A theater piece about serial killer Roberto Zucco, directed by Mikko Roiha.

Promotional pictures for theater play 'Vastarinta' directed by Mikko Roiha. Pictures were featured on main press in Finland: HBL | TS | Voima | HS

Rauhnächte -exhibition opening and performance by artist Niina Lehtonen-Braun at Hilbertraum

Photos for a theater piece ‘Wild West Wild East’.

Documentation/live coverage of performance event that took place on 11.11.2011.

Archives of past projects:

'Because we are blind..' (2012)

I joined a month long residency and exhibition/competition among 8 other international artists in Berlin. Each had own garage and the freedom to do what ever with it - the old GDR -garages would be demolished at the end of the year.
On my project I was examining how to transform a random space into a sacred, without referring to existing religions or symbols.

Morph! (2012)

Exhibition was held in Melbourne, April 2012.
I continued to explore the themes of humans encounters and relations with animals. I was focusing on the metamorphosis, change from a human form into an animal, showing it through anatomical studies as well as metaphors and narratives. Questions asked were: How do we feel about animals, do we belong in the same space, city, society, time? What if we actually want to be one of them rather than being humans?

Karitsa - Lamb (2008)

This piece started as a playful thought of how could I use an animal character in a artwork for an Ev.-Luth. church, when animals are mostly seen as something rather demonic or pagan.
For installing the work I built up a tiny chapel into a cleaning closet of the gallery, for a visitor to spend a moment in silence and say their prayers. Having a 'holy' space somewhere very close to the everyday environment is not often seen in Ev.-Luth. religion, thus it was interesting to see reactions to this.

(Installation photo by Jussi Autio/Kuvataideakatemia)

You have a right to complain (2008)

The room has a table with a small plant on it, and a chair, and outside of the room another table. Two monitors are playing video loops, one which is showing a woman´s face. She is mumbling, smiling, just staring and laughing. Other one is showing a woman writing on a notebook when a hand comes and rips the book and a pen from her and then quite soon gives them back so that she can continue writing.

Under the table is a character called Turo. Turo got his name from a Finnish company Turo Tailor that manufactures men´s wear. I heard they moved their factories to China. Turo has also a brother, Turo, who is trying to hide under the chair.
The walls are covered with two types of papers. Yellow one is a work contract. I have 25 originals, all made between years 2005 and 2007 for the same company, different task and different reasons. Most of the contracts are signed for only one or two days, one is for 3 months. The other paper is the one you get when Finnish National Pension Institute decides to give you money or rejects your application (to get study or child support or for your rent or when your unemployed or anything) or when they want you to give back the money they paid for you (two years ago). Paper is called something like "appeal assignment". It says that you have a right to appeal. Though it doesn't usually help..

Sounds like a deal for me. You call when ever there is work to be done. I come, I do my job and you pay me so that I can survive until you call me again. But what if something goes wrong? Suddenly I don't hear from you, or you ask for a one day but insist to stay for three or you demand me to quit when I haven't finished yet. And what if I get ill? Again I'm forced to eat paper and run through the endless corridors of an office building trying to reach an official who is willing to negotiate with me only in telephone. Who claimed that Kafka is dead?

Links: mustekala.info

Insects move so rapidly human eye cannot see their movement as continuous, but flickery and fragmented. Sometimes we see people moving the same way. May they be suffering from symptoms of stress, twitching eyes after too many hours front of a screen or under fluorescent lights. They might experience tics caused by illness like Parkinson or Tourette. Also people working on conveyor belt, repeating same routines day after day, faster and faster, or practising and mastering a musical instrument with flying fingers.

Insekt is looking into rapid, sudden movements, attempting to find the poetry within. Interactive video installation asks you a question: Do you feel like an insect? If an exhibition visitor feels the relation to bugs and butterflies, he/she can walk through the dark exhibition space under a bright spotlight of a street lamp. Their picture is projected to the wall, among other night insects. Projected video material was shot in a former school building in rural Germany, where the huge windows of well lit class rooms were covered with different moths and mosquitoes, during the dusk.

Interactive video installation, video loop 6 min HD, no sound.

Thank you for the support: Taideyliopiston Kuvataideakatemia/Maria Savela, Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse

Links: Cinematic Senses / Kymen Sanomien artikkeli / Kotkan Valokuvakeskus

Is it possible to change a person into something by giving her a name?
Simpanssi - Chimpanzee, is a movement based short film, with a digital scenery.
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Ist es möglich eine Person in etwas zu verwandeln, indem man ihr einen Name gibt?
Simpanssi – Schimpanse ist ein bewegungsbasierter Kurzfilm mit einer digitalen Szenerie.
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Director/Script/Post: Saana Inari
Camera: Tiago Bartholo
Sound/Music: John Blue
Production assistant: Thomas Göhing
Blends: HeraSK, Manuel L. 3D, Andre Schneider, BMF, Amogh Jadhav

Country of Production: Finland, Germany
Funding: AVEK, VISEK (Finland)

Running Time: 6 min 42 sec.


Stop Motion Beograd freezes the motion, erases and covers the marks of life from the picture and then, suddenly, reveals a glimpse of reality.

Beograd freezes the motion, erases and covers the marks of life from the picture and then, suddenly, reveals a glimpse of reality.
Audiovisual installation is a study about the city of Belgrade, describing different sides of it, architecture, communication, traffic, humans...
Video combines photography, animation and live footage. Installation includes structures and objects that are reflecting and repeating geometrical shapes and colors that can either be found on the exhibition space or in the video.

Two to three channel vertical HD video, total duration 9 minutes. Stereo audio for the space, duration 10:30 min.

Made for: Kotka International Video and Electronic Art Festival
Funding: Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse

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Kurze Notizen zum Umgang mit dem Gewicht der Geschichte. Short notes on how to deal with the weight of history.

Kurze Notizen zum Umgang mit dem Gewicht der Geschichte.
Short notes on how to deal with the weight of history.

Movement based short film was shot on locations around Finland and Germany. It was originally created on the context of the exhibition ‘Wahlheimat’ (Adopted Country).

Film has no written script nor dialogue. I shot one scene and after seeing it decided what should follow. The scenes deals with questions I have felt but never verbalized, shown as physical re/actions.

Director/Starring/Editing/Sounds: Saana Inari
(SLR) 1080p, Color, Stereo, no dialogue, 4:50 min, Finland / Germany

Links: Onlinefilm | 3Sat | IMDb | Oberhausen Distribution Program

How much does the amount of animals affect on how we see them, how do we feel about them. An individual sparrow may appear beautiful but having tens of them may give you quite a contrary impression.

HD line animation 01:00 min

How much does the amount of animals affect on how we see them, how do we feel about them. An individual sparrow may appear beautiful but having tens of them may give you quite a contrary impression.
I shot a video of a sparrow flock feeding under a bush, flying away if a person passes by too close, returning and fleeing again. I drew an animation based on this footage. Background was removed to reveal the movement and how the single sparrows are morphing into each other and becoming a flickerly moving mass.

Later I gave the birds a sound, buzzing non-sense talking. I choose to use a language that I don't understand myself.

Animation was part of the exhibitions Morph! and Att döda en koltrast

The video draws a story about a mental dilemma, the protagonist is trying to escape by adopting the roles and forms of different animals. After several failures she has to accept her own limitations in order to be able to continue her journey.

The video draws a story about a mental dilemma, the protagonist is trying to escape by adopting the roles and forms of different animals. After several failures she has to accept her own limitations in order to be able to continue her journey.

I use real encounters with animals as metaphors and a frame for the story based on my personal reflections. The name 'Self Portrait With a Deer' refers to a photograph which is used as the title of the video. In addition of visual elements, both deal with the connection to wild animals. On the picture I´m holding a deer, on the video a deer represents fear.

Duration: 10:48 min
Camera: Tiago Bartholo
Sound: John Blue
Advisor: Simo Kellokumpu
Else: Saana Inari

Links: IMBD / ARTCONNET BERLIN / Filmportal.de / Mustekala.info / HBL

An installation with seven pots, oat porridge and mapped video projection.
In the video woman is washing a long corridor. She disappears into dark and comes back, pushing a pile of wet rags on the floor with her hands, running barefoot, as fast as she can, over and over again. People are passing by and making the floor dirty again.
The video is projected into used pots with some oat porridge on the bottom. Porridge shimmers nicely when it's warm but gets dry and brown during the day. Next morning is time to make new porridge, eat it and go to work.

This installation was part of my exhibition: "Jättömaa - Wasteland"

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Originally made for the Hanasaari A -photo exhibition. I used the old power mill as a background for the story, that remains bit unclear, dream-alike. It can be about intensity and insanity of '6 days week' hard physical factory work, about tearing down the old building or even about violence.
Still images, stop motion and line animation by Saana Inari. Sound by Jukka Hiltunen.

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