Pinja Valja (nee Sormunen)
Born 1984 in Espoo, Finland.
Lives and works in Helsinki.

Education

2016 Master of Arts, Photography, Aalto University School of Art and Design
2011 Bachelor of Arts, Photography, Aalto University School of Art and Design
2008 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tampere Polytechnic, Department of Fine Arts
2010-11 Exchange studies, Video and Media Art,  Seika University, Kyoto, Japan

Solo Exhibitions

2017 (coming up) MUU Galleria, Helsinki
2016 Meri/Havet, Galleria Rantakasarmi, Helsinki
2015 Kuvas seuraa mun matkallain, FISH Gallery, Helsinki
2014 Sivullinen, Gallery Huuto, Helsinki
2013 Sivullinen, Gallery Uusi Kipinä, Lahti
2007 Nainen X, Gallery NaistenHuone, Helsinki
2006 Tilat 1-8, Ikuinen Galleria, Tampere

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 The Young 2015, The Art Hall, Helsinki
2015 Helsinki sür mer, Finnish Embassy, Paris
2013 Summer School, Gallery OyOy, Lahti
2013 Summer School, Museum Of Photography, Helsinki
2011 Chiral, Kara-S, Kyoto
2010 I Remember Paris, Museum of Photography, Helsinki
2009 The Young 2009, The Art Hall, Helsinki
2009 I Will Not Walk Away, Gallery Alkovi, Helsinki
2008 Revohka, TR-1, Tampere

Exhibitons of collective Kettu 2000 (with Emma Suominen and Vanessa Virmajoki)

2010 Other Shoes, Gallery Jangva, Helsinki
2010 Other Shoes, Kamera Gallery, Helsinki

Films At Festivals

2015 The Bystander, Cinevana Amsterdam
2015 the Bystander, Turtle Filmfest Hólmavik, Iceland
2015 Media Film Festival, Media, USA
2015 Berlin Independent Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
2014 The Bystander, nomination for best documentary short, Jameson Cinefest, Miskolc, Hungary
2014 the Bystander, Okseo Film Festival, Germany
2012 Out Of Order, Nopeutus, Helsinki
2011 A Week As Vanessa, Random Film Festival, Bór Zapilski, Poland

Member

2013- Artist's Association Muu ry

Other 

2013- Photographer for project Monokini 2.0 by Nutty Tarts
2015 Monokini 2.0, Finlandshuset, Stockholm
2015 Monokini 2.0, Kunstplasse 10, Oslo, Norway
2014 Monokini 2.0 Exhibition at the Finnish Museum Of Photography
2014 Monokini 2.0 at Anna Nordlander Museum, Skellefteå, Sweden
2015 Monokini 2.0 at Kunstplasse 10, Oslo, Norway