Ananya Tanttu

(b.1994)


I am a Helsinki-based photographer and video artist, essentially using lens-based media as a means of creative self-expression. My approach is primarily auto-biographical, with an intention of it being open to interpretation and transpersonal relatability.

Self-reflective at it’s core, my work illustrates a yearning for an element of the sublime in my immediate reality. I sincerely, yet playfully, depict a narrative on both metaphysical and material layers of existence. I seek out a subjective symbolism, which in turn creates a personal mythology of sorts.

My aspiration is for a photograph to transcend it’s representation, and for it to thus echo something of the inherent ritualistic and sacred nature of art. 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, the human search for meaning, a need for belonging, and, ultimately, the sheer simplicity of being.

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