well as the interplay between them. The main motivation and the main themes discussed in Tykkä’s works are the need to change the world and our ways of looking at the world. Her thesis project at the Academy of Fine Arts, Lasso (2000), depicts a short moment of a character watching someone else, a traditionally constructed film scene which grows into an allegory of the private colliding with the public, the inner colliding with the outer world. These themes have been recurring in her body of works up until the present day. 

Tykkä has had many solo exhibitions in different museums and galleries, such as: Galerie Anhava (Helsinki, 2015), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle, 2013), Hayward Gallery: Project Space (London, 2010), Bonniers Konsthall (Stockholm, 2007). She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, including: Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Yekaterinburg, 2015), The Mystery of Tears (The Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, 2013), Nothing in the World But Youth (Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2011), Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal(Montréal, 2007). Her films are a frequent addition to film festivals.

In 2010 and 2011, Tykkä served as the Professor of Moving Image at the Academy of Fine Arts.