Patrik Aarnivaara (b. 1977) is interested in the interaction between the viewer and optical instruments, employing sculpture and photo-based works to explore the act of observation. He situates his sculptures in landscapes or gallery spaces. They are reminiscent of camera equipment that reflects, filters or mirrors light and images of a place. Mounted on tripods, they are mobile and easily disassembled, like tools with interchangeable parts which can be used for various purposes: as projection surfaces or props for a photo session. The point of departure for his photo-based works is often architecture. Through walks and visits he explores how buildings affect a viewer in motion and function as ocular tools.
During his residency Aarnivaara works together with Maija Rudovska.