SAMI PARKKINEN Limbo 25.5.2019 – 16.6.2019

Leisure Chair No 1, 2019
from series Limbo
pigment print on aluminum
160 x 123 cm
ed 5+2 AP

At our summer house, hidden from reality, in this place that is so cosy and so familiar to us, my mother turns to me. “We are happy, aren’t we?” she asks. “Yes, we are,” comes my response, every time. But am I telling the truth? Are we really happy?

Limbo, the latest series of photographic images created by Sami Parkkinen, is an explora-tion of the way humans perceive happiness. To be in limbo is to find yourself in a liminal state, in a place in-between.  We’re in limbo when we’re faced with a choice, grappling with indecision, anxious about our future.

We’re surrounded by bad news. It’s a sign of the times that we’ve learned to find swift so-lutions to our problems. Or, to be more accurate, we’ve figured out how and where to hide from them. Pointlessly buying more and more things and endlessly watching the Netflix series  might  give temporary relief from ourselves, but the aftertaste is hollow.

We know that we need to take action if we are to break away from this self-perpetuating cycle of disaster we have brought on ourselves. The to-do list is as long as it is urgent. We must: take better care of our planet, eradicate war, eliminate hunger, reduce our carbon footprint and, above all, love one another more and better. 

With a dash of humour and melancholy, Sami Parkkinen’s photographs offer small but in-sightful clues to life’s big questions. The desire to work for the common good should be an in-built human characteristic, but what will it take for all of us to start our own personal revolution? How do we extricate ourselves from the limbo?

At least he tried.

Rasmus Vasli
Gallery Vasli Souza 

Sami Parkkinen (1974–) is a Finnish photographer. He employs photography and sculpture to in-vestigate the human consciousness and the need to rebuild society. Since 2009, he has exhibited at a number of museums and galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2015, Circu-lation(s) – Festival de la Jeune Photographie Européenne, Paris in 2016 and the Finnish Museum of Photography in 2010.  In autumn 2020, the Finnish National Museum’s main exhibition will feature works from Sami Parkkinen’s series Father and Son (2012–2020). Sami Parkkinen’s works can be found in many notable public and private collections, both in Finland and abroad.


 
  • parkkinen/2019/arvi_at7_press

    Arvi at 7, 2019
    from the series Father and Son
    pigment ink print on aluminium
    90 x 67,5 cm
    edition 8+2AP

  • parkkinen/2019/Black_friday_press

    Black Friday, 2019
    from the series Limbo
    pigment print on aluminum
    205 x 149 cm
    edition 5+2AP

  • parkkinen/2019/limbo_master_and_slave_1252

    Master&Slave, 2018
    from the series Limbo
    pigment ink print on aluminium
    97 × 77,5 cm
    edition 5+2AP

  • parkkinen/2019/Raibow_press

    Rainbow, 2019
    from the series Limbo
    Pigment print on aluminum
    160 x 122 cm
    edition 5+2AP

  • parkkinen/2019/New_departure_press

    New Departure, 2019
    from the series Father and Son
    Pigment print on aluminum
    180 x 144 cm
    edition 5+2AP

  • parkkinen/2019/Sami_parkkinen_limbo_2019_uusi

    Limbo, 2019
    from the series Limbo
    Pigment print on aluminum
    126 x 168,5 cm
    edition 5+2AP

  • parkkinen/2019/Marathon_press

    Marathon, 2019
    from the series Limbo
    pigment print on aluminum
    130 x 173 cm
    edition 5+2AP

  • parkkinen/2019/The-Driver_press

    The Driver, 2018
    from the series Limbo
    Pigment print on aluminum
    72,5 x 90 cm
    edition 5+2AP

  • parkkinen/2019/The_old_and_the_young_press

    The Old and the Young, 2019
    from the series Father and Son
    Pigment print on aluminum
    75 x 56,2 cm
    edition 8+2AP

  • parkkinen/2019/tres_enerve_press

    Très énervé, 2017
    From the series Limbo
    Pigment print on aluminium
    97 x 72 cm
    edition 5+2AP

  • parkkinen/2019/Torch_press

    Torch, 2019
    from the series Limbo
    pigment print on aluminum
    30 x 22,5 cm
    edition 10+2AP

 
 
 
 
 
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