Rita Jokiranta works with moving image, photography, installations, light and sound. She lives and works in Mariehamn, the Åland Islands, Finland, and in Stockholm, Sweden.
Her art frequently explores the dynamic between image, event and interpretation. The viewer’s own interpretation has always been an essential aspect of her work, whether in video or photography. Images always contain a narrative. And yet we all tell this story in our own way, and she challenges us to reflect and to find new interpretations.
In the videos, otherness and unexpected circumstances are mirrored in and become mingled with our own experiences. Reality and dreams (or nightmares) begin to merge. The unrest in the external world seeps into the video sequences, colouring what we see with other, more disturbing meanings. Memory transforms our interpretation of what we see and experience, so that uncertainties can become truths. Ordinary objects and familiar details are juxtaposed with other things, such as media images, sometimes making it difficult to distinguish between emotion and fact.
Since 1989, Rita Jokiranta’s works have been shown in numerous solo and group shows in Finland, Scandinavia, and elsewhere in Europe. She has also made several public artworks, and is represented in a number of important collections.