Liu Susiraja: Dry Joy

Liu Susiraja: Dry Joy
Library Shelf Location 18.SUSI
Publication Date 2019


Dry Joy by Turku-based artist Iiu Susiraja presents her work from a period of more than ten years. Susiraja creates candid photographs and videos with a sense of warmth and humour. Although she appears in the works herself, they are not self-portraits but rather performances for the lens.

The artist places herself in front of he camera in decidedly ordinary settings along with domestic objects, clothes, cleaning utensils or foodstuff, all of which she manipulates in surprising or “subversive” ways. Susiraja uses food and everyday objects just as some other artist might use paint or clay.

“Many people think that you must be beautiful in a picture. I like to think that the function of art is to tell the truth, that my pictures wouldn’t be truthful if someone else played me in them.”

The works inspire us to see our culturally charged ideas about body image, sexuality and femininity.

Iiu Susiraja (b. 1975) has degrees in textile design and photography from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied 2012–2016. This is her first extensive museum exhibition in Finland. In addition to photographs and videos, it also includes an installation.

ISBN 9789527226535
Quantity 1
Editor Kati Kivinen
Authors Leevi Haapala, Kati Kivinen, Paula Korte
Format Hardback
Publisher Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Related Artist Liu Susiraja
Category Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords Self-portraits, photography
Languages Finnish, English

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