Vivi-Mari Carpelan

Vivi-Mari Carpelan

I’m a photographer almost by default, because both my parents were professional photographers back in Finland where I grew up. I now live in Wales, UK, and currently enjoy superimposing both old and new photographs to create a sense of the liminal space between inner and outer reality. Multiple exposure becomes a token for the surreal encounter between imagination and perceived reality and points to the transformative processes of the mind. I don’t use photoshop: instead I enter into a playful dialogue with a simple app on the iPhone. It’s an unplanned journey: the restriction of my freedom tend to take me on routes I could not anticipate.

Only in a few pieces have I incorporated imagery that isn’t originally my own: these are photographs of my grandmother who was a prima ballerina at the famous Le Ballet Suedois in Paris in the 1920s. The other images that feature people are sublimated instagram selfies. The images in the gallery are from 2018-2020.

Please read more on my website.