14 Dec 2018


Viivi Nieminen: Things Are Distant Though Near

The places in my photographs are like stages. I provide the backdrop and the scenery, and the viewer puts in the events. Sometimes, the place is no more than the corner of a room, or a door left ajar, into another space.

I am interested in reflections, fog and concealment. Things can be hidden and disguised in many different ways. The waiting, the possibility that something will happen, is prolonged, perhaps becoming an end in itself or an intermediate state.

The landscape is beautiful, but not happy. There is something restless in its indeterminacy. The interior is represented by a patch of wall and a metre of window frame. The view is only partial. It is the viewer that makes it whole.