Nastja Rönkkö is a Finnish artist based in London and Jyväskylä. She works mainly with performance, painting and video. Her work is born from an aspiration to investigate imagery of personal and collective desire. The genesis of desire and its unconscious manifestations are considered through and within moments of intimacy, sexuality and loss. Profound human interactions, ordinary activities, or social rituals, such as brushing hair or dancing, are challenged to a point where they become other and unknown. Through dwelling within the limits of normative and unfamiliar, her work seeks to explore and undermine the easy location of identity and the self: the construct and nature of subjectivity is at the core of her practice.

Rönkkö graduated with an MFA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK in 2011. Recent performances include 'Soil Brick Soil' (with Kate Lepper) at Ciao! Modernism event at Guest Projects gallery, London (2012), 'Swap' performance at Transart Communication Performance Festival, NovÈ Z·mky, Slovakia, 'Undo Ritual II' at Transmuted Festival Internacional de Performance, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico and 'Purge' performance, V Bienale de Jafre, Jafre, Spain (all 2011).? She has exhibited widely in Finland and abroad. Her work has been recently supported by The Arts Council of Finland and FRAME, Finnish Fund for Art Exchange. In 2009 she was the recipient of Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK scholarship.

Nastja Säde Rönkkö
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