Heli Rekula is an acknowledged Finnish artist working with photography, moving image and installation. Rekula is known for both her staged and landscape photographs. She deals with matters like cultural ideals of beauty and the questions of normative identity construction. In 2001 Rekula participated in the Plateau of Humankind exhibition at the Venice Biennale and her retrospective exhibition (1989–2004) was seen at Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma in 2005. Rekula was awarded with the Finnish State Prize for Photography in 2005 and with Ars Fennica Award in 2002. In 2012, she was a candidate for the Nordic Carnegie Art Award.