Kati Leinonen – Äimärautio
Äimärautio, a series of photographs by photographer, MA Kati Leinonen (1974–) shot between 2015 and 2017, explores the relationship and coexistence between human beings and horses using photograph, video and sound.
Photographer Kati Leinonen (1974–) started her riding hobby at the Äimärautio stables in Oulu when she was seven. After student years spent in the United Kingdom, Leinonen returned to her beloved hobby a little more than ten years ago, and today rides her own horse almost daily. In her adult years, she has focused especially on dressage.
The Äimärautio horse sports centre is located 3 kilometres south from downtown Oulu. The area is also home to Finland’s oldest horse racing track still operating in its original location, established in 1922, and Northern Finland’s biggest and most traditional riding club, Oulun Ratsastajat. All events counted, the area welcomes approximately 100,000 visitors each year.
Äimärautio is also the title of Leinonen’s first long-term documentary photographic project, shot in 2015–2017. A book of photographs with the same title was published in autumn 2018. Photographs from the Äimärautio series have been exhibited previously in venues including the Finnish Museum of Photography, but the largest selection, which also features a new video installation that explores the essence and the aesthetics of the horse, is displayed now in the Oulu Museum of Art.
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