Perttu Saksa

Photo: Veikko Kähkönen

Perttu Saksa's photographs are dark, mesmerizing portraits, breath-taking landscapes and still lifes. He uses documentary-like photography mixed with staging and fictive narratives. His body of work consists of strong thematic units. These resemble anthropological and philosophical-ethical studies in the form of powerful visual artworks. Saksa's art consistently focuses on the boundaries between humanity and nature, on our relationship with the environment, and especially animals. By using animals as subjects, Saksa challenges us to examine the way we perceive ourselves.

Perttu Saksa (b. 1977) is a contemporary photographer and filmmaker. He attended the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (MFA) and the Icelandic Academy of Arts (1999). He is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Aalto University in Helsinki. In 2019, Saksa was awarded the Pro Finlandia medal. He is a recipient of the Fotofinlandia Prize (2014), the most important photography award in Finland. His photography and videoworks have been shown in numerous galleries and museums around Europe, including Stadt Galleri Kiel and Felleshus Berlin, the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki City Art Museum in Finland and most recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma as part of the Ars Fennica -candidates' exhibition. His works can also be found in various public collections, e.g. EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Saksa was nominated for the Ars Fennica -prize in 2017. In 2018 Saksa's proposal won the design competition for President Mauno Koivisto's monument.