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is a storyteller. He uses photography to tell stories that are filtered through his distinctive view on life. Pasi's photographs show world that is full of humor, joy and feelings. Instead of editing his photographs Orrensalo lets the story take the center stage. As the projects are shut during long period of time the stories grow and the plots diversify. As all good storytellers Orrensalo also feels that the most important objective of his work is to raise people's feelings and emotions. Life is full of passion and humor – when viewed from the right angle.


Life Behind the Waste

Our journey on this planet is relatively a short one. Our consumption habits do leave a sad print of the path that is hopelessly visible in piles of waste found on scrapyards. For me those piles aren't merely an incarnation of reckless consumption – they are traces of our life stories. 

Items have been used by people of all ages, races and social classes. The waste has their fingerprints, hair and fragrances. The goods have been used in play, at work, on vacations, with breakfast and lunch, awake and at sleep. The abandoned items have been involved in sorrow and joy, inside and outside, on the roads, yards, fields and in the homes. The scrap has been involved in people's life and death. Photographing the items in movement when they are flying across the sky gives the stories the attention they deserve. 

The most fascinating and comforting aspect of gazing the scrap is that while seeing the history at the same time we are watching at the future. The stories do not end at scrap yard. The place is just one turning point of the plots. One family's travel memories in form of an abandoned car will be raw material for a new one. The story continues, grows and multiplies. Like us living things the items that we use are composed of generations and countless of stories and fates. And every story is unique and precious and is deserves to be heard. 



2017 Winner

Unseen and Meijburg & Co are delighted to announce that Pasi Orrensalo (b. 1969, Finland) is the winner of this year’s Meijburg Art Commission. Artists submitted a proposal to create a unique photography-based artwork for the chance to bring their prospective project to life, and to be included in the art collection of Meijburg & Co Tax Lawyers. Pasi Orrensalo is an artist who uses photography to tell stories that are filtered through his distinctive view on life. His work focuses on the narratives of his subjects’ past and future. Orrensalo is represented by Galerie Mirko Mayer in Cologne and Shoot Gallery in Oslo. He is exhibiting at Unseen Amsterdam 2017 with Galerie Mirko Mayer

Meijburg Art Commission | Unseen

Tax advisory firm Meijburg & Co is the driving force behind the prestigious art prize, the Meijburg Art Commission. The prize is awarded to talented artists that will exhibit at Unseen Amsterdam through an open call by submitting a proposal for a unique artwork with a focus on photography.



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