Jani Leinonen In 2002 artist Jani Leinonen compiled his thesis for the Academy of Fine Arts using pieces painted by others. This Pay Per View exhibition contained paintings across a diverse spectrum –from totally unknown artists to Jeff Koons. Each artwork had been placed behind an opaque sheet with a slot machine… Read more


This text is an interview, and I don’t like doing interviews, not one bit. Why have I agreed to do one, then? It has something to do with how Jani Leinonen (1978) and Riiko Sakkinen (1976) deal with people. They have a way of making people do surprising things for them, and surprising… Read more

A Small Study of Artist Jani Leinonen First of all, it is very important to state that the private person Jani Leinonen and the artist Jani Leinonen have very little in common. The just happen to share the same name. Artist Jani Leinonen is very well planned and written character, who plays a… Read more

In one of the most recent memorable acts of artistic transgression, the Finnish artist Jani Leinonen illegally seized a McDonald’s hamburger chain mascot from a Helsinki franchise. This planned, strategic assault executed with pinpoint military precision that would make Mossad, the CIA, and any terrorist group envious, was not some frat house joke… Read more

When I was asked to write about Jani Leinonen I was pondering long what I should write because I do not know that much about art. My field of specialty is world politics and economy. However, I realised quickly that Jani Leinonen’s art is not about art but about the world. For him,… Read more

I was waiting in line to buy a movie ticket when I heard the news: Jani Leinonen had been incarcerated. Conversations with my Finnish friends in the previous weeks had been gripped with anxiety over the fate of a kidnapped Ronald McDonald figurine from a McDonald’s restaurant in Helsinki. A series of YouTube… Read more

The Situationists International claimed in the 1960s that social reality consists of visual spectacles: the images produce reality and reality turns into images. The leading figure of the movement, Guy Debord, described it thus: ”In modern capitalist society, life is presented as an enormous accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has… Read more