Rutanen Jenna

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Rutanen Jenna



Finnish-born photographer Jenna Rutanen (Vesanto, 1987) graduated with a bachelor's degree (upper second-class honours) in photographic arts from the University of Westminster, London in 2012. After relocating to the Netherlands in 2013, she continued her studies in Leiden University graduating with a master's degree in Film and Photography in 2015. Moving between different countries and feeling the sense of otherness has largely impacted her photographic work in which she is often searching for a connection with people and capturing the constantly changing surroundings. The work is also influenced by japanese aesthetics - especially the concept of Wabi-Sabi that is the acceptance of transience and imperfection. All photographs go against the prevailing idea of photographic perfection in digital age. In her experimental photography she has taken this idea even further by using different chemicals to manipulate and destroy film negatives. Experimentation with and mis-use of photographic processes questions photography as a vehicle of depiction, capacity for memory and photographic value. This way of working has also brought a little bit of magic back in photography which she enjoys enormously.


2013-2015 M.A in Film and Photography, University of
Leiden, The Netherlands

2011-2012 B.A Honours in Photographic Arts, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
2.1 degree.

2009-2011 Foundation degree in Professional photography, City of Westminster 
College, London. 

Upcoming exhibitions

2019 New Dutch Photography Talent 

2018 Traces, Affordable Art Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Solo Exhibitions 

2018 Metamorphosis, Home of Art, Den Haag, Netherlands 

2016 Poetry without words, Piece of Finland, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015 Scandinavische Oktober at Branoul Theater, The Hague, Netherlands 

2014 Photography exhibition "Roots" at Theater Ins Blau, Leiden, Netherlands

Group Exhibitions

2018 Coca-cola and sunshine, Minna Canthin talo, Kuopio. Finland

2017 Juuret(on)-Ars Liberan jäsennäyttely, Kellarigalleria, Suonenjoki, Finland

2016 PS16- Regional Exhibition of Northern Savo Photography, VB Photographic centre,
Kuopio, Finland

2015 Het Kunsternaarsbal 2015, Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, 

2014 Global Mix, Valmed group exhibition, Centre of Arts Mylly, Kuopio, Finland

2014 Opening Van Het Culturele Jaar 2014, Peter Klashorst Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2013 God shave the Queen, Peter Klashorts Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2012 The annual photography competition of Finnish camera club, Kuopio, Finland

2012 Free Range show, Old Truman Brewery-gallery, London, UK

2011 Free Range show, Old Truman Brewery-gallery, London, UK 

2010 The Bar gallery, London, UK

2010 The Crate gallery, London, UK


2014-present Freelancer photographer/ Artist

2010-2011 Gallery-assistent at Willesden gallery, London, UK

2010 Intern at FMG, London, UK

2010 Gallery-assistant at Lingering whispers exhibition at St Pancras
Church, London, UK


Valmed Ry
Ars Libera