Welcome to the opening on 11.4.2024  from 5pm-7pm.

Guided tour on Sunday 28th April 1pm.

Sebastian Reis’ exhibition Residue at Photographic Centre Peri ponders history and its presence in our daily lives, where everything around us only exists because of all that happened before. Following this thought, Reis explores various traces that contemporary humans leave behind and engages with the idea that a selection of images and artefacts can create a broader understanding of reality. In doing so, he looks at the attempts of modern humanity to investigate and grasp the remains of past cultures and societies.

Residue originates from Reis’ ongoing investigation of the impact of human activities on our surroundings and their continuous modification. Sebastian Reis follows an archaeological approach and uses left-behind objects as a starting point, which are reproduced, enlarged, colourised, cut out, and combined with individual structures made of wood and metal. In the so-made new objects of various scales, Reis plays with a combination of 2-dimensional images and their 3-dimensional appearances. In examining larger time scales, he refers to the aesthetics of different eras. While display cases, which the artist built in his studio, recall historical forms of presentation, a series of short-lived landscapes of piles of mud, sand, and crushed stone reminisce about early photographic processes. In doing so, Reis contemplates a shared human condition.

Sebastian Reis (b. 1985, Austria) is a Helsinki-based visual artist. In his practice, he combines photography, painting and sculptural elements. Reis’ approach emerges from synthesising subjective experiences with culture-historical and art-historical occurrences. He often explores the contradiction between monumentality and ephemerality in his work. Reis received an MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, Germany. His works have been shown in Finland and abroad, among others, at the Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Galleria Sculptor, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Photo North, and The Museum of National History (DK).


Sebastian Reis’ work has been partially supported by the Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike).