Minna Rainio & Mark Roberts

Minna Rainio (b. 1974, Finland) and Mark Roberts (b. 1970, England) are an artist duo who produce large-scale, moving-image installations. Their intensively research-based work investigates the impact of social and political power on individual experience and history, and its manifestation in physical spaces. Their installations often create immersive spaces that mirror the subjects of their artworks, and implicate the spectator as a participant in the implementation of power relations. Their visual language frequently employs narrative techniques to create a “documentary fiction” that reveals the connections between the personal, political, social, commercial, and ecological spheres, and their effect on our everyday lives.

Rainio & Roberts have exhibited extensively in Finland and internationally. Their solo exhibitions include Luleå Kulturenshus, Sweden (2014), Peri Photography Gallery, Turku, Finland (2014), Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland (2012), Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, USA (2010), and the Finnish Cultural Institute, Paris France (2009). Their works have also been presented in numerous group exhibitions, including ICPNA, Peru (2014), MEC, Montevideo, Uruguay (2014), Preus Museum, Norway (2013), Pori Art Museum, Finland (2013), Governer’s Island, New York (2011), Thionville, France (2008), Finnish Photography Triennial (2006), and Kiasma, Helsinki (2004). Their work has been selected for exhibition by renowned curators such as Kararina Gregos, Ritva Röminger-Czako, Andreas Vowinckel, Leena-Maija Rossi, Kari Soinio, and Marketta Seppälä.

Minna Rainio & Mark Roberts: Invisible Evidence, 2014,
a series of 6 photographs, a detail. (Photo: Timo Nieminen.)

Minna Rainio (b. 1974, Finland) is a researcher and visual artist working primarily with photography and video. Rainio began her artistic career by studying BA Photography in Surrey Institute of Art & Design in England, and MA Audiovisual Media Culture and Cultural History in the University of Lapland in Finland. She has recently completed her Doctorate in the Arts at the University of Lapland, and worked as a researcher in the Elomedia Doctoral School of Audiovisual Media in the University of Art & Design, Helsinki. Between 2009-2011she held the position of Visiting Associate Professor in Photography in the University of Minnesota between 2009-2011.

Mark Roberts (b. 1970, England) is a visual artist, photographer, and scriptwriter. Roberts has BA in Photography from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design (England), and an MA in Film Scriptwriting from the University of Salford, Greater Manchester. His conceptual works employ photography, video, text, and sound, often forming meta-narratives that explore and challenge our relationship with images, spaces and other representational forms.

MInna Rainio & Mark Roberts: How Everything Turns Away, 2014,
three-channel video installation. (Photo: Timo Nieminen.)

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