Galerie Adler would like to introduce you to the mystic and surreal
photographs of Finnish artist Susanna Majuri in her first solo
exhibition in New York.
In her photographs, Susanna Majuri captures short narrative scenes
as though they were film stills of a story yet to be told. Her main
characters, young women mostly, their faces hidden, give a distinct
impression of being lost, seeking for something they would just no
find, dissolved in profound loneliness, yet somehow determined or
rather resigned to this beautifully sad fate of theirs. The surrounding
nature acts as complementary character, working as an emotional conduit
both familiar and antagonistic. The ever changing surface of the water,
once smooth as a veil of silk, once rippled though by a secret storm
raging underneath, provide scenes of oscillating atmosphere ranging
from quiet solitude to immediate danger. The vivid coloring of Majuri’s
works the harsh contrast between bright shades of red or blue against
the soft earth tones of the background mirrors her innermost feelings:
"I need color to exist. I need this person, the place, the water, this
With this intimate confession, Susanna Majuri creates peculiar,
bizarre or even surreal atmospheres and situations for her characters.
Her images are charged with what might be, ambiguous in that the viewer
can only imagine that which remains outside of the frame and give the
impression that we only get parts of what must be a bigger story.
Susanna Majuri suggests multiple psychological and symbolically charged
scenarios: “I want to show that one can find fantastic from nearby.
Fiction blends into our life. The imaginary is in fact actual.”
Susanna Majuri (b. 1978, Helsinki) lives and works in Helsinki,
Finland. She graduated from the Turku Arts Academy in 2004 and has an M.A. in
photography from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. The
artist has had exhibitions all over Europe as in Finland, Norway,
Sweden, Iceland, Germany and France. Furthermore, Susanna Majuri has
won the photography prize Gras Savoye Award in Arles, France 2005 and
is part of the photographic movement "Helsinki-school" together with
photo-artists like Ola Kolehmainen or Miklos Gaál.