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Student Showcase Archive

Ida Taavitsainen

MA work

MA work

  • My Lover's Back

    My Lover's Back, Ida Taavitsainen 2014
    C-type print
    48,5 x 48,5 cm

  • A Day in the Park

    A Day in the Park, Ida Taavitsainen 2013
    C-type print
    48,5 x 48,5 cm

  • Sakura

    Sakura, Ida Taavitsainen 2014
    C-type print
    70 x 85 cm

and most of all I long for your touch

"Last year two things happened to me:

I fell in love with someone.

I fell in love with someone who lives on the other side of the world.”

and most of all I long for your touch is a project that looks at the artist’s personal life and the long-distance relationship she’s involved in.

Rather than a direct documentation of a relationship, the work is a visualisation of the inner feelings of the artist and her longing for her lover’s absent body and about the experiences, memories, hopes and fears that have come with the relationship.



  • Ida Taavitsainen profile image
  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2014

  • Ida Taavitsainen (born 1987, Helsinki, Finland) moved to England in 2008 to study photography. Her practice has been strongly shaped by living away from her loved ones and in her work she is interested in questions of presence and absence, family relations, loss and memories. Her work often grows out of personal experience and play with notions of fact and fiction. 

    Her first book, The Memory of My Wardrobe, is published by Booth-Clibborn Editions in November 2014. 

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Contemporary Photographic Practice, University for the Creative Arts, 2011
  • Experience

  • Artist talk, University of the Creative Arts Rochester, 2014; Artist talk, Kingston University, London, 2013; Online mentoring, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, 2012; Internship, Troika Editions, London, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • A Sense of Things, Hockney Gallery, London, 2014; Splinter Photo Fair, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, 2013; ISSP 2012 Exhibition, Kuldiga Town Exhibition Hall, Kuldiga, Latvia, 2012; The Organic Self: The Power of Value, Parlour Gallery, London, 2012; Out of Fashion, Myymälä2, Helsinki, Finland, 2011
  • Awards

  • Travel Grant, Kulturfonden, 2012
  • Publications

  • The Memory of My Wardrobe, Booth-Clibborn Editions, November, 2014; Science & Fiction, edited by Rut Blees Luxemburg, Black Dog Publishing, 2014; Out of Fashion, Ida Taavitsainen, Eeva Rinne & Siru Kivistö, self-published, 2011; The Memory of My Wardrobe, Address - Journal for Fashion Criticism, Issue 1, 2011, pp 68-73; Batch44, Camilla Brown, Douglas Murphy, Tom Slevin & Jean Wainwright, UCA Photography Degree publication, 2011