Saija Alexandra Kangasniemi (b. 1985) is a Finnish visual and performance artist based in Helsinki. She is mainly working with the body and movement, through the mediums of video and live performance. She also works with ceramics and textiles. She is currently working with the
support of Kone Foundation and finishing her MA degree in Aalto Arts in the program of Visual Culture and Contemporary Art. She did her Erasmus exchange in École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris studying performance, dance and choreography.
Saija Alexandra Kangasniemi works with performance, the body and movement, as well as with ceramics and textiles. In her current artistic practice, she is dealing with questions regarding consciousness, especially around the dream and awake states. She investigates different practices,
methods and habits, that effect the state of consciousness, and the relation of these practices to her own artistic practice. In her works, she addresses the interrelation of the experiences of the awake state and the dream, dealing with topics such as the body, self and presence. She uses diary writing and a dream journal as a tool in her daily practice, often combining moving image and text in her work. She captures experiments of improvised movement through video, which will later form the
final work or part of the documentation of her research work. She is intrigued by the choreographic possibilities of video editing as a tool for making compositions.