Bio Renja Leino b.1958 in Kaarina, Finland. She was studying in Sweden at Uppsala University 1980–1984 (psychology, dramatic, aesthetics). Photography assistant for Lars Nyström/ Köhler 1994-1996. She graduated 1990 from Konstfack in Stockholm, University College of Art, Craft and Design, Photography 1996-1990. Exchange student in Helsinki at TAIK, dep. of photography 89-90.
Works in collections:
The State Art Collection of Finland, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki City Art Museum, EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Turku City Art Collection, Gallery Harmonia, T-hospital Turku University Hospital, IPRN Changing Faces, Sunderland University, Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, Private.
Her works has been shown in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally: UK, Sweden, Baltic countries, Central America, Germany, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia etc.
Besides photography and video Leino has done several experimental installations in a public space: End of Euphoria 2003, Sea Frills 2011 Flux Aura as part of Turku 2011 EU Capital of Culture as also Contemporary Art Archipelago, CAA 2011 a sound work about stories of wind (Finnish-Swedish 7hours 55min) presented in CAA radio 24/7 radio channel 89,9Mhz 24/7 by ferries. Wind sound work was also installated in Utö Light House.
Enviromental art/ Site specific works at Barefoot Path enviromental art event in Korpo which was founded 2012: Mirror installation in Korpo Greenery on Loan 2012 -2015 and Relativity of Time. www.barfotastigen.com
Birds Pub OnLine installation in Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum in Turku. Solo show Birds Pub Vol.2. Nature Is. 2013. Vol.3. Night Club 2015.
Series Absent Minds, 2005-2015 and
Just Anybody 2007- photographed by the first mobile phone cameras focusing on the phenomena of the digital invasion and its effects into our lives.
A Photography book BEING/ Olio from a long documentary project was published 2008 by TAIDE OY, essay Just One Shot by Harri Laakso (english-Finnish).
Currently - since 1998 - Renja Leino works as a senior lecturer in Fine Arts Degree Program at Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences. She was Head of Department of photography 1998–2004 and 2010.
She is living in Finland on Korpo island in Turku archipelago since 1990.
2015 started the international AARK Archipelago Art Residency in Korpo. AARK is founded by Leino with her husband Bengt Andersson. She is coordinator/ artistic leader.
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