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. He holds bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Tampere university of applied sciences. Salonen is interested in exploring 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. Peeling back our preconceptions, his videos, photography and mixed-media installations transform the mundane into the marvelous while addressing issues of emancipation, technology, and the term nature. His art encourages open-minded interpretations of the world at large and challenges authoritative voices of our contemporary society.
Verneri Salonen is co-founder of Kino Club Helsinki. Kino Club is a collective and nonprofit community that offers a place to watch, discuss and review audiovisual works and performances from artists visiting or residing in Finland.
Selected exhibitions and festival screenings include 2021 Exquisite Futures, Braunschweig Art Academy Filmforum, Braunschweig, Germany // 2021 Exquisite Futures, Virtual YouTube live -event, Kino Club Helsinki // 2021 Kosminen Salonki, Kosminen, Helsinki, Finland // 2020 Postal Art 2020, Poetry Moon Literary Festival, Galleria Stoa, Helsinki, Finland // 2020 TOTEEMI, Hyvinkää Halo -light festival, Hyvinkää, Finland // 2020 The Rivals, Feel Helsinki -festival, Helsinki, Finland // 2020 Expanded Cinema, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, Finland // 2019 Concerto for Film and Orchestra, Lappeenrantasali, Lappeenranta, Finland // 2019 The Sound Art & Sonic Arts: Hidden Materialities, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, Finland // 2019 Suoja/Shelter festival, Free Art Space, Helsinki, Finland // 2018 The Void, Sigrids Gallery, Kjollefjård, Norway // 2018 RED MAY, Gallery ALKOVI, Helsinki, Finland // 2018 Yucca Elephantipes Artificialis, KAIPUU Festival, Helsinki, Finland.