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Portraits at Home

Iiu Susiraja

Curated by Curated by Marlee Choo

September 22 – December 23, 2018Hours

Home is the focus for this series of self-portraits by Iiu Susiraja. It is a safe haven and stage. She often depicts herself in pensive moments and at times designs poignant scenarios that draw the viewer into her world, only to be halted by her deadpan stare.

Susiraja adorns her body with mundane, domestic objects that surround us at home such as a broom or a candle. These contrived situations challenge stereotypes about femininity, the body, social norms and prejudices. It is evident she uses humour to great effect throughout the exhibition and often pokes fun at Nordic tropes; not only in her portraits, but in the thoughtfully crafted still lifes with their rather precious quality.

The self-portraits are presented at larger than life size scale to elevate and emphasize the artist/subject. Susiraja reigns supreme within her domestic realm. She displays little inhibition and powerfully captures her assertion and comfort in her own skin.

– Marlee Choo

Part of NORDEN: The Festival of Cool –  November 24 through December 2


Iiu Susiraja lives and works in Turku, Finland. She graduated from the Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences in 2012. Her work has been exhibited at Ramiken Crucible (New York), Rubell Family Collection (Miami), and the Finnish Museum of Photography (Helsinki), among others, and is represented in several collections including the Heino Art Foundation, Helsinki Art Museum, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Finland, and Gothenburg Museum of Art. In the summer of 2018, she completed an artist residency at the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York as well as receiving her MA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (MA). Portraits at Home is her first exhibition in Canada.