JARNO VESALA

(b. 1977)

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Jarno Vesala is a Finnish contemporary artist born in Rauma in 1977. He currently lives and works in Nokia, Finland. 

Jarno Vesala makes installations, which often consist of empathy inducing, human-like sculpture, sound and projected image. Vesala creates immersive environments that are perplexing, mysterious and unsettling. The work pays with the act of perception, memory and illusion. Recurrent themes are often relate to isolation, loneliness, exclusion and loss which are made manifest and palpable through his rendering.

Vesala graduated as a visual artist at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences' degree program in arts and communication in 2004. She has first exhibited in Tampere in 2003. Vesala's works have been featured in Mänttä's art festivals 2008, Kluuvin galleria 2009, Pirkanmaa triennial 2009 and 2012, Helsinki Art Museum 2011 and Forum Box 2012. He was selected as the Finnish Young Artist of the Year in 2013. In 2014, Vesala won the Turku Biennale Prize with his work with Krister Gråhn. In addition Vesala has featured in numerous exhibitions internationally including 'Out of Our Heads' curated by James Putnam and Vassiliki Tzanakou in 2014, his debut solo exhibition ‘Being There’ at Anima-Mundi in 2016 and the Nordic Delights festival in Soho, London in 2018. Jarno Vesala is represented by Anima-Mundi.