Tuomo Kangasmaa is a Finnish visual and media artist who is interested in the cross-over of performance, documentary and traditional film. Recently Kangasmaa has focused on traditional cinematic expression, using combinations of different techniques and mediums from the fine arts. Key elements of his artistic process include a micro–historical method that investigates large questions in small places and the malleable character of memory. He looks for a certain aesthetic that is at the border of the recognizable and unrecognizable.
Kangasmaa has graduated from the Institute of the Arts in Arnhem (ArtEZ) and the Institute of Design and Fine Arts in Lahti, and he works and lives in Oulu. His works have been presented at exhibitions and screenings in Finland and abroad, such as the Kiasma museum of contemporary art in Helsinki and the Exis festival in Seoul, South Korea.
During his KulttuuriKauppila Artist-in-Community residency period in Utajärvi, Kangasmaa is working on artistic environmental research together with groups of service users of the Oulunkaari joint authority. Through his work at the residency, Kangasmaa aims to highlight the importance of personal experience, and to create space for multisensory experiencing of the environment.