Young Artist of the Year 2019 – Nastja Säde Rönkkö: for your charred bones and restless soul

Ars Nova

This exhibition shows Nastja Säde Rönkkö’s works made in 2019. The works are mostly video installations she combines with drawings, paintings, photographs and objects. This is all born out of the artist’s written work, which acts as a center for the films’ visuals and soundscapes. These verses are defined by potent and personal sensibilities.

Nastja Säde Rönkkö sets out to explore the fundamentals of human existence, including relationships, love, empathy and intimacy. The feelings of dread and powerlessness brought on by the looming threats facing society today can be sensed in her works. They are, however, also tinted with hope and comfort. In her recent works, Rönkkö examines the ways in which the digital age interacts with ideas of power, humane action and the future of humanity itself.

Nastja Säde Rönkkö (b. 1985) is the 35th recipient of the Young Artist of the Year Award. She lives and works in both Helsinki and London. Rönkkö received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2011 from the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Her international career has seen her perform and exhibit works all around the globe.

This exhibition is made in cooperation with Tampere Art Museum.

Nastja Säde Rönkkö: still from video ICELAND, 2019, HD video
Nastja Säde Rönkkö: still from video A Seal Story, 2019, HD video
A view from the exhibition For your charred bones and restless soul. Photo: Jari Nieminen.
A detail from the work Polar Bear, 2019. Photo: Jari Nieminen.