Toni Vallasjoki: Process: Summer 23

Edition: 1/1
Year: 2023
Dimensions: 4 x 80 x 60 cm (P x K x L)
Archival pigment print mounted on aluminium, artist’s frame, birch, museum glass.

Location: Photographic Gallery Hippolyte (Yrjönkatu 8-10, 00120 Helsinki)

From the exhibition: Y
11 May–2 June 2024
Photographic Gallery Hippolyte

The starting point of Toni Vallasjoki’s work often revolves around spatial questions and particularly his interest in how people experience and define time. He contemplates where, when, and why the space is formed, what it contains, and what remains outside. Additionally, he considers  how to guide the gallery visitors to navigate the exhibition in desired manner. These questions have defined the direction for the exhibition Y at the Photographic Gallery Hippolyte. In preparing the exhibition, Vallasjoki has approached the space by splitting it into parts. Through experimentation, addition, subtraction, repetition, and iterative processes, he has sought to understand how the exhibition space thinks.

About the artist: Toni Vallasjoki (b. 1984) works with spatiality, sculpture, and lens-based media. His artistic practice involves experimenting with various tools, aiming to expand into new practices. The exhibition marks Vallasjoki’s fourth solo exhibition in Finland. Previous solo exhibitions include Notes on Space (Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, 2022), Click, Click (Project Room, Helsinki, 2020), and Kiertokulkemia/Travelogues (Valokuvakeskus Nykyaika, Tampere, 2018). Vallasjoki received his MFA in 2021 from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki, from the study programme  of Time and Space.