My roots are deeply anchored in a cultural heritage of hard work and religious conviction. I was born in
a small solitary village in the woods on the west coast of Finland in the late 70's. When I was twelve, my father died. As a child I had always collected things, but then it became even more important for me to collect objects
containers of memories and emotions. And not just objects, I wanted to collect and embrace life fully, through my eyes and documentation. So I have continued to gather both things, people and impressions near me. Under the skin. Close to the heart. To encapsulate, maintain and care for. To sometimes release everything in an uncontainable expression.

In my everyday life, I can be so vulnerable and brutally honest, that in photography I sometimes let myself go in the opposite direction, into the role of the theatrical. My imagination and my thoughts take such an animated expression within me that sometimes I want to use myself as a lifeless object. I want to be a thing with function, but without understanding. Be a thoughtless thing placed in order. I perform, play and explore the extremes of the outskirts. I am drawn to the contrasts, throwing myself between the true and the imagined, the ruled and the free, the thought and the intuitive, the dead and the living.

In my photography, I want to express emotions that are difficult to put into words. Wake something up. Catch. Release. Awake more. The being, the human being. To be with. To be more. To watch. To identify. Share the secrets of life, picture by picture, piece by piece –​​​​​​​ but never completely. Because completely does not exist.
CONTACT: 
ajalundphoto@gmail.com
+358 50 5971603
SUBMIT
Thank you!
CURRICULUM VITAE
Aja Lund  * 01.03.1979 

SOLOEXHIBITIONS 
2020 Jag är en samlare, jag vill ha mer! – Tobaksmagasinet | The Jakobstad – Pietarsaari Museum
2019 Jag är en samlare, jag vill ha mer! – The library of Larsmo municipality, Larsmo
2019 Jag är en samlare, jag vill ha mer! – Photo Gallery Ibis, Vasa

GROUPEXHIBITIONS 
2019 Utblick – Jag är en samlare, jag vill ha mer! – Tobaksmagasinet | The Jakobstad – Pietarsaari Museum
2018 Surfaces – In the Province of the Undressed – Mikkeli Centre of Photography, Mikkeli
2018 Insight – In the Province of the Undressed – Ostrobothnian Photography Centre Pova, Lapua
2018 Ytdjup – I Provinsen Avklädd – Galleri White Box, Jakobstad
2017 From Old to New – Handelsesplanaden – Galleri Zebra, Karis

GRANTS 
2020 The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland
2019 The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland
2019 The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland – 1-year working grant
2018 The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland
2018 The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland

BOOKS 
2019 Jag är en samlare, jag vill ha mer!

AWARDS 
2020 The book ”Jag är en samlare, jag vill ha mer!” was nominated to the Years Book at Collector’s Awards at the Antique fair in Stockholm

EDUCATION 
2015–2019 Bachelor of Culture and Arts/Medianom, Novia University of Applied Sciences
2001 Graphic design, Svenska Yrkeshögskolan
1996–1999 Culture media and visual art, Svenska Yrkesinstitutet 

INTERNSHIP | WORKSHOP
2018 Internship with Anders Petersen in Stockholm, workshop with Anders Petersen in Helsingfors

WORK 
2020– Entrepreneur – Aja Lund Photography & Art 
2013– Part-owner, Ab Lundagård Oy – Lifestyleshop and webshop, www.lundagard.fi
2008–2019 Entrepreneur – Lundagård form & interiör 
2000–2013 Gave birth to five children, moved and renovated a log house

• Scenography and costume
Drama serial for children ”Kom vi flyger”, Nordic co-production showed in finnish tv/YLE autumn (2015)
• Graphic design
Book layout: Lyckan är en gammal gård (2014) Ingen är den andres lik (2014) Museala vardagsrum (2014) Lev mer på mindre (2013) Stundars (2013) Kvinnor och kakor vid Kyro älv (2010) 
Logotypes, illustrations and marketingmaterial
• Photography
Marketingpictures for skinlotion Aco (2011)
Photoseries to the retirement home Solängen/Oravais (2011)
Wedding and portrait photography, interior photography to the magazines Kloka hem and Lantliv
• Artwork
Three-dimensional artwork in wood to the retirement home Solängen/Oravais (2011)

2000 Layouter, assistant, Advertising agency PAP