Exhibition dates: 16 February – 6 April 2019
For her solo exhibition at PAPER, Niina Lehtonen Braun will present her new series collaged paintings, The Girl and the Nettle. The works are populated by an assortment of female characters: the recluse, the mother, the nurturer, the carer, the mistress, all deeply engrossed in their task and consumed in their very existence. Yet there is a moment of confusion: these beautiful women are confronted with anxiety and self doubt.

The exhibition focuses on the different roles of women. In one work, a lady, naked and alone in bed, sips champagne whilst watching Fellini's Roma (1972) on a portable television. Surrounding her is a wash of maudlin hues, and at the centre of which, a black balloon floats menacingly above her head; almost a reversal of Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon (1956), extinguishing all hope. Pain and beauty are themes that run throughout Lehtonen Braun's art.

Watercolours, ink, and delicately excised collage elements are the key factors of Lehtonen Braun’s work. Her work asks pertinent question such as: What does it mean to be a woman? How can role models be fulfilled? What inner conflicts arise?

Originally from Helsinki, Niina Lehtonen Braun was the first member of her family to choose a career in art. Her grandmother was a farmer, and the influence of rural life and family bonds feed into her practice. She finds herself continually divided: between her art and her family, tradition and innovation, security and freedom, fulfilment and desperation. These vexations she addresses through her female characters, illustrating the continual challenges faced by a contemporary female artist: the dialogue between the expectations imposed by the art world alongside pertinent questions about being a woman today.

Original text by Dr. Christine Nippe, commissioned for Visiting Artist program at the Finnish Institute, Berlin

Niina's exhibition is supported by Frame Contemporary Art Finland​​​​​​​

Girl and the Nettle
Collage, Ink and Watercolour on Paper
84 x 59.5cm
2018
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Fellinis Roma
Collage, Ink and Watercolour on Paper
84 x 59.5cm
2018
£700
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November socks
Collage, Ink and Watercolour on Paper
15.5 x 11 cm
2018
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Untitled (red shoes)
mixed media on paper 
21 x 15 cm
2019
£175
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Toss Me a Cigarette
mixed media on paper
49 x 22 cm
2018
£175
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Untitled (Prayer)
mixed media on paper
84 x 59.5 cm
2018
£700
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Untitled (Hanging Laundry)
mixed media on paper
84 x 59.5 cm
2018
£700
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Untitled (Tulips)
mixed media on paper
84 x 59.5 cm
2018
£700
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Untitled (Smiley Balloon)
mixed media on paper
59 x 42 cm
2018
£350
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Untitled (Grey Shoe)
mixed media on paper
59 x 42 cm
2018
£350
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Untitled (the brown shoe II)
mixed media on paper
35 x 27.5 cm
2019
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Untitled (Mirror)
 mixed media on paper
56 x 42 cm
2019
£350
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Yes, You Idiot
mixed media on paper
28 x 35 cm,
2018 
£250
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Untitled (Mädchen)
mixed media on paper
30 x 21 cm
2018 
£175
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Untitled (Sleeping)
mixed media on paper
84 x 59.5 cm
2018
£700
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The Path
mixed media on paper
59.5 cm x 84 cm
2018
£700
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I am the sum of all my parents´ faults
collage and watercolour on paper,
21 x 29.5 cm
2018
£175
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About Niina Lehtonen Braun

Niina Lehtonen Braun (b. 1975, Helsinki) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki in 2000 and has been based in Berlin since then. In addition to collages, her artistic work includes paintings, installations and performances. Lehtonen Braun is a founding member of the performance group JOKAklubi (FI/DE), and she regularly works in co-operation with the performance group Sabotanic Garden (FI/CZ). Lehtonen Braun has published two art books; Mother Said (Kerber Verlag, 2013) and These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You (Kerber Verlag, 2016).