Verneri Salonen (b. 1989) is a Helsinki based artist and a graduate student in the Time and Space department at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. Salonen is interested in exploring and exposing the preconditions of our contemporary technoculture. His work recontextualizes and re-imagines the functions of everyday objects and ideas in a manner that is surprising, revelatory and at times humorous. Composing unexpected relationships between ready-made and hand-made objects, the artist invites new meanings and interpretations of their uses that challenge the human logic and capitalist realization. His art encourages open-minded encounters and interpretations of the world at large -encounters when one doesn’t have to recognize or understand something but to create one’s own narrative.
By researching environmental politics and philosophy in the field of construction of knowledge about nature the artist questions the objectivity and authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society. Peeling back our preconceptions, his videos, photography and mixed-media installations transform the mundane into the marvelous while addressing issues of emancipation, technology, biology and nature.
Verneri Salonen is co-founder of Kino Club Helsinki. Kino Club is a nonprofit community that offers a place to watch, discuss and review audiovisual works and performances from artists visiting or residing in Finland.
Recent group exhibitions and festival screenings include Expanded Cinema at the Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki (2020), The Sound Art & Sonic Arts: Hidden Materialities at the Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki (2019), Suoja/Shelter festival at the Space for Free Arts (2019), Helsinki, RED MAY at the Gallry ALKOVI, Helsinki, Yucca Elephantipes Artificialis at the KAIPUU Festival, Helsinki among others.