Jussi Lautu



These are self-portraits of non-binary* people. This was a collaborative practice where the participants had control over their self-representation. They made and chose these portraits for this series. There are over one hundred participants in the series.

Jack Halberstam claims that in a hetero and cisnormative society, queer people will always fail. However, being an outsider might reveal the absurdity of those norms. Failure can be a superpower.  Alongside the self-portraits, the series includes failed views, glitches, taken from Google Street View.

The series is a part of my dissertation in gender studies. The research aims to find out what kind of norms and norm-critical aspects (utopias) occur in the visual representations of gender non-binary. The objective of the research is to change the prevailing binary gender system by producing alternative ways of depicting gender visually. The objective of the photoshoot method is to make portraits of non-binary people on their terms.

The project has been supported by Finnfoto ry, the Art Promotion Center Finland, The Olga and Vilho Linnamo Foundation, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, KONE foundation and Kansan sivistysrahasto


*Here ‘non-binary’ is used as an umbrella term for anyone who does not self-evidently identify according to the binary gender norm as a man or a woman.



Self-portrait of 01001110 01001100 (2023)
Self-portrait of A&S (2023)
Self-portrait of Aamu (2022)
Self-portrait of Aarni Juoksa (2024)
Self-portrait of Aarni Riitasointu (2022)
Self-portrait of Aava (2022)
Self-portrait of Aava E. (2023)
Minuška Afanasjeffin Darjan Marian Marjuškan Papus (2024)
Self-portrait of Alba (2022)
Self-portrait of alice (2024)
Self-portrait of Ami (2022)
Self-portrait of Anni (2023)
Self-portrait of Ano (2022)
Self-portrait of Ansku (2023)
Lines of Flight III (2020)
Self-portrait of Aro Valtteri Mielonen (2020)
Self-portrait of Atu (2023)
Self-portrait of Auri (2023)
Self-portrait of Bambi Lehtonen (2023)
Self-portrait of C. (2023)
Self-portrait of DN (2023)
Self-portrait of E (2023)
Self-portrait of Eli Teeo (2023)
Self-portrait of Ellen (2024)
Self-portrait of Emel Tuupainen (2020)
Self-portrait of Esteri Lovisa (2023)
Self-portrait of Ez Swan (2023)
Self-portrait of Fe Simeoni (2022)
Needle in the Eye III (2020)
Self-portrait of Fiona (2024)
Self-portrait of Frank (2020)
Self-portrait of FRDZ (2023)
Self-portrait of Halla (2023)
Self-portrait of harakka (2022)
Self-portrait of Heli (2022)
Self-portrait of Heli O (2023)
Self-portrait of Helli (2023)
Self-portrait of Helmi (2022)
Self-portrait of Helmi Aletta (2023)
Self-portrait of Humppa K. Hasardi (2023)
Minuška Häkin Lumpan Antin Mauras (2023)
Self-portrait of iibislintu (2022)
Self-portrait of jaani (2020)
Self-portrait of Jacques Saph (2022)
Self-portrait of Jalmari (2023)
Self-portrait of Jartsa ja Eikka (2023)
Self-portrait of Jenna (2024)
Lines of Flight I (2020)
Self-portrait of Jimi (2023)
Self-portrait of Jolene (2022)
Self-portrait of Jomppu (2023)
Self-portrait of Jonne Sippola (2020)
Self-portrait of Julia (2023)
Self-portrait of Jussi (2020)
Self-portrait of Kadi Vija (2023)
Self-portrait of Kaino (2024)
Self-portrait of Kamos (2020)
Self-portrait of Karo (2024)
Self-portrait of Kian (2024)
Self-portrait of Lauha (2023)
Self-portrait of Lele (2023)
Self-portrait of Lilja (2023)
Self-portrait of Lilu (2023)
Self-portrait of Lotta (2022)
Self-portrait of Lottis (2023)
Self-portrait of Luna Inkeri (2020)
Self-portrait of Ly (2022)
Self-portrait of M (2023)
Self-portrait of Maaria (2022)
Self-portrait of Maarit (2023)
Needle in the Eye II (2020)
Self-portrait of mau (2024)
Self-portrait of Milla (2023)
Self-portrait of Minni (2023)
Self-portrait of Mira (2023)
Self-portrait of Miro (2020)
Self-portrait of Myrsky (2022)
Self-portrait of N (2023)
Self-portrait of Nadiye (2024)
Self-portrait of Olvi (2023)
Self-portrait of Onerva L (2023)
Self-portrait of Oona Haapaniemi (2023)
Self-portrait of Ouva Kotkanoja (2022)
Self-portrait of Paju (2023)
Self-portrait of Penna (2022)
Self-portrait of Piisu (2023)
Self-portrait of Puro (2022)
Lines of Flight II (2020)
Self-portrait of Riikka-Leena (2023)
Self-portrait of Ringa (2022)
Self-portrait of Robert (2023)
Self-portrait of Robyn Seren (2024)
Self-portrait of Ronja (2022)
Self-portrait of Rooa Paldanius (2020)
Self-portrait of Rori (2023)
Self-portrait of Routa (2023)
Self-portrait of Ruska (2020)
Self-portrait of Ruusu (2022)
Self-portrait of S (Susanna "Suski" Oksanen) (2022)
Self-portrait of Samuel (2023)
Self-portrait of Santi Mercedes Pachón Garzón (2022)
Self-portrait of Sassy-Sam (2023)
Self-portrait of Sonja (2023)
Self-portrait of Susanna (2022)
Self-portrait of Susi Siriya (2023)
Self-portrait of Suva (2022)
Self-portrait of Teo (2023)
Self-portrait of Ti (2022)
Self-portrait of Tiikka Drama (2022)
Self-portrait of T. Tommi (2020)
Self-portrait of Utu (2023)
Lines of Flight IV (2020)
Self-portrait of Utu F (2024)
Self-portrait of Uula (2022)
Self-portrait of Valo Syksy Elia (2020)
Self-portrait of Valtteri (2020)
Self-portrait of viima (2023)
Self-portrait of Vilma (2022)
Self-portrait of x (2024)
Self-portrait of Yass (2024)




28.10.–20.11.2022 Hippolyte Studio, Helsinki, FI. photo Heidi Tirri
28.10.–20.11.2022 Hippolyte Studio, Helsinki, FI. photo Heidi Tirri
28.10.–20.11.2022 Hippolyte Studio, Helsinki, FI. photo Heidi Tirri
28.10.–20.11.2022 Hippolyte Studio, Helsinki, FI. photo Heidi Tirri
28.10.–20.11.2022 Hippolyte Studio, Helsinki, FI. photo Heidi Tirri
28.10.–20.11.2022 Hippolyte Studio, Helsinki, FI. photo Heidi Tirri
21.4.– 8.5.2022, B-galleria, Turku
21.4.– 8.5.2022, B-galleria, Turku
21.4.– 8.5.2022, B-galleria, Turku
7.-24.8.2021, Galleria Rajatila, Tampere, FI
7.-24.8.2021, Galleria Rajatila, Tampere, FI
21.4.– 8.5.2022, B-galleria, Turku
7.-24.8.2021, Galleria Rajatila, Tampere, FI
7.-24.8.2021, Galleria Rajatila, Tampere, FI





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