Ainu Palmu

Master of Science – UCL, Bachelor of Arts – Tampere Polytechnic University, b.1974, lives in Helsinki, Finland

Ainu is a lighting designer and light artist. She makes animation, other video content and set design. She graduated as a lighting designer from Tampere Polytechnic in 2000 and from University College London yr. 2008.

First light art works by her were seen in 2010. Since then she has made light art pieces for festivals and public spaces. Strong presence of drama in her work is parented by the background of her work in stage arts.

She uses abstract imagery as well as more factual images and dynamics in between. The works most often have changes in them. The way how one image changes to another is as important as what is seen when the changes are done.

Her works dive into the value of beauty. She invites people by the side of the work with flashy and forceful visual initial contact from which, usually, there is a possibility to realize underlying other meanings. In her work she brings darker sides of life up
with tenderness.

Her works often require some activity from the part of the viewer. Interconnection between maker and viewer is essential and the pieces sometimes are practically not ready before it is experienced. She can be said to be a visualizer of communication.

Her main interests at the moment are inter species coexistence and how the force of the sea of humans can form the future of earth also better. At the moment she is curating a light art exhibition for birds and insects.


BLAF Best of Light Art in Finland
is hosted by
Finnish Light Art Society FLASH

Producer: Annukka Ketola
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