Opening of Exhibition: 21st July 2022
Exhibition running until 27th November 2022
Pepney Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the most recent Solo Exhibition by Vilma Leino entitled HIDE & SEEK opening on 21st July 2022 at 8pm GMT on the gallery's virtual online platform the main website, Facebook Live and Instagram simultaneously. Facebook Live R.S.V.P. link to view the exhibition here: https://fb.me/e/34ldNL0JZ
HIDE & SEEK will welcome you to enter into Vilma Leino's world of photography, that is colourful, thought provoking and other worldly. The artist pushes the boundaries of this medium by exploring compositional aspects through multiple self portraiture.
Vilma Leino is a Finnish born, Berlin based photographer. She was born in 1999 and has been using photography as a medium since 2015. Her work focuses on self-portraiture, which she uses to reflect inner emotions, solitude, memories and personal experiences. In her work, she creates female characters with untold stories and experiments with strong color schemes, composition and human body. The photographs often balance between beauty and horror, and she uses humor as an aspect to lighten up darker subjects. Her photographs are a one-woman show, where being in control and the fear of losing it are in constant dialogue, forming a story about personal growth, where fears are forming into strength.
Vilma states' "I feel the most free version of myself when I am alone in a room with a camera. Creating self-portraits makes me feel liberated and is a way for me to understand the world, myself and everything surrounding me. It is a way to explore, play, have fun and as well it is a way for me to hide, isolate and be alone with my thoughts and feelings. When I’m creating my artwork, the camera is an ally who doesn’t judge. It gives me space to get to know myself through art and experiment with my body, mind and emotions. In my work, I use bright colors to visualize the experiences that aren't describable with words. To clear the mixed thread between strong and mellow, to create clarity to chaotic. I mix quirky details with pastel shades, to create an atmosphere where comedy and horror are welcome to meet each other and tell an untold story that gives the viewer many possible endings. My portraits are stories from inside the household, where daily life turns peculiar and the person we are is in the main spotlight as the one we should learn to love and take care of".
Listen to an Interview about Vilma Leino's art career and art practice with Pepeny Gallery Here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4ZWhoKYs9blZNJQEWQ0svk?si=wP8RVfi7S3WVPbuTyn8cVA
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Invite painting image title; 'How Did It Get In Here', A2, 2021 by Vilma Leino