Sallamari Rantala (FIN) 8/2021

Sallamari Rantala is a Finnish visual artist working in North Finland and Lithuania.

Sallamari Rantala’s work can be described as experimental field research, and design with collected materials, knowledge and meanings. Her research is mainly focused on questions of how people learn and transfer knowledge of the material reality. On the background there is a realisation of the idea, that encounterings and ways of producing knowledge are often very humanistic and extractivistic. In order to challenge herself and the situation, the artist collects and forms the stories and materials of the terrain into visual form, often playing around with different ways of knowing.

Rantala has studied for example at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and Turku Academy of Arts. For a long time Rantala has also been an active member of the Mustarinda society and worked as a coordinator and educator in projects focusing on ecological rebuilding and the diversity of nature and culture.

During her residency stay in Ii, Rantala continued work on a series of works focusing on the knowledge of nature. In addition, she worked on an essay relating to this project and familiarized herself with the local culture around nature. Her works were be seen at KulttuuriKauppila in the exhibition Fireplace Between Two Spirals.

Photos: Inka Hyvönen

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