About Leena

Artist statement

Leena Mertanen (b. 1986, Finland) is a fine art photographer and performance filmmaker who examines various aspects of humanity, culture and femininity in her distinctive works, that are often seemingly without a context of time. She uses herself as a model in her absurd, dark, humorist, emotional photographs and short films making personal universal, combining often unexpected elements and purist technical know-how to various different ways of thematic approach to modern photography and filmmaking. Drawing inspiration from all kinds of cultural history including fashion, music, films and literature, her style is filled with popular cultural references and intellectual psychological analysis on the human condition. Her often large-scale prints are in several private collections worldwide. She lives and works in Finland.