Maija Tammi (b. 1985) is a Finnish artist and Doctor of Arts, whose photographs and videos examine the liminal areas of mortality and immortality, science and art. She regularly collaborates with scientists and musicians. Tammi’s work has been exhibited extensively internationally, among others in Paris, Berlin, Rome, London, New York, and Tokyo, and she has four published books. Tammi’s artworks are for example in the collections of Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, USA, Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma in Helsinki, Finland, and National Portrait Gallery in London, UK. Tammi currently holds the title Artist Professor for the years 2020–2024.
Tammi’s background is in photojournalism. She has a Masters in visual journalism and she worked as a photojournalist for six years before her artistic career. She completed her practice-based doctorate from Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2017.
2013–2017 Doctor of Arts, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland.
2006–2010 Master of Social Sciences. University of Tampere, Finland.
2020 Artbook Immortal with Ville Tietäväinen, Aalto ARTS Books
2017 Artbook White Rabbit Fever, Bromide Books.
2017 Sick Photography; Representations of Sickness in Art Photography, Aalto ARTS books.
2014 Artbook Leftover/Removals, Kehrer Verlag.
Selected solo exhibitions
2020 Immortal’s Birthday with Charles Quevillon, Forum Box, Helsinki, Finland
2018 One of Them Is a Human, Jarvis Dooney Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2017 White Rabbit Fever, Kana Kawanishi gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2017 White Rabbit Fever, Matèria, Rome, Italy
2017 White Rabbit Fever, Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Finland.
2017 Hydra, Gallery Huuto Jätkäsaari, Helsinki, Finland.
2016 White Rabbit Fever, Gallery Lapinlahti, Helsinki, Finland.
2015 Leftover and Removals at Oxford University, Oxford, UK.
2015 Milky Way at Gallery Korjaamo, Helsinki, Finland.
2015 Leftover at Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Finland.
2014 Leftover at Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland.
2013 Removals at Galerija Makina, Pula, Croatia.
2020 Video/performance The 1m3 of the Human Experiment with Charles Quevillon at Kiasma Theatre, Helsinki, Finland.
2018 Video/performance The 1m3 of the Human Experiment with Charles Quevillon at Our Festival, Tuusula, Finland.
2018 Concert on cancer with Pekka Kuusisto, Perttu Haapanen, Suvi Savolainen and Jukka Huitila at Wigmore Hall, London.
2017 Video performance Hydra with Maja S.K. Ratkje at Our Festival, Tuusula, Finland.
2016 Video performance Marcel Was Here and Day 11799 with Pekka Kuusisto at Our Festival, Järvenpää, Finland.
2014 Two live-video installations with Aapo Huhta at Our Festival, Järvenpää, Finland.
Selected group exhibitions
2021 Decision Making – L’instant décisif, Canadian Culture Centre, Paris, France (December)
2021 Real Feelings, at the MU Hybrid Art House, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2021 One of Them Is a Human at Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
2021 Supernatural. Sculptural Visions of the Body, Oulu Museum of Art, Oulu, Finland
2021 Photo 2021, Melbourne, Australia
2020 #cute. Islands of Bliss? at the NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany
2020 From Hereon: posthuman, nonhuman, antihuman, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia.
2020 Real Feelings, at the House of Electronic Arts, Basel, Switzerland.
2020 White Rabbit Fever at Circulation(s), Paris, France.
2020 In Real Life at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, US.
2019 One Picture Manifesto at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland.
2019 Valkoinen Pupu at LOOP Festival with the Jarvis Dooney Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
2019 One of Them Is a Human at Getxophoto, Bilbao, Spain.
2019 One of Them Is a Human at Gibellina Photoroad, Gibellina, Sicily.
2019 Coexistence, Kiasma, Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki, Finland.
2018 Body Politics, Kana Kawanishi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2018 OFF festival, Bratislava, Slovakia
2018 New Chic, at the Riga Photomonth, Riga, Latvia.
2018 True Beauty, at the Stedelijk Museum, Breda, Netherlands.
2017 New Voices, Light Work, Syracuse, US.
2017 Taylor Wessing photographic Portrait Prize 2017, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.
2017 Nucleus, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands.
2017 White Rabbit Fever at Landskrona Foto Festival, Landskrona, Sweden.
2017 Rules, Ascriptions, Kana Kawanishi Photography, Tokyo, Japan.
2017 Milky Way at Tokyo International Photography Festival, Tokyo, Japan
2016 Space, The Griffin Museum of Photography, USA
2016 One Clover and a Bee. And Revery at Happylucky no.1, New York, USA.
2016 Premiere presentation with East Wing, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2016 Aether, Jarvis Dooney Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
2016 Photo50, London Art Fair, UK
2015 Frame Stories, Lotrščak Tower, Organ Vida Photography Festival, Zagreb, Croatia.
2015 Next Generation, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland.
2015 The Curator at Foley gallery, New York, USA.
2015 Space and Sex, Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Finland.
2014 Curated group exhibition at gallery Tanto Tempo, Kobe, Japan.
2013 Les Visas de l’ANI, Bar Floreal, Paris, France.
2021 The Problem of the Hydra at Nordisk Panorama, Malmö, Sweden.
2021 The Problem of the Hydra at Helsinki International Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland.
2021 The Problem of the Hydra at Sarajevo Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2021 The Problem of the Hydra at THIS IS SHORT, European Short Film Network.
2021 The Problem of the Hydra at Hot Docs 2021, Toronto, Canada.
2021 The Problem of the Hydra at DocPoint 2021, Helsinki, Finland.
2021 Unheroic Labours #2 at Ouroboros, Finnish Institute in Estonia’s film program, Tallinn, Estonia.
Awards and residencies
2021 New Point of View: Audience Award, THIS IS SHORT, European Short Film Network.
2020 Edvard Richter Award for the book Immortal, Finnish Art Society, Finland.
2019 Artist Professor 2020–2024, five-year grant and a title, Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
2018 Young Artist Award, Finnish Art Society
2017 John Kobal New Work Award
2017 Taylor Wessing photographic Portrait Prize (Third prize)
2016 Light Work Artist-In-Residence, Syracuse, USA
2016 Nominated Deutsche Börse Foundation Photography Prize 2017, long list
2015 PDN The Curator Grand Prize
2015 Artist residency at Hôtel Chevillon in France for six months,
Finnish Cultural Foundation.
2014 Selected Center Sante Fe 100
2013 Patricia Seppälä Foundation: Photojournalism Award for Collective 11.
2012 New York Photo Festival Award in two categories: documentary series and multimedia.
2011 Fotofinlandia award, www.fotofinlandia.fi2011 Finland’s press photographer of the year 2010, www.suomenlehtikuvaajat.fi
2021 Fondazione Orestiadi, Gibellina, Italy
2020 Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland.
2020 The Finnish State Art Commission, Finland
2019 Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
2018 Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland.
2018 National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
2017 Light Work Collection, Syracuse, US
2016 Happylucky no.1 gallery, New York, USA.
2014 GalleriZEBRA gallery, Karjaa, Finland
Private collections in Helsinki, Kauniainen, Turku, London, New York and Taipei.
2020 Co-curator with Louise Wolthers, Sara Walker and Melanie Vandenbrouck and Hannu Vanhanen for Space Works exhibition at Tampere Art Museum, Tampere, Finland.
2020 Co-curator with Ariane Koek, Lars Willumeit and Hannu Vanhanen for Related Realities exhibition at Backlight2020, Tampere Finland
2016 Co-curator with Harri Pälviranta for five-month gallery project Reikä in Helsinki, Finland.