Bio Renja Leino was born 1958 in Kaarina, Finland. She was studying in Sweden at Uppsala University 1980–1984 (psychology, dramatic, aesthetics). She graduated from University College of Art, Craft and Design, Konstfack in Stockholm 1986-90, Photography. Exchange student in Helsinki at TAIK, dep. of photography 89-90.
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.
Works in collections
The State Art Collection of Finland, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki City Art Museum, Gallery Harmonia
T-hospital, Turku University Hospital, IPRN Changing Faces, Sunderland University, Wäinö Aaltonens Museum Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, Private.
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 a radio channel 89,9Mhz 24/7 by ferries. Wind sound work was also installed in Utö Light House.
Enviromental art/ Site specific works at Barefoot Path in the forrest in Korpo: Forrest installation in Korpo Greenery on Loan 2012 -2015 and Relativity of Time. www.barfotastigen.com
Birds Pub OnLine installation in Wäinö Aaltonen 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- are done by a mobile phone camera 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, essay by Harri Laakso (english-Finnish).
Currently 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 with her family in Turku archipelago since 1990.
2015 started international AARK Archipelago Art Residency in Korpo Residency. Together with her husband she is founder and coordinator/ artistic leader.
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