Nastja Säde Rönkkö
Somerset House Studios resident

Nastja Säde Rönkkö

An interdisciplinary artist working with performance, video, text and installation.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Nastja Säde Rönkkö (b.1985) is an artist working internationally. She creates projects that explore presence, intimacy, love and community across human interactions and social rituals, from the everyday to the profound. Performance, text, video, technology, the Internet and various social interventions are used as an extension or outcome of the projects.

Viiankiaapa swamp, Finland

Her works has been exhibited in numerous festivals and exhibitions internationally, recently at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, Museum of Moving Image, New York, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, FACT, Foundation for Art and Technology, Liverpool, UK and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Recent solo exhibitions include for those yet to be at Saariaho Järvenpää, Helsinki, Finland (2017). Recent lectures/teaching include institutions such as California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, USA, Royal College of Arts, London, UK and Oxford Union, Oxford University, UK. She has been artist in residence at Nida Art Colony, Lithuania and Wysing Arts Centre, UK.

During her residency Nastja is working on a project titled 6 Months Without in which she lives and works in London without the Internet for 6 months. The intention of Rönkkö’s slow offline existence and the accompanying events is to actively research, create and test out new ways of connecting, communicating and being in a city, community and the society at the time of major changes in the ways we live, feel and function in the world. The project will be documented with video, text and photography and will be made into a documentary and a book in 2019. In collaboration with Wysing Arts Centre and Finnish Institute London.

Reading Dear Diary I trace the threads of a life. This life, your life, is both familiar to me and, yet, it always remains estranged. I am reminded that we are bound together by what is shared between us, and the distance between us. Our relationship is enabled by the stories that you and I chose to tell each other and the secrets you and I chose to keep from each other.

Anna Bunting-Branch