Esa Ylijääskö
Spirit of Sauna

18.5.2018–9.9.2018

Pekka
2017
35x23cm
5 + 2 ap edition
Pigment print
350€

Untitled I
2016
30x30cm
5 + 2 ap edition
Pigment print 
370€

Father
2017
40x30cm
5 + 2 ap edition
Pigment print 
420€

Vihta (A Brich Whisk)
2017
57x46cm
5 + 2 ap edition
Pigment print 
850€

Sauna I
2016
30x30cm
5 + 2 ap edition
Pigment print 
370€

The End of Summer
2016
30x30cm
5 + 2 ap edition
Pigment print 
370€

Glistening River
2017
30x30cm
5 + 2 ap edition
Pigment print 
370€

Three muse and the floating head
2016
20x20cm
5 + 2 ap edition
Pigment print 
300€

Kivisalmi
2017
40x28cm
5 + 2 ap edition
Pigment print 
420€

Ossi
2016
30x30cm
5 + 2 ap edition
Pigment print 
370€

Reborn
2016
30x30cm
5 + 2 ap edition
Pigment print 
370€

A Mirror 
2016
30x30cm
5 + 2 ap edition
Pigment print 
370€

Spirit of Sauna

A myth says that saunas have a power of healing. People use to heal themselves self by whipping their bodies in steamy saunas with birch whisks usually. You thank the spirit with a ritual when you throw heat on the huge pile of hot stones – calling in the spirit of Sauna.

Ylijääskö shot dozens of saunas between 2016-2017 and the work is continuing. In this series you can find landscapes and people on top of saunas, all being a sensitive part of the spirit of sauna. Ylijääskö has his own unique style of black and white photography and his use of contrasts and lack of gray scale brings certain crispiness to his images.

“Sauna is a sacred place to all Finns. Architecture reminds religious buildings. It’s a religion. We build saunas in the most creative ways: in a car, a boat, a tent or even a train. It’s the first thing we build in a new home, it’s the first thing we do after a long trip. It’s a temple where everybody is equal. All undressed and naked. Men and women. It’s confessional where the sins are washed away” Ylijääskö says.

Esa Ylijääskö

Esa Ylijääskö (born 1989) is a photographer originally from a small northern town of Keminmaa, Finland. He graduated from Jyväskylä College of Arts. He’s well known of his personal in-depth documentary work on the victims of the Syrian civil war.

Ylijääskö has been awarded in the Magnum Photos Showcase 2012, Gomma Grant 2016, Carina Appel Award 2017, FotoFinlandia award 2018. He was in VII mentor program in 2017.