Ananya Tanttu

(b.1994)


I am a photographer and video artist based between Helsinki and London. My approach is primarily auto-biographical, with an invitation to open interpretation and transpersonal relatability. Self-reflective at its core, my work illustrates a yearning for an element of the sublime in my immediate reality. I sincerely yet playfully depict a visual narrative on both metaphysical and material layers of existence. In seeking out a subjective symbolism, I create a personal mythology of sorts.

My aspiration is for a photograph to transcend a mere representation, and for it to thus echo something of the inherent ritualistic and sacred nature of artwork. It is an everyday means of looking for the infinite in the finite. I find myself most intrigued, triggered and inspired by the natural world, ancient cultures, our societal obsession with images and the human search for meaning and need for belonging. The relationship of human to land, and in turn land to human, is a central question in my artistic research.

An important feature of the presentation of my photographs is their physical installation. Creating a presentation using different materials and models allows me to give images a constructed context in which they are in a direct dialogue with a surrounding. Parallel to that, a performative aspect has taken a big lead in my video work. I step away from behind the camera in order to engage with what Iā€™m capturing, to actively make myself a seen participant of that world.

Alongside my artistic practice, I work extensively within the fields of both moving and still image as collaborative arenas in which I can apply my medium.