Renja Leino’s exhibition Darling Sea, consists mainly of new works with the common theme sea.
After swimming in crystal-clear waters … and diving one does not forget, no, but the memory is doing its job and meets all kinds of situations with ice floes fishes sails strong breeze and childhood of gentle ferocious swimming, all the time swimming! The memory still sits on the bottom of the sea with a stone in its lap. Air bubbles burst out of the mouth. Cold sweat when in the middle of the green sage desperatly trying to understand.
Renja Leino is a visual artist working with photography, video and installation. Leino’s first solo show was held in Sweden 1988, at the time B/W darkroom was her passion. In 1990, she graduated from Konstfack – University College of Art Craft and Design in Stockholm. Today she works with contemporary tools on contemporary phenomenon. Leino’s works have been shown in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her art works are included in collections by The Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland State, Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum, Oulu Art Museum, EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art and T-Sairaala.
Leino was appointed senior lecturer in photography at the Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences in 1998. From the beginning, Leino has been a central force developing the photography education at the school. A significant amount of Finland’s professional visual artists and photographers have since graduated from the training program.
Leino has worked within artist in residence programs in Great Britain, Czech Republic and Lithuania. Since 1990, she lives and works on the island of Korpo in Finland. Leino is the co-founder and director of AARK Archipelago Art Residency in Korpo.
This September Leino celebrates her 60th birthday and this year is her 30th year as an artist. The exhibition is supported by Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, Föreningen Konstsamfundet and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
Still from video Darling Sea, 2018