Aki-Pekka Sinikoski (FIN), 7/2016

Aki-Pekka Sinikoski is known as a versatile portrait photographer whose work has been exhibited both in Finland and abroad.
Astrid and Aki-Pekka Sinikoski: Ghosts Watching Over Me. 2016. Photo: Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

Sinikoski studied at Kunstakademiet at Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen, Norway, and received his master’s degree from Aalto University, Finland. His major at Aalto University was photography and his minor was economics. His best known works include “Finnish Teens”, “MJ” and “Last Machos”. Sinikoski has been the executive producer and curator at the Helsinki Biennial exhibition since 2006.

Aki-Pekka Sinikoski held the KulttuuriKauppila residency with his daughter Astrid in July 2016. During the residency the father and daughter continued their project “Ghosts watching over me”, initiated as early as 2012. The photographer and his daughter have studied ghosts in different parts of the world since 2013. They soon learned that there are ghosts living quite close to us: under our beds, in air-raid shelters of apartment buildings and in our subconsciousnesses. A feature in common to all ghosts seems to be that they arise from fear and disappear in bright light.

During their field work, the father and daughter realised that the more ghosts they learned to know, the less daunted they felt themselves. When they talked with ghosts, they noticed that ghosts too were fearful. There is a myth among ghosts that the camera steals the model’s soul. The Sinikoskis helped ghosts understand that the matter is actually the opposite. “Light only exposes to the camera what there is. As long as we study only what we see, nobody actually knows who we truly are. All that time we are only mirrors, monsters or invisible to each other”.

The ghost study by the Sinikoskis will be published in 2050, and it is expected to win several scientific and artistic awards. Before that, there will be many photo exhibitions in different parts of the world. These exhibitions will depict the father–daughter relationship and tell about their fears, dreams and daydreams.

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