When I was a kid, our favorite thing to do was to build small huts in the woods from dead branches. In those huts we used to smoke canes like tobacco and play with fire.
At some point we started to be embarrassed of our childish thoughts. We had a value system that set us apart from the Universe. We thought we were god like and justified our actions through careless reasoning. The same carelessness allowed us to see the world as a resource, not as something to coexist with. The play ended, but a fire still burns.
I am building those huts of my childhood again. This time in different forms and manifestations. I tackle the hubris of our age in critical and politically resonating ways. The practice considers sustainable encounters with energy to be important factors when working in the age of climate crisis. To communicate these ideas, I mainly use photography, moving image and installations, however I love misusing technology for the possibilities of revealing the hidden realities and agendas behind the veil of everyday life.
My art is being transmitted through the mixture of multilingual and playful acts. I am committed to understand nature from non-dualistic perspectives. I think that for diverse biosphere art is a suitable culture counterpart. It is one of a kind opportunity to diverse our culture and exercise undisciplined presentations, expositions and exhibitions.
Verneri Salonen (b. 1989) is a Helsinki based artist currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the Time and Space department in University of the Arts Helsinki.
He is interested in exploring and exposing hidden materialities and preconditions of our contemporary technoculture. Verneri has participated in multiple group exhibitions and film screenings in Finland and Norway. Since 2016, he has also been part of the organizing team of a moving image society called Kino Club Helsinki.