Isabella and Josefin, 2017
From June 15th to September 9th 2018
Centre Culturel Valery Larbaud, Vichy
From November 17th to December 22nd 2017
Finnish Institute in Stockholm, Suède
From September 03rd to October 22nd 2017
Kunstverein KunstHaus Potsdam, Allemagne
From May 27th to August 06th 2017
Exhibition from january 25th to february 2014
Galerie Les filles du calvaire
Born in 1981 in Forssa, Finland
She lives and works in Helsinki
Her timeless portraits of children and young people reveal the fragility of the moment shared with her subject. Palomäki’s photographs deal with the growth, memory, act of posing and our problematic way of seeing ourselves. One of the crucial themes in her portraiture is our mortality. She describes: “We fight against our mortality, denying it, yet photographs are there to prove our inescapable destiny. The idea of getting older is heart-rending.” She is a graduate of Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture in Helsinki.
A portrait remains forever. It is a desperate way to stay connected to someone who, though possibly a stranger, remains so familiar. It is my way of preserving a part of that person, embalming them. Through the portrait I build a relationship with my subject. I carry my subject’s memories with me, memories, as they are, being so intimately connected with photographs. Secretly I study their faces. This is how I remember them. I wonder how they remember me. As the time eats slowly away at us, I still hold these images of them, like they are the only way I ever knew, or will know these people. And that ever pervasive feeling; I met them. They will die and eventually I too will die.