My name is Henna Mattila (b. 1990, Kauhajoki, Finland) and I'm a Finnish photographer, visual artist and arts educator. I'm based in Rovaniemi, Finland and in Haparanda, Sweden. The main focus of my work is on my artistic practice and arts education, and I actively work on personal projects and art-based community projects, both nationally and internationally. I'm available for commissions in Finland, Sweden, UK and around the world. For any inquiries or to say hello, please send an email to info@hennamattila.com
Olen Henna Mattila (s. 1990, Kauhajoki), valokuvaaja, kuvataiteilija ja kuvataidekasvattaja. Asun ja työskentelen Rovaniemellä ja Ruotsin Haaparannassa. Työni pääpainopisteet ovat omassa taiteellisessa työskentelyssäni sekä kuvataidekasvatuksessa, ja työskentelen aktiivisesti omien projektieni ja taideperustaisten yhteisöprojektien kanssa, sekä kansallisesti että kansainvälisesti. Olen käytettävissä Suomessa, Ruotsissa, Isossa-Britanniassa ja ympäri maailmaa. Jos sinulla on kysyttävää tai vain tervehdys, voit lähettää minulle sähköpostia osoitteeseen info@hennamattila.com
Jag heter Henna Mattila (f. 1990, Kauhajoki, Finland) och jag är fotograf, bildkonstnär och bildlärare. Jag bor och arbetar i Rovaniemi, Finland och i Haparanda. Huvudfokus för mitt arbete är min konstnärliga praktik och konstutbildning, och jag arbetar aktivt med personliga projekt och konstbaserade samhällsprojekt, både nationellt och internationellt. Jag är tillgänglig för uppdrag i Finland, Sverige, Storbritannien och runt om i världen. För eventuella förfrågningar eller för att säga hej, vänligen skicka ett mejl till info@hennamattila.com

STATEMENT
Henna Mattila's art investigates the relationship between memory and landscape, and the aesthetics of landscape and nature. Combining the analogue techniques of photomontage with digital printing processes, the images depict fragmented landscapes creating a sense of melancholia. The work questions how identity is created through an individual's surroundings, through the separation from, and then return back to familiar environments that, "seem different and yet somehow the same".
The artworks have been created combining landscape and nature photography, creating the aesthetics of exploring the personal nostalgic experience of returning to the landscapes of significant personal attachment. The images are without human element but evoke the feeling of a lone presence.
The pictures are an attempt to visualise the landscapes as places to visit without destination when exploring the definition of self, while having sharpening perception towards one's surroundings. The images are a celebration of the beauty found in the silent details of nature and changes of colour, light and season. The several series of images are individual chapters of separate visual approaches to the same questions of identity, aimless wanders in nature and how one exists in relationship to their surroundings and to themselves.

EDUCATION
2019- MA Art Education, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
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Cultural History, Art History & Philosophy
2017 Cambridge CELTA, Concorde International, Canterbury, UK
2013-2014 MA Curatorial Practice, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, UK

2010-2013 BA (Hons) Photography, Contemporary Practice, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, UK

2009-2010 Foundation degree in traditional photography, Västra Nylands Folkhögskola, Karis, Finland

2006-2009 Baccalaureate, Kauhajoki Upper Secondary School, Kauhajoki, Finland

AWARDS & GRANTS
Kauhajoki Culture Foundation, Kauhajoki, Finland, 2020

Winner of Magnum & Photo London Graduate Photographer Award, London, UK, 2015

FreshFaced + WildEyed 2014 Award, The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK, 2014

SELECTED ONLINE FEATURES & PRESS
DER GREIF, The Telegraph, Humble Arts Foundation, Time, Fotografia Magazine, 
Eyes on Talent, You Can See, CreativeReview, HotShoe, Source

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Young Arctic Artists, Galleria Napa & Mustanapa, Rovaniemi, Finland, 2021
Revitalisation, Galleria Valo, Arktikum Museum & Science Centre, Rovaniemi, Finland, 2021
Art is Something Much More Dangerous, Horsebridge Gallery, Whitstable, UK, 2018
DER GREIF A Process 2.0, Krakow Photo Month, Krakow, Poland, 2016
Online Group Show 48: Winter Pictures, Humble Arts Foundation, New York City, USA, 2016
Magnum & Photo London Graduate Photographer Award Screening, Somerset House, London, UK, 2015

MA Degree Show, University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, UK, 2014

FreshFaced + WildEyed 2014, The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK, 2014

A Response to The Nature of The Landscape, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, 2013

Graduate show, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, UK, 2013

’The Wrong Side Photography Exhibition’ Group exhibition, Deaf Cat Pop Up Shop, Rochester, UK, 2012

’L’art pour l’art’ Photography exhibition, Culture Club Still Standing, Seinäjoki, Finland, 2011

’VNF – Fotokonst’ Group exhibition, Art Café & Pub SerendiPity, Karjaa, Finland, 2010

’VNF – Fotokonst / Webdesign’ Group exhibition, Galleri Zebra, Karjaa, Finland, 2010

MEMBERSHIPS
The Finnish Union of Photography Artists
The Artists’ Association of Lapland, Finland

REPRESENTED BY
Millennium Images, London, UK 
https://www.milim.com/
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