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Tero Puha, 2017


It was the morning of 12 September 2009. Artist Tero Puha woke up in a hotel room in Novosibirsk with strange markings on his left arm. He had no idea where they had come from. He had no recollection at all of the events of the previous night. His exhibition trip of Russia had received a disquieting turn. Several weeks later, strange, random memories of the events of the night began cropping up in his consciousness.


Opening event on Thursday 3.8.2017 from 17–19.

In attempting to understand what happened that night, Puha has even used hypnotherapy. Memories resurface in his mind during the regression – what are they trying to tell him? What were the strange markings on his arm? Was something unusual registered in Russian territory or airspace during that time?

Memories of the Unknown brings together evidence of Puha’s experience to provide an unbiased and comprehensive account of the events. The show includes a video showing the artist under hypnosis, as well as automatic drawings that he made during the session. Puha’s attempts to understand his experience also took him to see a British brain scientist: the exhibition features memories and photographs taken with a device that scans mental images.

Tero Puha (b. 1971) is a versatile visual artist whose main media are photography, video, film, digital art and live performance. He has exhibited his work worldwide, and he has work in the collections of several museum including Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki Art Museum, Amos Anderson Art Museum, and Espoo Museum of Modern Art. Having lived in London for 12 years, Puha was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Photography in 2014. Combining fact, fiction, and fantasy, Memories of the Unknown is Tero Puha’s first solo exhibition of new work in Finland for seven years.

Tero Puha Showroom will be display 9.–10.9.2017 is part of the programme of the Helsinki Design Week.

Memories of the Unknown is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland (TAIKE) and Centre for the Promotion of Visual Art (Visek).