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BIOGRAPHY

Ulla Väätäinen was born in 1948 in Leppävirta, Finland. In the late 1960s, she lived in London and later graduated from Savonlinna Language Institute. During the 1970´s she held a variety of jobs, working as a secretary as well as a cleaning woman, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as at the Finnish Steamship company. In Paris she studied French, devoured arts and attended art lectures. After some odd jobs in Finland she began to work for audiovisual design studios and acquired six years´ experience as a director and producer before setting up her own company, Ateljee Heijastus (1982-2012). Ateljee Heijastus focused on graphic and web design, photography and video productions. As a designer, Väätäinen tackled practically everything in the field of image and sound, and was in charge of the overall management of has productions.

For more than twenty years, she has collaborated with Liisa Karvonen in making video art. The videos have been shown in galleries, museums and festivals at home and abroad.

In 2006 Väätäinen documented the demolition of the VR warehouses and held a photography exhibition on the theme.

She found again her old passion for photography and plunged into working with collages. Through them she is able to find her own expression.

Her collages have been shown at group exhibitions: Lasipalatsin Akkuna, Galleria Rantakasarmi, Kanneltalo, Rööperin taidesalonki, Taidelaitos Haihatus and Galleria Art Frida, where she also had a solo exhibition in spring 2013.

 

 

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