Sini Pelkki is an artist working with photography and film. She is interested in the subjectivity of the gaze, the limits and possibilities of seeing. Body, spatiality and movement as well as spaces within spaces and the lives they inhabit, matters visible and invisible to the eye.

Solo exhibitions include meaningful meanings at Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki (2021), Departing Shadow, Monitoimitila O. (2021), Sheet No4, HAM Helsinki Art Museum (2018), Length, SIC (2017), Length, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum (2016), Arranger’s Choice, Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki (2013), Emma Hammarén & Sini Pelkki: Map of a Scene, Konstnärshuset, Stockholm (2013), Embarkation, Kunsthalle Helsinki (2011), Echo for two, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki (2011), Tense Territories, Finnish Museum of Photography (2009), Tense Territories, Satralistanbul (2008) curated by Aura Seikkula.

Group exhibitions include e.g. Dance! Movement in the Visual Arts 1880-2020, HAM (2022) curated by Hanna-Reetta Schreck & Arttu Merimaa, Body Building, WAM Turku City Art Museum (2017) curated by Piia Oksanen, Continuous Material, Durham Castle Museum and Drop City, Newcastle (2015) curated by Sam Watson & Eleanor Wrigth, Dimensions of Sharing, Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2012).

Her films have been shown in several film festivals e.g. International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, European Media Art Festival (EMAF), Videoex, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Sini Pelkki obtained MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki (FI) in 2008 and BA (Hons) Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (UK) in 2002.


contact: sini.pelkki(at)gmail.com

Short CV

Vimeo/sinipelkki – excerpts of moving image works


Sini Mononen Presence, in Finnish (2024)

Improvisation, communication, disconnect / EDIT / Sini Mononen, in Finnish (2020)

Meet the Artist / Av-arkki (2020)

Sheet No4 / HAM / EDIT/Sanna Lipponen, in Finnish (2018)
Embarkation / Eleanor Wright/Sam Watson: Continuous material / text by Josh Wilson (2015)
Dimensions of Sharing / Overgaden / Privately Exposed by Elina Suoyrjö (2012)
Echo for Two / Hippolyte / Mustekala journal / Saara Hacklin, in Finnish (2011)



Turku Art Museum, 4 October – 24 November 2024


Current and recent:

Dialogues at EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art (FI), from November 2023

New exhibition of the Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection, features pairs or groups of works that engage in free dialogue with one another.

The artists featured are Henni Alftan, Rasheed Araeen, Jesse Darling, A K Dolven, Giorgio Griffa, Åsa Hellman, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Roni Horn, Emma Jääskeläinen, Lucy McKenzie, Olli Keränen, Christine Sun Kim, Lee Lozano, Leena Luostarinen, Sandra Mujinga, Rashaad Newsome, Berenice Olmedo, Sini Pelkki, Silja Rantanen, Maja Ruznic, Kain Tapper, Rose Wylie and Haegue Yang.

Sini Pelkki: In Reality, Present, Pigment ink prints from film negative, mounted on glass, textured glass, 2020-2021.

Olli Keränen: Black Leg (2020), Giorgo Griffa: Oblique Polychrome (1970), Sini Pelkki: Emergency (2021), Exit (2021). Installation photographs: Paula Virta. 

Askelia ihmisyyteen – Approaching Humanity

Erno Enkenberg & Sini Pelkki, curated by Aura Seikkula

Helinä Rautavaaran museo, Espoo (FI), 31 March – 29 October 2023

Sini Pelkki: Attention, 2022/2023, Pigment Ink Print from film negative,

mounted on aluminium, wooden frame, 125cm x 105cm



Is All

Forum Box / Mediabox, Helsinki, 13 January – 5 February 2023

Sini Pelkki‘s video work Is All (2021) brings together different elements, through which text and image meet as material and gestures. The work reflects on time, its transience and presence, through interpretation, repetition, and the resulting alterations. The texts in the work, read out and to be read, are Emma Hammarén‘s and Mikko Kuorinkis variations on Sini Pelkki’s photographic works, that are not named here. Pelkki in turn varies the texts again in her video piece. The words read aloud by Emma Hammarén first come to the viewer as instructions (do this, watch like this), but their relationship to the flow of the work is not that. Once more, with feeling, the voice says and together with the images words create again new gestures, new variations. -Petronella Grönroos


Departing Shadow is included in the exhibition Tanssi! Liikettä kuvataiteessa 1880-2020 /

Dance! – Movement in the visual arts 1880–2020 at HAM Helsinki Art Museum

25 March – 11 September 2022.                                                                                                                                    

Curated by art and culture historian Hanna-Reetta Schreck and curator Arttu Merimaa.

The exhibition is on at  Oulu Art Museum from 8 October 2022 until 15 January 2023


17 March 2022 at 6pm and 7pm

A Dim light blinking really far away in the distance

Screening at Titanik Gallery curated by Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik


Rindon JohnsonDiana Said… (2019) | Ozhopé CollectiveRow 1 (2017) | Abigail LucienGentle Treatment I (2018) | Vijay Masharani: Command | Plea (2021), Thunder scene (2021) | Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik & Coco Klockner: Jane Eyre, Los Angeles (2021) | Justine Melford-Colegate: ambition, suspensions, broken chord (2020) | Sini Pelkki: Length (2016) | Lewis Teague Wright: TOYOTA00 (2018) 



at Cité internationale des arts Paris, Petite Galerie

21 January – 20 February 2022


ergs, Sar, igs

with Timo Andersson, Elina Autio, Maria Duncker, Miko Hornborg, Eetu Huhtala, Mikko Jalavisto, Saija Kivikangas, Tuomo Laakso, Benjamin Orlow, Sini Pelkki, Antti-Ville Reinikainen, Pentti Sammallahti, Astrid Strömberg, Marja Viitahuhta, Niina Villanueva, Laura Wesamaa

Glasshouse Helsinki  18 November 2021 – 8 January 2022

Curated by artist Anna Tuori

Sini Pelkki: A Replacement (2013)


meaningful meanings

Solo exhibition at Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki 3-26 September 2021

Sini Pelkki: Exit, 2021. Installation photograph: Milla Talassalo


February 2021

Sini Pelkki & Jani Ruscica: Screen Test (For a Living Sculpture), 2012, 16mm Film, silent, duration 00:03:00. Installed from the collection HAM Helsinki Art Museum to Helsinki City Hall


December 2020

Meet the Artist – Sini Pelkki 

AV-arkki’s series of artist interviews. AV-arkki is the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art. 


Departing Shadow

Monitoimitila O.

A Space for Contemporary Art, Helsinki

28th November to 20th December 2020 – extended to 10th January 2021. 


Sheet No4 at Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin 2020,

Exhibited at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin on Sunday 30th August

additionally there will be an online screening of the programme.

Sheet No4 in “Protocol”, streamed on Sunday 30th August at 3pm (CET) . Free entry/access

Screening: Protocol / Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin


Embarkation as a Visual Overture, The Media Wall of Helsinki Music Centre.

Screenings: 6/11/12/20/25/26 March at 6.30

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Visual Overture


Sheet No4 selected for Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin 2020,

Screening on Wednesday 26th February  6pm at Grand Palais auditorium

Screening: Protocol / Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin


Visual Overture, The Media Wall of Helsinki Music Centre, November 2019. Jani Ruscica & Sini Pelkki: Screen Test (For A Living Sculpture)
Helsinki Music Centre


Film screening: Relational Capacities
9 September 2019
Bio Rex, Helsinki
Films by Azar Saiyar, Laure Prouvost, Nazli Dincel, Sini Pelkki, Jacqueline Goss, Colectivo los Ingravidos. Curated by Rachael Rakes.
Frame Contemporary Art Finland / Rehearsing Hospitalities

Cafe OTO, London (UK) / 9 June 2019
A REPLACEMENT – Interactions and reflections by
Emma Hammarén / David Toop / Ashley Paul / O Yama O
Cafe OTO, London

Aller Park Studios / 14 June 2019
Film Screening and conversation
Aller Park Studios, Dartington, Devon, UK

Sheet No4
EMAF-European Media Art Festival No32, Osnabrück, DE 24.-28.4.2019
EMAF-Film Programme
Arranged Lines (2018) Photographic works in book form.
The Artists Book was released at Bookies 2018 held 23-25 November 2018 at PUBLICS, Helsinki

Sini Pelkki
Sheet No4
HAM  Helsinki Art Museum / HAM-galleria
18th January – 25th February 2018

Body Building
Artor Jesus Inkerö, Essi Kausalinen, Reija Meriläinen, Sini Pelkki & Jani Ruscica, Aurora Reinhard, Iiu Susiraja, Niina Tervo, Masi Tiitta, Anna Torkkel, Salla Tykkä
Curated by Piia Oksanen
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku FI
20th October 2017 – 14th January 2018

Sini Pelkki
SIC, Helsinki FI
28th April – 15th May 2017

Sini Pelkki
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku FI
23th September – 20th November 2016

Eleanor Wright/Sam Watson: Continuous Material
Incorporating works and contributions by Eric Bainbridge, Paul Becker, Ralf Brög, Aleksandra Konopek, Sini Pelkki, Josh Wilson
Drop City, Newcastle UK & Durham Castle Museum, Durham UK

27th April – 24th May 2015

Yhdeksän elämän museo / The Nine Lives Museum
Maija Blåfield, Happy Magic Society, Mikko Kallio, Pasi Mäkelä, Sini Pelkki & Emma Hammarén, Pia Sirén, Miroslav Varga ja Ilona Valkonen

Guidebook to Yhdeksän elämän museo

29th November – 21st December 2014