2016 JULY

Pekka Niittyvirta

Pekka Niittyvirta: Der Himmel über Jerusalem #2, 2014. 110x75cm framed inkjet print. From the series Obliquity.

Pekka Niittyvirta: Der Himmel über Jerusalem #5, 2014. 60x90cm framed inkjet print. From the series Obliquity.

Pekka Niittyvirta is an artist working at the intersection of installation, photography and other imaging technologies. He works concurrently on several projects differing both in aesthetics and contents, forming a body of work that lays critical looks at our socially constructed realities.

“The core of my work lies in observing and recording of the world in its current turning point,” Niittyvirta states. Structures of control are particularly upfront in his work through questions of humanity and environment. One recurring theme throughout Niittyvirta’s recent work is portraying the ways in which nature becomes reduced to either resource or amenity.

Niittyvirta’s current work deals with the subject areas of public surveillance and privacy. Representing the peak of western culture, information society and surveillance, America seems to him like a natural continuation after recently working on these subjects in the Middle East.

Pekka Niittyvirta is FCINY’s artist-in-residence for the month of July. During his time in New York Niittyvirta will work towards the conclusive part of his trilogy Monsters, Dark Mills and Angels.

Pekka Niittyvirta: Untitled (Concrete House), 2013. 100x130cm framed inkjet print. From the series Monsters, Dark Mills & Angels.