Elvira Akzigitova (EE/DE) is an experimenter who spends long hours in the dark with a red light, trying to capture the trace of light and its tactile essentials. In addition to traditional analog photography tools and light sources, she also has a rather unusual tool called Violet Wand in her arsenal. By electrifying organic matter with this secret weapon, she succeeds in revealing what is otherwise hidden to the eye, but visible on light-sensitive materials. According to the artist, she works on the edge of photography and painting, just where these two practices meet and blend. Alternative, and at times, antique processes, abstract - inward looking images - Elvira decisively replaces the humanist documentary with a display of photographs presented as themes or events in themselves.
Armands Andže (LV) is a member of Baltic Analog lab artists collective from Riga, Latvia. He is practising analog photography for more than 14 years, and last 7 years focusing mainly on large-format photography, recreating various historic photographic techniques and processes. Mainly working with silver/gelatine emulsions, and dry plate making.
Surabhi Nadig(FI/IN) moved to Helsinki for MA studies in Creative Sustainability at Aalto University. Nadig’s mediums of research-based storytelling have been with photography and writing. Her interests lie in the interconnectedness of culture, economics, and politics of sustainability. In 2021-2022 she has been a participant of AMPI where she started to make films to expand on what photographs cannot capture.
Surabhi is our first artist-in-residence of the Analogue Adventure program.
Paola Fernanda Guzmán Figueroa is a visual artist that mainly works with film, installations and time based arts. Her works reflect and raise themes connected to time changing, migration and transnational objects. When she departed from her home country Colombia to Finland, she left an aquarium at home. Since then, Paola has experimented and included it in her art as a tool for visual and experience encounterings.
Her works have been reviewed by newspapers like Helsingin Sanomat (2021) and Hufvudstadsbladet(2019). She has performed “Timetravel” in Bogotá, Madrid, and Helsinki. Paola is one of the Co-Founders of the artist film collective Kino Club Helsinki that has been running since 2017.
Paola joins us for the Analogue Adventure program.