CURRICULUM VITAE – VESA RANTA

Vesa Ranta
www.vesaranta.org
Date of Birth: 20.7.1973

Education

1997–2001 Turku Art Academy, photographer
1995–1996 Jaakkima College, studies in video and photography
1994–1995 Voionmaa Institute, Finland, studies in video and photography

Solo exhibitions

2018 Reunalla, Creat Space, Helsinki, FINLAND
2018 Reunalla Gallery Ibis, Vaasa, FINLAND
2018 Reunalla, Gallery Myötätuuli, Raahe, FINLAND
2017 Reunalla, Valvegalleria, Oulu, FINLAND
2013 ”Tutkimusmatka uuteen Ouluun”, Valvegalleria, Oulu, FINLAND
2008 ”Olla minä – Being Me”, Taidepanimo, Lahti, FINLAND
2007 Gallery Ibis, Vaasa, FINLAND
2007 ”Under the Ground- A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, FINLAND
2007 ”Olla minä – Being Me”, VB centre, Kuopio, FINLAND
2007 ”Olla minä – Being Me”, Vuotalo Gallery, Helsinki, FINLAND
2007 ”Olla minä – Being Me”, Hippolyte Gallery, Helsinki, FINLAND
2006 ”Olla minä – Being Me”, Northern photographic centre Oulu, FINLAND
2006 “Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Culture house Rekord, Niznij Novgorod, RUSSIA
2006 “Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Korjaamo Gallery, Helsinki, FINLAND
2003 “Elämä raiteilla, Gallery Peri, Turku, FINLAND
2003 ”Elämä raiteilla”, Gallery Valo, Univ.of Lapland/Northern Photographic Centre, Rovaniemi, FINLAND
2003 “Rantagalleria stipendiats”, Rantagalleria/Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, FINLAND
2002 “Elämä raiteilla”, Kummigalleria/Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, FINLAND

Group exhibitions

2019 Vesa Ranta ja Teija Soini, AHJO, Espoon kulttuurikeskus, FINLAND
2019 An der Nordkante, Kiel Art Museum, GERMANY
2012 Toinen Luontomme, Oulu Art Museum.
2012 Lapin taika, Rovaniemi Art museum Korundi
2012 Lapin taika, Ateneum, Finnish national gallery
2009 Todellisuuden taju, group exhibition, Hyvinkää art museum.
2008 Group exhibition “GD4ART”, Bologna ITALIA
2008 Liaf08 Svolvaer, Norway
2008 Mäntän Kuvataideviikot, Mänttä, FINLAND
2008 Group exhibition “Border lives”, Stadgalerie Kiel, GERMANY.
2008 Group exhibition “Border lives”, Aachen Art Museum, GERMANY.
2008 DARK, Korjaamo gallery, Helsinki, FINLAND
2007 “Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities, Northern Photographic Centre and Arts Council of Oulu Province, Landesgalerie Eisenstadt, Eisenstadt, AUSTRIA
2007 “Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities, Northern Photographic Centre and Arts Council of Oulu Province, “St. Peter an der Sperr “Wiener Neustadt, AUSTRIA.
2007 Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities, Northern Photographic Centre and Arts Council of Oulu Province, Voralberger Landesmuseum Bregenz, AUSTRIA
2006 What’s Up North, World of Worms DVD, Northern Photographic Centre / Rantagalleria, Oulu, FINLAND 2006 Backlight – Suomi 05, Photographic centre Nykyaika TR 1, Tampere
2006 “Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities, Northern Photographic Centre/ Arts Council of Oulu Province, Felleshuset, Berlin, GERMANY
2006 The Faraway NeGroup earby, WORLD OF WORMS DVD, Whitebox Gallery, New York, USA
2005 “Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities, Northern Photographic Centre/ Arts Council of Oulu Province, Tromso Kunstförening, NORWAY
2005 “Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities, Northern Photographic Centre/ Arts Council of Oulu Province, Kerava Art Museum, Kerava, FINLAND
2005 “Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities Project, Northern Photographic Centre, Arts Council of Oulu Province, Oulu Art Museum, Oulu, FINLAND
2005 “Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Cities Project, Northern Photographic Centre, Arts Council of Oulu Province, Aine Art Museum, Tornio, FINLAND
2003 “Pysäkki”, regional art exhibition, Kajaani Art Museum, Kajaani, FINLAND
2002 “Pysäkki”, regional art exhibition, Oulu Art Museum, Oulu, FINLAND 2001 “Tarkemmin ajatellen“, Hämeenlinna Cultural Centre, Hämeenlinna, FINLAND

Projects

2022– Hoidokit
2018– Jäljet documentary
2017–2018 Huvituksen kartanon tytöt book project
2014–2016 Lottovoittajien pöydässä book project
2014–2016 Reunalla project
2012– Tutkimusmatka uuteen Ouluun, Production grant from the City of Oulu
2003– “Olla minä – Being Me”
2003–2005 Northern Cities –project, ”Under the Ground – A Blaze in the Northern Sky”, Northern Photographic Centre and Arts Council of Oulu Province, FINLAND

Grants

2022 SÍM The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists travel grant
2022 Taike, 6 months Covid-19 grant
2018–2020 Taike, tree-year grant for artistic work
2017 Taike, one-year grant for artistic work
2012 Oulu365(Production grant from the City of Oulu)
2008 Finnish cultural foundation, one-year grant for artistic work
2008 Art council of Finland, Production grant
2008 City of Oulu, Production grant
2007 Art council of Finland, Production grant
2006 City of Oulu, Production grant
2004 Niilo Helander foundation, residence in Berlin, Germany
2004 Arts Council of Oulu, one-year grant for artistic work
2004 Nifca, Sleipnir travel grant/ Northern Cities production meetings
2003 Nifca, Sleipnir travel grant/Northern Cities workshops
2003 Arts Council of Oulu, production grant

Work experience

2001– Entrepreneur, freelance photographer
2002– Director, Studio Valokeila
2001– Freelance photographer in Helsingin Sanomat
2001 Assistant of photographer Esko Männikkö
2000 Photographic courses at Liminka Art School and Northern Photographic Centre

Published Books

Huvituksen kartanon tytöt (Like 2022)
Agony Walk: On the Road with Sentenced (Western Siberia Media House Oy 2019)
Reunalla: Tarinoita Suomen tyhjeneviltä sivukyliltä (Like 2017)
Lottovoittajien pöydässä: Tarinoita köyhyysrajan takaa (Like 2017)

Prizes

2018 Botnia Book Prize Winner
2017 Tieto Finlandia Book Prize Nominee
2017 Suuri Journalistipalkinto Nominee

Memberships

2001– Northern photographic centre, president 2005–2007
2003– Oulu Artists Association
2004– Union of photographic artists

Works in Collections

Aine Art Museum, Tornio
Northern Photographic Centre
Private collections
Oulu Art Museum
City of Oulu

Music career

2010–2016 The Man-Eating Tree
1989–2005 Sentenced