The Great Escape is a story of how human beings have gradually become alienated from nature, how the landscape has turned into a stage, and how humanity has become role play. The Oulu-based photographer Anni Kinnunen (1978–) is often in front of her own camera, but her photographs are not self-portraits. They feature characters that are aesthetically more related to fantasy than the mock-documentary self-portrait that has become almost a mannerism in photographic art. On the other hand, the characters can also be interpreted in relation to the author's mindscapes and the current zeitgeist.
A sense of the unnatural, creeping precisely on the borderline between beautiful and distressing, is frequently present in her images. Their excessive artificiality is sometimes amusing, but also poses serious and direct questions concerning our relationship with nature and alienation: Where are we going to, and why? Are we running away from something?
The exhibition consists of photographs, videos and an installation. Most of the works have been created for this exhibition. A strong sense of physical presence and subjective impressions of colour, both typical to Kinnunen's work, are given more and more surreal overtones as the highly charged and stripped-down juxtapositions of colour explore uncharted territories. The thematically unbroken whole is timely, polemic and powerfully visual.