Heli Rekula awarded Finnish Art Society’s Literature Award

Finnish Art Society’s literature award has this year been given to Heli Rekula, Professor of Photography at KHiB, for her artists’ book In Hemingway’s Garden. The Society’s literature award is appointed to works that have significantly furthered art literature and recognition of art in Finland. A release of the book will be presented is Oslo 11 December.

The literature committee writes about their selection as follows: "Photographer Heli Rekula's (b. 1963) book In Hemingway's Garden can be described as chamber music in the genre of fine art literature. In her modest yet beautiful publication, Heli Rekula weaves together her experiences of Ernest Hemingway's home and museum in Florida."

- This is my first artists' book and I am truly honored for the recognition. I want to thank everyone who took part in the making of this book and supported the project, says Heli Rekula.

The book In Hemingway's Garden was released at Helsinki Contemporary on September 29th 2014. The book comprises of two essays and accompanying photographs. The first essay is by the artist and the second by arts researcher, PhD Hanna Johansson. The book is part of an ensemble together with a namesake exhibition, seen at Helsinki Contemporary in August 2013 and later at Norway's Kunsthuset Kabuso in Øystese, Oslo Kunstforening and Fotografisk Center in Denmark.

Oslo Kunstforening will present a release of the book at the Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo on 11 December at 6 pm.

Heli-Rekula.jpgAbout the artist
Heli Rekula (b. 1963) is a Finnish visual artist (b. 1963 in Helsinki) and a full-time Professor of Photography at Department of Fine Art, Bergen Academy of Art and Design since October 2009.

Heli Rekula works in parallel in varied photographic media: photography, video and film. Video also as spatial installation involving sound, built elements and structures. She often combines still photography and moving images within one project and while working around a theme applying an immediate connection to the visual aesthetics between two diverse presentations. The visual aesthetics is often in a discursive relation to the subject matter of each theme.

Heli Reula´s work can be divided into two categories: staged photography and landscape works. The categorisation here originates from two different kinds of practices in the working process.



Published: 12/5/2014 by Kjetil Helland Updated: 3/19/2015 by admin