Ongoing long term projects

Beginnings – This project materialises at the intersection of photography and storytelling. I am curious about the relationsip between image and fiction and want to tease out alternative stories out of various locations that I shoot on film.

Afropolis – A continuous work on urban environment and its ongoing transformation in the Sahel and beyond. I started this project in autumn 2019 and it evolves in various media.

Get Ndaru Mool Organic photography. I started this series in 2018 as a photo essay with portraits produced on fish skin. They represent a community of fishermen who, as a result of climate change, coastal erosion and rising sea levels, are losing their homes and jobs in a world in which the entire traditional and small-scale fishing and fish processing are at stake. The portraits have been on show in Gorée in April 2019 by Fondation Dapper and in Finland in June-July 2019 in a collective show called The Ocean of Tuonela.

Deep – underwater photography. This work touches my own limits and paces my existence according to the rhythm of free-diving. Some of these photos have been on show in Finland and in St.Louis, Missouri (US), hosted by Barret Barrera Projects and curated by Modou Dieng / Blackpuffin. In 2021 I will be experimenting with the combination of underwater photography and cyanotype.

Shorter projects

Soundscapes from the Sahel If anything, it is not quiet in the Sahel region. I am creating short vignettes that combine local sounds – music or other types of spontaneous sounds – and visual elements.

Azmari House, or What Happened After Midnight A study on the Ethiopian institution of Azmari Houses, cafés and more generally public space and their role in contemporary Ethiopian urban culture.

Other past projects

Haal Pulaar! In 2021 I’m collecting my favorite words and expressions customary to the Pulaar language. You can follow this personal adventure of learning a language in my blog, along with other topics.

Ci biir dexu Senegal – stories from the Senegal river a photography book with stories told by Idrissa Diallo. The Finnish edition Tarinoita Senegaljoesta was published in March 2019 and a Wolof edition will be published next.

Ci biir dexu Senegal – stories from the Senegal river © Jarmo Pikkujämsä

Afropolis 2020: Saint-Louis – A home residency project carried out in Saint-Louis during the Covid-19 pandemic. A series of photographs and a 45-minute documentary with interviews.

Nordic Makers’ Film Festivala presentation video for the festival that will be held in Finland in October 2020. I am a member of the organizing committee of this festival through Yelema Ry.

Evanesce – Underwater photography, mixed media. A documentation and a dreamlike series about evanescence, or the transmission of organic matter in my photographic work.

Recent exhibitions

In 4-5 September 2021 I open the doors to my summer studio during Konstrundan in Finland.

Afrikkalaisia Kaupunkitiloja – Afrikanska Urbana Rum, Photographs and a documentary screening. Pohjoinen Tullitupa (Kristinestad, 9.-16 August 2020). A home residency project supported by The Kone Foundation.

Afropolis expo poster 9Nov2019 Ndar Ndar

A work-in-progress preview on Afropolis, Ndar Ndar Music & Café (Saint-Louis, Nov.-Dec. 2019)

BarrettBarrera poster

Collective: Barrett Barrera Projects and ​Blackpuffin are pleased to present ​Saint Louis to St. Louis: The City on the River meets River City ​curated by Modou Dieng​, a major exhibition of contemporary art from Saint Louis, Senegal in St. Louis, Missouri (US) with a show celebrating sister cities across the great Atlantic Ocean and global artistic exchange of diaspora and hybridity (Oct. 17 – Dec. 21, 2019.)

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Collective: The Ocean of Tuonela: Human and Temporal Impacts, 17-31 July at Bailiff Starcke’s House, Kristinestad, Finland.


Collective: Vivre! Photographie de la Résilience. Fondation Dapper, (29 March-29 April 2019, Gorée, Senegal)

Artskop’s exhibition catalogue Living! Photographs of Resilience


Evanesce – Ndar Ndar Music & Café (12-30 April 2019, Saint-Louis, Senegal)

Häivähdys. Photographs (10-20 June, Pohjoinen Tullitupa, Kristiinankaupunki, Finland)

Collective: Vivre! Photographie de la Résilience. Fondation Dapper, (29 March-29 April 2019, Gorée, Senegal)

Evanesce. Photographs on organic surfaces. (12-30 April 2019, Ndar Ndar, Saint-Louis)

Self. Portraits on wood (2018, Ndar Ndar, Saint-Louis)

Deep. Underwater portraits (June 2018, Kristinestad International Art Week, Finland)

Something is hatching at la Folie du Baron. Photographs (2017, La Résidence, Saint-Louis)

Ça Bouge. Photographs and video installation (2017, Festival Le Fleuve en couleurs, Saint-Louis)

Jamonoo Ngi Nii. Photographs and video installation (2016, Dakar Biennale OFF)

Collective: Dessins & Design. Photographs and light installations (2016, Galérie Éthiopiques, Saint-Louis)

Sabaru Demb – A Rhythmic Experience. Photography and recordings (2015, Galérie Éthiopiques, Saint-Louis)