Annele Lahti

Uniarts Helsinki


Nowadays it is hard to find a place that is plastic-free. Plastic is everywhere and impossible to avoid. It also ends up in oceans, rivers, forests, the side of the road. According to research, it can take up to a thousand years for plastic to decompose in nature. Some even say that the air we breathe contains plastic.

My works in this exhibition have been printed from the exposed surfaces of photopolymer plates. Images were exposed onto the plates using strong UV-light and developing them in water. During the development process, small translucent grains of plastic separated from the surface of the plate. At the end of the process the plastic water was collected and poured into flat plastic-covered tanks to evaporate. During evaporation the plastic becomes visible and finally, when the water has completely evaporated, the plastic waste can be recycled.

Plastic is also visible in the printed images created from the photopolymer plates. It appears in places where it should not, in the middle of the forest and in nature. Affordable and easy to manufacture, plastic has become an essential and invaluable material on our planet, but its indestructibility in nature also makes it problematic.

Curriculum vitae

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Print Matters

Oslo National Academy of Fine Arts

Publish or Perish!

Tokyo University of the Arts

In a State of Flux: What now? Where are we?

The University of the Arts Helsinki


University of Alberta

Graphica Creativa

Pohjoismaiden vanhin grafiikkanäyttely

The Graphica Creativa triennale has been held in Jyväskylä since 1975. From 1998 the organiser has been the Jyväskylä Art Museum. Graphica Creativa is the oldest international print exhibition in the Nordic countries and the only one regularly organised in Finland.

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