Sara Pajunen

July 14 – September 9, 2023

Acknowledgement logos for Grant awards from Minnesota State Legislature, Minnesota State Arts Board and National Endowment for the Arts.

This summer we feature a solo exhibiton of Sara Pajunen's recent sound and film work about our region and her ancestral home in Finland.  Sara Pajunen is a composer-improvisor and an audiovisual artist based in what is now called Minnesota (USA). Trained as a violinist and employing locally-responsive media ranging from field recordings to drone imagery, her work is motivated by interactions between her ancestral roots, American cultural histories, and connection to our environments through sound.

A note about the images.  Each represents a still image from a video and sound piece currently on display at the gallery.  Ask us about short video clips.

Specific to this exhibition from the artist: "Sara Pajunen will present audiovisual work, sound art, and photographs from her projects “Mine Songs: Sounding an Altered Landscape” and “The Places We Know.” The connected projects use field recording, violin, aerial image, and archival material to focus on themes of long-rhythm and broken connections with environment, dominant cultural narratives, and listening as presence."


Sara Pajunen is a fiscal year 2023 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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