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“I saw a used radiotherapy mask in a hospital. It still held traces of a tumor that once was, or still is. It smelled like fear. Fear that has been dealt with, and fear that is still there. Part of something and someone left behind.”
In the exhibition Leftover, Maija Tammi makes us look fear in the eye, while simultaneously escaping into shapelessness. It begins with realism and ends in fantasy. Somewhere between life and sickness.
Tammi’s works, a sculpture two meters high and the photographs of radiotherapy masks collected from hospitals, deal with sickness and the fear of it – both defined and undefined.
Maija Tammi (b. 1985) is a Finnish photographer and artist. In 2011 she won both the Finnish Fotofinlandia and Photojournalist of the Year 2010 awards. Tammi’s works have been acclaimed and exhibited in Finland, France, Spain and the USA. She is currently working on her thesis on representations of sickness in photography at the Aalto University’s Doctoral Programme in Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki.