The Log Lady – Ulla Jokisalo & Hilla Kurki in dialogue

13.6.2018 by

Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen opened their doors on 9.6.2018 to the dialogue exhibition “The Log Lady – Ulla Jokisalo and Hilla Kurki in dialogue” featuring the two Finnish artists Ulla Jokisalo and Hilla Kurki. In this exhibition two photographers representing different generations gather in one space to create a dialogue. Log Lady in the exhibition’s name refers to the exhibitions namesake character in Twin Peaks. Like the Log Lady in Twin Peaks, Ulla Jokisalo and Hilla Kurki communicates with another dimension through a medium – in this case through pictures. The exhibition also shares the mystic elements that are so prevalent in Twin Peaks.

The works of the two artists differ from each other, but they do also contain many similarities. Both photographers work with body, gender and identity; personal history is an important inspiration to both photographers and they work with clothes and handiwork, for example scissors or needles.

Hilla Kurki presents at Fotografisk center pictures from her series “Of Loss and Lightness”. The series tells about Kurki’s feelings of loss when she lost her sister. Clothes, handicraft, the scissor and the body are central in Kurki’s works. The material Kurki uses, such as the carpet that is seen in Woven, is made by the artist herself. 

Hilla Kurki, Woven, Fotografisk center.

Ulla Jokisalo’s work can sometimes become surreal, for example when a deer head, or the head of an owl, replaces the head of an elegantly clothed woman. In this exhibition Ulla Jokisalo uses cutouts from women’s magazines as well as from her childhood pictures to create the images in this exhibition.

Ulla Jokisalo, Dance macabre, Fotografisk center.


Hilla Kurki, To Hold, Fotografisk center


Ulla Jokisalo, Dandy, Fotografisk Center


The Log Lady – Ulla Jokisalo & Hilla Kurki in dialogue

Fotografisk Center, Staldgade 16, Copenhagen

09.06 – 12.08.2018.