The article is a critical analysis of the work of Finnish photographer Iiu Susiraja based on her series Good Behaviour / Perfect Everyday Life and conversation with the author. Susiraja places herself and her personal life at the centre of her work.
The series Big depression consists of two dozen photographs shot using an old bellows camera in wet plate collodion and two dozen digital blow-ups that depict abandoned, slowly deteriorating objects of until only recently active factories.
In terms of genre, the exhibited photographs span from documentary photography and classical photo reportage to very conceptual individual auteurial visions in which various media and techniques are brought together. The exhibition is thematically divided into five blocks which are adapted to the exhibition space of the Gallery of contemporary arts.
In 1990s, along with the prominence and popularization of the so-called deadpan aesthetics within the field of contemporary photography, began the “rediscovery” of its pioneers. This distinction came late (more than thirty years later), but undoubtedly belonged to Bernd and Hilla Becher, who devoted their lives to photographing industrial architecture.
With the development of digital technology and the internet in the past twenty years, photography has become really pervasive and omnipresent. Despite digitalization, or perhaps because of it, a tendency towards a return to ‘analogue’ photography can be observed in analog- recent years in the field of contemporary art photography as well.