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In summer 2020, the Finnish Museum of Photography is exhibiting the works of photographer Sanna Kannisto (b. 1974) – spanning a period of 20 years – which will be Kannisto’s largest exhibition to date. Sense of Wonder is a cross section of the artist’s career, including her long-term photographic work at research stations in the rainforests of South America and her more recent project at the Hanko Bird Observatory. The diverse nature of the rainforest and the migratory birds of the north are a mesmerizing part of the exhibited works.
Sanna Kannisto’s métier is nature photography. Like her role models, she sees herself both as a scientist and an artist. In fact, her analytical insight is equal in every way to her creativity and passion. She creates moments of extraordinary beauty while, at the same time, bringing to light what has been previously remained hidden. Sanna Kannisto has her very own method of photographing birds against a white backdrop bathed in light: Removed from their usual surroundings, each and every detail appears in unparalleled clarity, enabling their precise study. Created in the process is a unique visual aesthetic: Feathers glow brightly; beating wings take on a majestic quality; and the deep black eyes of the birds seem to gaze insistingly into the camera. Sanna’s patience in realizing these photographs has proven to be well worthwhile. It is simply hard to imagine that photographs of birds could be more beautiful.
Sanna Kannisto’s work has long been influenced by her collaboration with scientists and her interest in observing nature. Kannisto is, in a way, a scientist-artist who is compiling her own collection. In her work, she explores her role at the research stations working alongside scientists, the ways in which information can be produced and interpreted as well as the tradition she has been part of. A strong desire for personal, expressive narration is also present in her work. Concern for the state of nature, the diminishing number of bird and insect species, for example, are important issues for the artist. With her visually beautiful photographs, Kannisto strives to elicit an emotional reaction that may also influence the attitudes of her audience.
About – SANNA KANNISTO (*1974, Hämeenlinna, Finland) studied photography at the Turku School of Art and Communication and at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. Her work is on display in numerous exhibitions and renowned collections. In 2017, she won the William Thuring Prize of the Finnish Art Society.
EXHIBITION : Sense of Wonder . Finnish Museum of Photography . 10 June – 13 September, 2020.
BOOK : Sanna Kannisto – Observing Eye Text(s) by Barbara Hofmann-Johnson, graphic design by Juha Nenonen . English 2020 . 144 pp., 76 ills. hardcover 25.00 x 29.00 cm . ISBN 978-3-7757-4791-2 . 40 EUR . hatjecantz.de/sanna-kannisto
12.08.2020 show complete article
Ever since his spectacular exhibition at the Romanian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial in 2015, Adrian Ghenie has been known to a broader art audience as one of the most interesting and idiosyncratic painters of his generation. His works – painted in oil, etched, troweled, or thrown – have already found their way into the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. On the art market, they almost surpass records achieved at auction.
Still, neither Gehnie’s subjects nor his technique accommodate general taste: the most important source of his collage-like compositions is the history of the “century of humiliation”, as Ghenie refers to the twentieth century – its criminals and victims. These are joined by positive heroes such as van Gogh and Darwin, along with self-portraits.
Here is a wonderful cinematic portrait of Adrian’s difficult path on his way to becoming an art star: sfmoma.org//adrian-ghenie-started-a-gallery-because-he-was-a-failure/
About – ADRIAN GHENIE (*1977, Baia Mare, Romania) studied painting at the University of Art and Design in Cluj, Romania. His work has been on display at large solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the S.M.A.K. in Ghent, the Palazzo Cini in Venice, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest. Ghenie lives and works in Berlin.
Adrian Ghenie ‘Paintings 2014 to 2019’ – Edited by Juerg Judin, Text(s) by Juerg Judin, Pamela Kort, Michael Peppiatt, design by Jakob Straub, English, 2020. 192 pages, 99 ills., bound in half linen, 27 x 28 cm, ISBN 978-3-7757-4352-5 . GoSee: atjecantz.de/adrian-ghenie
13.05.2020 show complete article
Here comes the absolute must-have magazine for the crisis! Already back in January, when the Corona virus was still some far away thing in the even farther away city of Wuhan, Max Siedentopf – artist, photographer, director and freelance art director – began constructing face masks in his London apartment using only readily available objects. Inspired by alternative masks he had seen on the Internet, the creative came up with a critical and humorous approach to the topic. Practicing self-isolation, he sculpted towers with tin cans, stitched together haute couture costumes, crafted monsters or laid traps while inventing bizarre alternatives to toilette paper or making sandals from strawberry jam. But that’s not all: He also published all of his activities on Instagram and invited followers to present their own versions of his works.
The most bizarre sculptures and weirdest scenes have now been compiled in a book at Hatje Cantz. This handy survival guide consists of different chapters that shed an ironic light on the process of getting by at home alone, whether one has chosen to isolate or has been ordered to: From “invent a new meal” to “make a painting using toothbrush” or even “balance all your beauty products” – it’s all there. His work is less about perfect aesthetics. What’s most important to him is the idea, whether he is photographing, designing or shooting a film.
He grew up in Windhoek (Namibia) and lived afterward in Berlin, LA and Amsterdam before moving to London. From 2013 to 2020, he was Creative Director at the agency KesselsKramer and became the youngest partner of the agency at only 25. He is the founder of art magazine Ordinary, which appears quarter-annually. More information and an ARTE Tracks video are available via ART ON THE BEAT by Hatje Cantz. And take a look at his website for more of his crazy projects.
Max Siedentopf ‘Home Alone Survival Guide’ (Editor: Nadine Barth, design by Max Siedentopf, English, 2020. 104 pages, 210 ills., ISBN 978-3-7757-4796-7)
07.05.2020 show complete article