Salla Tykkä

Ehdokas 2005

born 1973 in Helsinki, lives in Helsinki

Salla Tykkä has used film, video and photography in her works. She investigates human sexual identity, becoming an adult and relationships with the surrounding world from a woman’s perspective. The works are at times brutal, even frightening. The people in them are fictive: a woman hates herself, her own body, her own life. The main character resists, wrestles with her own obsessions, she is a beast extending its claws, she is covered in thick fur.

The main character in the works is often a young woman who is seeking her self on the borders of the dreamlike. She suddenly finds it impossible to grasp what is happening around her, to her. Since no answers are to be found, the world crumbles to pieces.

In her short films Tykkä has used references to various film genres. She has allowed the films to affect the viewer’s consciousness in the background, to combine the previously seen with new material. Of course, this is also a matter of role playing. Woman is traditionally the object of the gaze, but in Tykkä’s works she can battle for power in a boxing ring, shed blood without concern, fighting the gender war physically, concretely.

Pirjo Hämäläinen & Salla Tykkä

Born in 1973, Helsinki, Finland.
Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.

Education

1995-2003
The Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, MA
1992
Graduated from Secondary School of Visual Arts

Solo Exhibitions

2004
Finnish Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany
Fact, Liverpool, UK
Cave, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark

2003
Happy Days, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
The Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee, US
Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico
Distance, Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Cave, Tramway, Glasgow, UK
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, US

2002
Thriller, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Pain, Pleasure, Guilt, Bawag – Foundation, Vienna, Austria
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
ArtUnlimited, Basel, Switzerland
Hidden Forces, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France

2001
Lasso, Delfina Project Space, London, UK

1999
Power, Studio Mezzo, Helsinki, Finland

1997
Healthy Young Female, Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland

Group Exhibitions

2004
Down Here, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
Nuclear war, Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany
Gokann, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Collection Lambert, Avignon, France

2003
Girl’s night out, OCMA, US
Girls don’t cry, Tokyo, Japan
Transparente, Rome, Italy
New Realities, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden

2002
Edstrandska Nordiska Stipendium, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden
Power, Casino, Luxembourg
Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Lithuanian Triennial, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania
Greyscale/CMYK, Tramway, Glasgow, UK
Kenen jäljillä?, Salo Art Museum, Salo, Finland
Fantasies, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
Beyond Paradise, Bangkok, Thailand / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2001
Trans Sexual Express, Budapest, Hungary / A Coruña, Spain
Voltti, The Lönnström Art Museum / Rauma Art Museum, Rauma /
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
Identity, Oulu Art Museum, Oulu, Finland
Trans Sexual Express, Barcelona, Spain
La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Rock the Campo, Venice, Italy
BIDA, Valencia, Spain

2000
Master Degree Show, The Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland

1999
Beauty Queens, Art Centre Ahjo, Joensuu, Finland

1998
ArtGenda Retro, Stadtgallerie Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Intimacies, Rethymnon Centre for Contemporary Art, Greece
The Nude and the Masked, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
ArtGenda, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

Selected Film and Video Festivals and Screenings

Cave (trilogy) – 2003
2004
Festival Internacional de Curtas Metragens de Vila Conde, Vila do Conde, Portugal
Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland
Meeting House Square, Dublin, Ireland
2003
Enzimi Festival, Rome, Italy Pompidou Centre, Paris, France
Tribeca Film Festival, New York, US

Cave – 2003
2003
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Thriller – 2001
2004
Playlist, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2003
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Legende, Kino Arsenal, Berlin / Filmhaus Kino, Köln, Germany
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany
Platform, Istanbul, Turkey
Borås Konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
2002
Locarno Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland
Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Meeting House Square, Dublin, Ireland

Lasso – 2000
2003
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Platform, Istanbul, Turkey
Borås Konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
2002
Locarno Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland
Festival Internacional de Cine Documental y Cortometraje de Bilbao, Spain
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany
Canadian Film Centre’s World Wide Short Film Festival, Canada
S Media City Artate / Hot, Ontario, Canada
Meeting House Square, Dublin, Ireland
Impakt Highlights, a touring venue in Europe
2001
Video Art Plastic, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie, France
Shorts festival, Netherlands
Impakt festival, Netherlands
2000
Buenos Aires Bienal, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Video garden, Helsinki, Finland

Power – 1999
2004
Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
2003
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Platform, Istanbul, Turkey
Borås Konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
2002
Blick, a touring venue in Europe
2001
Shoot on tour, a touring venue in Sweden
Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2000
S Media City Artate / Hot, Ontario, Canada
Unimovie Festival, Pescara, Italy
Avanca 2000, Spain
16th International Hamburg Short Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany
Jonctions IV, Brussels, Belgium
Short Spring Festival, Helsinki, Finland
Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland
Shoot – Festival, Malmö, Sweden

Bitch – 1997
2003
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Platform, Istanbul, Turkey
Borås Konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
2000
Stuttgart Film Winter, Germany
1999
Living room – Festival, Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland

My Hate is Useless – 1996
2003
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Platform, Istanbul, Turkey
Borås Konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
1998
Femmedia, Stockholm, Sweden
French – Baltic – Nordic Video and New Media Festival, Tallinn, Estonia
Salon of Young Artist, Croatia
Videonale, Berlin, Germany
1997
Short Spring Festival, Helsinki, Finland
1996
Biennal for Audiovisual Art, Lahti, Finland

Prizes and Nominations

Edstrandska Nordiska – Stipendium, Sweden 2002
DZ Bank -Prize, Germany 2002
Honourable Mention (Lasso), S Media City 8 Artate / Hot, Ontario, Canada 2002
Nomination for Gilles Dusein Prize, France 2001

Selected Bibliography (publications)

Bernhard Fibicher ”Interfaces”, Salla Tykkä, Bern: Kunsthalle Bern and Vienna: Bawag Foundation 2002, pp 20-23;
Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt ”Salla Tykkä: A Reverse Chronology”, Salla Tykkä, Helsinki: The Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, NIFCA publication 09, 2001, pp 3-7;
Leevi Haapala ”Vertical Loops and Propassion in Salla Tykkä’s Lasso”, Venice: La Biennale di Venezia, Plateau of Humankind, Electa, 2001, p 276;
Francis McKee ”Salla Tykkä Talks to Francis McKee About Her Recent Works During the Making of Thriller”, Salla Tykkä, Helsinki: The Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, NIFCA publication 09, 2001, pp 11-44;
Francis McKee ”if you close your eyes”, Cave – Salla Tykkä, Dublin: Meeting House Square 2004.
James Rondeau ”Power + Play”, Salla Tykkä, Bern; Kunsthalle Bern and Vienna; Bawag Foundation, 2002, pp 10-15;
Hanna Timonen ”Salla Tykkä”, Greyscale/CMYK, Helsinki: The Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, NIFCA publication 14, 2002, pp 50-51;
Marianne Torp ”Dualpositions”, Salla Tykkä – Cave, Copenhagen: Statens Museum for Kunst, 2004, pp 26-42;
Salla Tykkä ”Lasso”, Trans Sexual Express, Barcelona: Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, 2001, p 177;
Salla Tykkä ”Cave”, Salla Tykkä – Cave, Copenhagen: Statens Museum for Kunst, 2004, pp 6-7;