Miia Autio: Your Face Here
14.12.2019 - 19.01.2020
Vernissage 13 Dec at 5pm
Do you exist?
Are you visible?
Who can see you?
How does it make you feel?
In 1890, French police officer Alphonse Bertillon created an identification system based on physical measurements and standardized the process of photographic identification. The “Bertillon System” was the first scientific system used to identify criminals — the origin of modern surveillance. Subsequently, mechanisms of control and surveillance have become invisible forces.
Over three decades the central government of China was running an extreme population control program known as the one-child policy. From late 1970's to 2015 the plan created
approximately 13 million unregistered second-born children. Paradoxically, the extreme act of control had created a group of people who were outside of control.
In December 2018, American GPU (graphics processing unit) producer NVIDIA released a huge dataset of AI-generated human faces. Flickr-Faces-HQ (FFHQ) contains 70,000 high-quality images at 1024 resolution. While a great amount of people are forced to live
faceless, artificial intelligence has learned to create plausible images of non-existant human faces.
Miia Autio (b. 1986) is a visual artist mainly working with photography. Her works deal with the themes of otherness, identity and viewership in light of different societal issues. Often defined topics or selected groups of people open up more extensive questions and unitive motifs. In her artistic work she is interested in disclosing conceptions and power structures that photography creates.
Autio graduated as a photographer from the Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Art and the Bielefeld University of applied sciences. She is currently studying for a MFA degree at the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts in Helsinki. Her works have been seen in several solo and group shows in both Finland and abroad.
More about the artist: miiaautio.com