Riitta Päiväläinen - Black Obis, 2005Riitta Päiväläinen - Black Obis, 2005

Our daily life is full of history. Riitta Päiväläinen is fascinated by the history that cannot be found in library books, official files or archives. This “unwritten history” that surrounds us all the time - the presence that can be felt in the rip of a coat, in the place worn thin on an armchair. in the light footprint on an inner sole of a shoe. The main theme and primary driving force of Riitta Päiväläinen's work is the artist's interest in old clothing. In her photographs, she uses discarded clothes from second-hand shops and flea markets. These garments carry silent, unknown stories and histories which will never be revealed.  The clothes remain silent, withholding their secrets. Little by little, personal histories are absorbed into the collective history.

Since her graduation from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki in 2002, Riitta Päiväläinen  has had numerous solo and group exhibitions around Europe. Her work today can be found in several important collections, like Finland's Kiasma and Sweden's state Art Council.


The art of Lars Nilsson is a double-edged sword. For long, it has been considered offensive and provocative; though always tickling the imagination, pushing its limits. Nilsson has introduced us to the cradle of male sexuality, through twisted connotations and explicit subject matter. His current work displays even more haunting and suggestive visions. Photographs and extensive backdrops enclose the viewer in scenic landscapes of multiple symbolical layers, with Jungian narratives about the shadowlands of the human psyche. These post-apocalyptic dreamscapes are posing questions about reality versus fantasy, and the forces of nature overcoming civilization – not too far from the elevated pursuit of the Romantics.

Lars Nilsson, born 1956, lives and works in Stockholm, but is active internationally. His artistic methods include painting, sculpture, video and spatial installations. Among his more extensive solo exhibitions, we find venues such as the X-Room at the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall in Stockholm. Exhibitions at PS1 Museum in New York, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Palazzo delle Papessa in Sienna are also worth mentioning. Lars Nilsson is a fine arts professor and worked at the Malmö Art Academy during 1995 - 2006. On March 1st, Nilsson's first exhibition with Galleri Andersson/Sandström will be inaugurated in Umeå. It will mark the beginning of our artistic collaboration.