Friday 12.9 at 6pm at Arkadia: Launch of Leftover/Removals by artist Maija Tammi

Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to the launch of Leftover/Removals by artist Maija Tammi on Friday 12.9 at 6pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)

Leftover is a photography series of used radiotherapy masks collected from three different hospitals. The masks hold traces of the people who wore them and smell like fear that was and still is. Tammi collected and photographed over three hundred masks of which a selection of 27 is presented in the book.

Award winning series Removals shows some of the most common diseases a few minutes after the surgical operations, captured in the corners of operating rooms, at two hospitals in Finland. The series questions if beauty stops at the skin leaving everything underneath disgusting but also removes the other, the suffering patient, leaving the viewer with the bare disease.

The photographs are accompanied with a dialogue of three surgeons talking about the photos.

Leftover/Removals is a double book that combines both series into a parallel story.


Warm regards,


Maija Tammi (b. 1985) is a Finnish photographer and artist. Tammi’s photographs and sculptures converse on topics around disgust, fear and abnormality. Her works have been acclaimed and exhibited internationally. Tammi is currently working on her doctoral thesis in photography at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. She is part of the photography collective 11.