Erica Nyholm

Erica Nyholm’s works deal with family relationships, often between mothers, daughters and siblings. They explore the family dynamic from a woman’s perspective. In her works, families appear as units that run according to their own rules, in which we grow into individuals, mirroring ourselves off the other family members.
Nyholm’s works are concerned with important moments that define the course of our lives. They give permanent visual form to memories that fade over time.

Nyholm constructs her works carefully by combining elements of staged and documentary photography. She selects her models, stages the scene, and plans the angle and direction of light. Each work creates its own independent microcosm: a fictional story based on a set of real memories and experiences. The images often convey a strong sense of either closeness or distance between the people photographed. They make us reflect on what we are like as people: what binds us together or separates us.

Solo Exhibitions


2018 LA QUARTA PARETE, Visionarea Art Space, Rome, IT
Erica Nyholm, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, FN
2015 Sininen näyttämö, Northern Photographic Centre, FI
2014 Sininen näyttämö, Kluuvin galleria, Helsinki, FI
2012 A Room of One´s Own II, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, FI
2010 A Room of One´s Own, Photographic centre Peri, Turku, FI

Group Exhibitions


2017 Minän Teatteri, Ars Nova % Aboa Vetus, Turku, FI
2016 Scene with Saana Wang in Photographic centre Peri, Turku, FI
2016 VIII Pilar Citoler International Prize for Contemporary Photography – group show in Sala Vimcorsa, Cordoba, ES
2015 Nuoret 2015, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, FI
2015 Gesture towards the self, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, curated by Harri Pälviranta ES
2015 Kuvan täydeltä, Purnu, curated by Pessi Rautio, Purnu, FI
2014 Pole Nord, l`ésam Caen/Cherbourg-site de Caen, curated by Didier Mouchel, FR
2014 Hope & Faith, Encontros da Imagem Festival, PT
2014 Festival Circulation(s), Paris subway, Paris, FR
2014 Festival Circulation(s), Centquatre, Paris, FR
2014 London Art Fair, MC2Gallery, London, UK
2013 Summer School – Kesäkoulu, Lahti, FI
2013 Summer School – Kesäkoulu, Valokuvataiteen museo, Helsinki, FI
2013 Three (Talents) in a Boat, MC2 Gallery, Milano, IT
2013 Valon houkutus, Lahden kaupunginmuseo, Lahti, FI
2012 SFR Young Talent, Paris Photo 2012, Grand Palais, Paris, FR
2012 Next Design exhibition, Shanghai, CN
2012 Photomeetings Luxembourg, Galerie Beim Engel, Luxembourg, LU
2012 The Art of Basware, Sanomatalo, Helsinki
2012 Moa 2012, Year Show, Jätkäsaari, Helsink, FI
2011 Art Fair Suomi, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, FI
2010 Taiteilijat 2010, TR1 Taidehalli, Tampere, FI
2009 Nuoret 2009, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, FI
2009 Post Photo 17th, Gallery Topohaus, Seoul, KR
2008 Secured Area, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, MY
2007 Future Image, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin, IE
2007 Uutuus-Nyhet, Lahden Taidepanimo, Lahti, FI
2007 “There`s somethong wrong with the view”, Jukka Male museo, Helsinki, FI
2007 “There`s somethong wrong with the view” , Valokuvakeskus Peri, Turku, FI
2006 Piirustuskoulun Tähdet, Galleria Nefret, Turku, FI
2006 Neljä Elementtiä, B-Galleria, Turku, FI
2005 Auki, Photographic centre Peri, Turku, FI

Grants and Stipendies


2016 Arts Council of Finland
2016 Alfred kordelin Foundation
2016 Arts Council of Finland
2016 Frame
2015 The Young Artist Grant of Finnish Art Society
2015 Paulo Foundation
2015 Arts Council of Finland
2014 Arts Council of Finland
2014 Frame
2014 Konstsamfundet
2014 Arts Council of Finland
2013 Alfred kordelin Stitfelse
2013 Arts Council of Finland
2012 Stipend of Aalto University, School of Art and Design
2012 Finnfoto
2012 Frame
2012 Finnish Cultural Foundation, Uusimaa Regional Fund
2012 Arts Council of Finland
2011 Finnfoto ry
2011 Arts Council of Finland
2010 Majaoja Foundation
2010 Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse
2010 Arts Council of Finland
2009 Finnfoto ry
2008 Stipend of Arts Academy at Turku Polytechnic