Ulla-Mari Lindström (b.1967)
is a photographic and media artist from Kuopio. In the 1990s, she lived in Amsterdam, where she studied photography and painting at Gerrit Rietveld Academy. She has also studied photography at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Ulla-Mari is interested in the natural sciences and she is fascinated by the beauty and transience of organic matter and the idea that we are all part of evolution here and now. “I watch nature documentaries on television and wonder if the seal, penguin or elephant seal is in an intermediary stage of its evolution, going into the water or coming out of it. And what will happen to humans when sea levels rise. Will we have time to evolve to adapt to life under water?” The absurdity and humour of things and events fascinate the artist. Inspiration for a piece can be found in a news item or an everyday event. The atmosphere of an artwork can arise from a film or an idea can come from a dance performance. Ulla-Mari's means of expression are photography, the moving image and the techniques of printmaking. At the M_itä? Biennale of Contemporary Art at the Kuopio Art Museum she will present an installation that is a continuation of her works exploring and commenting on the state of nature. It is based on moving images and objects that connect the work to the world of animals and plants.
Photos: Harri Heinonen