A Kiss Given by Time to Light

A Kiss Given by Time to Light

Opening: 23 – 24 May, 2020, 12 – 6 pm 
Exhibition: 23 May – 25 June, 2020 
Venue: Persons Projects / Helsinki School, Lindenstraße 34, 10969 Berlin 

Persons Projects welcomes you to join us 23 and 24 May 2020 for the opening of A Kiss Given by Time to Light, a group exhibition featuring Timo Kelaranta, Niko Luoma, Pertti Kekarainen, Niina Vatanen, and Kira Leskinen. 

It’s a tribute to Timo Kelaranta’s influence as a mentor, teacher and artist in how his experimentations with abstraction has inspired one generation after another from the Helsinki School. This exhibition reflects upon how all these artists use the photographic process as a means to exercise their own sense for essentiality in defining how they collect time through multiple exposures inspired by sound, space, color and light. Looking back over the past thirty years, Timo Kelaranta must now be considered one of the first photographic pioneers in the Nordic region to explore the numerous possibilities of abstraction as a voice in visual poetry.

Timo Kelaranta | Strange Love

Exhibition: 14 March – 21 May 2020  
Venue: Lindenstraße 34, 10969 Berlin


Persons Projects / Helsinki School is thrilled to announce Timo Kelaranta’s solo show, Strange Love. Whether it be in prose, poems or photographs, Kelaranta exercises his own sense of essentiality in how he defines one moment in time. Think of his photographs as words within his own visual poem. This group of images has been selected from the most recent body of works Numeritos as conduits for reflection.
Timo Kelaranta | Strange Love
Jyrki Parantainen | Poetic Realities

Jyrki Parantainen | Poetic Realities

Exhibition: 14 March – 25 June, 2020 
Venue: Lindenstraße 35, 10969 Berlin


Persons Projects proudly presents a collection of Jyrki Parantainen’s photographs that focus on his fascination with poetic realities. The selected works reflect Parantainen’s interest in how we define our internal viewpoints in order to understand our emotional horizons. Parantainen states "it’s much more than just a sum of shapes, colours, and light. It’s the universe with all its manifestations: grief, longing, dreams, beauty, world politics, environmental disasters, and violence. It’s about the past, the present and the future. The landscape is a canvas permanently open to interpretation”. These works form a collection of perspectives, where words intermingle with each other or rest alone upon the image, ushering in new meanings in how we identify, observe or experience a landscape within his conceptual context.

Arno Rafael Minkkinen | Going the Distance

Opening: 24 January 2020, 6pm
Exhibition: 25 January  – 7 March 2020 

For the upcoming exhibition at Persons Projects / Helsinki School, we are proud to announce the solo show Arno Rafael Minkkinen - Going The Distance. The opening reception will also host the presentation of his last publication Minkkinen, 2019.

Arno Rafael Minkkinen | Going the Distance
Sandra Kantanen | Smokeworks

Sandra Kantanen | Smokeworks

Opening: 22 November 2019, 6 – 9 pm 
Exhibition: 23 November 2019 – 11 January 2020 

For the upcoming exhibition at Persons Projects / Helsinki School, we are proud to present Smokeworks, a solo show by Sandra Kantanen.
Sandra Kantanen has delved within the world of landscape photography for the past two decades. This fascination with creating her idealized surreal sceneries stems from her earlier student days, when she went to China during her master’s studies in 2000. Kantanen states: "I studied Chinese landscape painting and became completely obsessed with the idea of trying to understand their way of looking at nature. I found out that most of the holy mountains that they had been depicting for thousands of years were almost totally destroyed by pollution and tourism.” This notion of what’s real or not has been the driving force within Kantanen’s work ever since. 

Ragna Róbertsdóttir | Configured Landscapes

Opening: 22 November 2019 
Exhibition: 23 November 2019 – 29 February 2020  

Persons Projects proudly presents Ragna Róbertsdóttir’s first solo exhibition Configured Landscapes. This collection of works, from the 1980’s to the present, reveals the diversity as well as the tactile sensitivity that Róbertsdóttir has continuously exhibited throughout her illustrious career. Her minimalistic roots reach back to the early 1980’s, beginning with her earliest experimentations with textiles and organic materials that were inherently common within her Icelandic environment. Róbertsdóttir’s approaches her work methodically, leaving each element used, enough space to define its own presence of being. 
Ragna Róbertsdóttir | Configured Landscapes
Abstractions

Abstractions

Exhibition: 26 October – 16 November 2019
Address: Lindenstraße 34, 10969 Berlin

Persons Projects | Helsinki School is thrilled to announce the group show »Abstractions« with Helsinki School artists Timo Kelaranta, Niko Luoma, Teea Saanio, Mikko Sinervo and Ea Vasko. The presented art works are united in the self reflective approach, exposing the nature of light and photography itself, while moving away from the concrete object into fascinating abstraction. 

Ville Kumpulainen | Eye and Idea

Opening: September 6 2019, from 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition: September 7 – October 12, 2019

In his first solo exhibition, 'Eye and Idea' Persons Project | Helskini School in Berlin, Kumpulainen continues his studies of the unseen by using his camera to capture new dimensions and visual actualities of mundane objects he treasures in his collection, from another point of view. He then sets out to find the intrinsic voices that lay within these objects by combining them with fragments and words he has collected from magazines and books over time. Kumpulainen states, "My body of work visualizes the unexpected and inconsistent ways of thinking artistically. Throughout the process of creation these open up to be discovered and sought after in an extraordinary manner."
Ville Kumpulainen | Eye and Idea
 Jorma Puranen | Icy Prospects

Jorma Puranen | Icy Prospects

Opening: 06 September 2019, 6-9 pm
Exhibition:
07 September – 22 November 2019

The Arctic is often associated with an idea of immensity, infinity and distance that is an invitation to discover Otherness and Elsewhere. It likewise becomes an instrument for the cultural definition of self. "Icy Prospects” is associated with new concepts of space, mobility and distance that have emerged in cultural studies. I was interested in the possibility of a cultural space created by different fates, places, histories and encounters, a fictive historical world. "Icy Prospects” is a kind of fabric of facts, fantasy, geographical imagination and intellectual landscapes.’

-Jorma Puranen

Illka Halso | The Museum of Nature

Opening: 28 June 2019, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: 29 June – September 2019

"I plan and visually construct buildings, which will protect nature from threats of pollution and what is more important, from actions of man. (...) when putting nature into a museum, you have to take under consideration the aspect of the audience/consumer. Nature becomes a joyride for tourists or a beautiful landscape turns into a meditative theatre show.”

- Ilkka Halso

Illka Halso | The Museum of Nature
Elina Brotherus | I Am Still Alive

Elina Brotherus | I Am Still Alive

Opening: Friday, 26 April 2019, 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition: 27 April – 22 June 2019

For this year’s Gallery Weekend presentation, Gallery Taik Persons will show a selection of photographs and videos from Elina Brotherus’ series Règle du jeu (Rules of the game), The Baldessari Assignments and Meaningless Work. The series, Règle du jeu, was first exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris after Brotherus was awarded the French Carte Blanche PMU prize in 2017.

Juuso Noronkoski | One Millimeter Away From Stillness

Opening: 22 February 2019, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: 23 February – 20 April 2019

"There exists a German word for describing the contradictory nature of experiencing time: Ungleichzeitigkeit, non- simultaneity. I think the concept is meant to help us understand our own relationship with the present as experienced by someone else. It also reflects those moments, which often occur when looking at photographs, when the past and the present float around in my consciousness and I can’t decide which one feels more immediate.”

-Juuso Noronkoski
Juuso Noronkoski | One Millimeter Away From Stillness
 Reflections: From Here to There

Reflections: From Here to There

Rita Anttila | Elina Brotherus | Ulla Jokisalo | Aino Kannisto |  Anni Leppälä | Kukka-Maria Rosenlund | Miia-Mari Virtanen

Opening: Friday, 29 June 2018, 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition: 30 June – 8 September 2018

Gallery Taik Persons proudly presents it’s upcoming group exhibition Reflections: From Here to There, a selection of six artists who have all been associated with the Helsinki School, spanning four generations beginning in 1995.

This exhibition is a very personal insight into how these artists translate and process their feelings and memories into their own rooms with a view.

Niko Luoma | Content is a Glimpse of Something

Opening: 27 April 2018, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: 28 April – 23 Juni 2018

On the occasion of Gallery Weekend Berlin, Gallery Taik Persons has the privilege and pleasure to introduce Niko Luoma‘s most recent works in the exhibition Content is a Glimpse of Something.

The title of the show stems from an interview between Willem de Kooning and David Sylvester from 1960 unfolding the method by which the painter approached his paintings prior to and during the process of realizing them. Luoma, who uses one of de Kooning’s bronze sculptures Head #4 as a subject piece in the exhibition, was drawn to the title by this discussion because of his own fascination for the process of doing, specifically in how it utilizes the act of trial and error as a way to unleash the unexpected. Luoma‘s uniqueness is based around his system-based experiments where the negative becomes a record for its own realization, for the compositions of overlapping planes of color and dimensionality. In his most recent series Adaptations, he reinterprets masterpieces from art history, spanning his inspirations from Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflower series (1887–89) to the iconic swimming pool paintings by David Hockney from the 1960s.

Niko Luoma | Content is a Glimpse of Something
Riitta Päiväläinen | River Notes

Riitta Päiväläinen | River Notes

Opening: 16 February 2018, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: 17 February – 21 April 2018

Gallery Taik Persons is highly pleased to present Riitta Päiväläinen with her solo exhibition River Notes.

Over the past two decades, Päiväläinen’s unique works have become internationally renowned through their idiosyncratic language and style based upon her deep sense for story-telling. Essentially, the visual imagery of Päiväläinen’s compositions can be boiled down to two elements: nature, and textiles. Combining nature and a poetic use of textiles, she creates a stage on which to reenact memories of their passing.

Jari Silomäki – Framing the World.

Exhibition: 3 November 2017 – 10 February 2018
Opening: 24 November 2017, 6 – 9 pm

Gallery Taik Persons is proud to present Jari Silomäki's solo exhibition Framing the World. An Essay on the Organization of Experience.

For this project, Silomäki collected more than two-hundred personal stories written on online platforms from all over the world, from people completely unknown to him. He translated a selection of these stories into a series of photographs that are now on display in the exhibition. Together, they form a collective narrative, in which the personas behind the aliases begin to unfold. 

Jari Silomäki – Framing the World.
Hilla Kurki – Fallen Feathers (from the Phoenix series)

Hilla Kurki – Fallen Feathers (from the Phoenix series)

Opening: 15 September 2017, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: 16 September – 28 October 2017

In living a life there are very few guarantees, but experiencing loss is one emotional hurdle we all will face at some given point. How we handle it depends upon its nature, but the death of a loved one carries its own signature. It is a fundamental human experience that can bring solace for some and the loss of self for others. Rebecca Solnit once wrote, „to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of a world that spreads in all directions like Arctic tundra or a sea of ice" (from The Faraway Nearby, 2013). This is the starting point in understanding Hilla Kurki‘s newest body of work Fallen Feathers (from the Phoenix series).

Nelli Palomäki – Shared

Opening: 30 June 2017, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: 1 July – 9 September 2017

Gallery Taik Persons is highly pleased to present Nelli Palomäki with her solo exhibition Shared

Palomäki’s photography, continuously pioneering the tradition of classic black-and-white portraiture, has established the artist among rnthe most celebrated to evolve from the Helsinki School and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture over the past decade. Shared explores the complex theme of siblinghood, decipherable in its powerful, dynamic manifestations of human relationships and familial bonds. 

Nelli Palomäki – Shared
Marked Sites – Jaakko Kahilaniemi, Jyrki Parantainen, Anna Reivilä

Marked Sites – Jaakko Kahilaniemi, Jyrki Parantainen, Anna Reivilä

Opening: 20 January 2017, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: 21 January – 19 April 2017

Gallery Taik Persons is highly pleased to present Marked Sites, our first exhibition in 2017, featuring works by Jaakko Kahilaniemi, Jyrki Parantainen, and Anna Reivilä.

The exhibition and its title refer to Rosalind E. Krauss’ essay Sculpture in the Expanded Field (1979), in which she presents the theory of the ‘expanded field’ to explain the development of the definition of sculpture in contemporary art. In her theory, she refers to so-called "marked sites” as a "combination of landscape and non-landscape.” 

Joakim Eskildsen – Roma Journeys

Opening: 28 October 2016, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: 29 October 2016 – 14 January 2017

Ten years after Joakim Eskildsen completed his work on The Roma Journeys and after touring more than 30 venues, Gallery Taik Persons has the pleasure to present the project for the first time at its Berlin gallery.


 Joakim Eskildsen – Roma Journeys
Tanja Koljonen – Between Two Dots

Tanja Koljonen – Between Two Dots

Opening: 9 September 2016, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: 10 September – 22 October 2016

Gallery Taik Persons is pleased to present Tanja Koljonen’s solo show Between Two Dots as part of EMOP – European Month of Photography 2016 in Berlin.

A red line running through Koljonen’s photographic works is the critical inquiry and artistic negotiation of polar opposites and complementary extremes: reason and instinct, rules and chance, communication and alienation, exposure and concealment. Based on objets trouvés and fragments of texts and images as traces of human inscription, the artist’s work sees an increased dealing with language, and the visual, material potential of words and ideas. 

Milja Laurila – In Their Own Voice

Opening: Friday, March 11, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: March 12 - April 23, 2016

Gallery Taik Persons proudly presents Milja Laurila’s most recent works in the solo exhibition In Their Own Voice raising the questions of the apparent transparency of our pictorial realm and the act of being looked at. 

Who is looking and whom is the gaze being focused on? How do we look at a body, a child, a woman, a man, the world? Are we looking without seeing? We are observing, but the sight might penetrate its target, see distorted, drift away. Laurila questions if photographs have the ability to forget what they once were proof of. She asks, if images detached from their original context, still remain related to the original semantic field or transform into something else. Can an image of a young girl’s spine suffering from scoliosis transform without captions into a sculptural beauty?

 Milja Laurila – In Their Own Voice
 Anni Leppälä - The light of other days

Anni Leppälä - The light of other days

Opening: Friday, January 15, 2016, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: January 16 - March 5, 2016

Gallery Taik Persons is highly pleased to present Anni Leppälä with new works in her solo exhibition the light of other days in Berlin

Leppälä’s works draw landscapes of the interior. With their acute sensibility of color and power of composition, they speak beyond the representational realm of words. Her motifs function as visual signifiers-⎯non-verbal metaphors and symbols⎯that carry concealed, ambiguous meanings. They are to be grasped and experienced through tacit knowledge similar to an oneiric state of consciousness, rather than logical reasoning. 

Plane Adaption - Niko Luoma

Opening: Wednesday, September 16 2015, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: September 17, 2015 - January, 9, 2016

The past ten years Luoma has been continually working with entirely abstract visual content through the medium of photography. His method involves a calculated, analogue technique of repeatedly exposing a single negative to lines of light, sometimes up to thousands of times, thus generating what has been denoted as "abstract photographs of time”.

Photographic function becomes content itself: what Luoma’s works have in common is their self-referentiality, in that they point towards the moment of exposure -the process of their own creation- in medium-reflexive way. Though intricately systemized parameters and number sequences are determined by Luoma prior to the exposures, he never knows what the final result will look like. His works are constituted by their inherent tension of order and chance.

Plane Adaption - Niko Luoma
 Ulla Jokisalo - How to be both

Ulla Jokisalo - How to be both

Exhibition: May 1 - June 20, 2015

Gallery Taik Persons proudly presents Ulla Jokisalo’s solo exhibition How to be both with her newest assemblages and installations.

The artist Ulla Jokisalo cuts, masks, embroiders and perforates image fragments. With needles, pins and thread she attaches and binds together parts of reality, creating her own surrealistic universe. Jokisalo is an architect of images, who through the use of cutouts, highlights opposites and contradictions. In her newest works, the artist mainly uses found and ready made image material, which she combines to create transformational stories about human life.


Displacement

Opening: Friday, March 13, 2014, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: March 14 - April 24, 2015
Participating artists: Kalle Kataila, Tanja Koljonen Jaana Maijala and Mikko Rikala.
Curated by Maya Byskov and Terhi Tuomi

Gallery Taik Persons is proud to present Displacement, the first in a series of curated group exhibitions showing new positions by young artists working with (and around) the medium of photography.

The title of the show refers to the distance that exists between experience and memory, and the translation of one into the other. The works in this exhibition encourage the viewer to think about their points of contact with memory and their emotional and aesthetic experiences. The show questions how these points of contact are preserved in our minds and asks the question: is it possible to exist in two places at the same time? Sensory and finite encounters are articulated through the use of the photographic process with space for materiality in the form of sculptures, collages and film.

 Displacement
 Jyrki Parantainen - Maa

Jyrki Parantainen - Maa

Opening: Friday January 16, 2015, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: January 17 - March 7, 2015

Gallery TAIK Persons is highly pleased to present Helsinki School artist Jyrki Parantainen with a selection of works from his early series Earth (1989–1991).

Parantainen, who played a key role as to the Helsinki School during its founding years, continues to be one of the School’s driving forces. Always seeking to further his conceptual approaches and working methods in the production of artworks, Parantainen’s creative process has undergone significant transformations throughout his now over twenty-year long career. While older works were dedicated to photography and installation in characteristically large-scale formats, more recent works as shown in the exhibition Between Heaven and Earth (2012) departed entirely from the former medium and testified a new tendency towards small-scale objects.

A continuous red line in Parantainen’s oeuvre is the importance of conceptualization and preparation in producing a new work, both mentally and materially. Critical introspection and methodical accuracy are crucial aspects to this process, which Parantainen likens to writing a script for a film. The implementation of the work reveals itself as a stage on which personal emotional endeavor, precise technique, and perfect timing engage in a forceful intimate dialogue, palpably described by Parantainen as a form of "wrestling”.

Aino Kannisto - Hotel Bogota

Opening: Friday, October 17, 2014, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: October 17, 2014 – January 10, 2015

Gallery Taik Persons is pleased to present the exhibition Hotel Bogota with previously unseen works by Aino Kannisto on the occasion of the 6th European Month of Photography in Berlin.

Aino Kannisto works within a photographic tradition that combines a documentary style with the dream-like vision of filmmakers. Kannisto uses staged photography as "a way to give meaning to life by sharing a part of the world which otherwise remains private". Her cinematically influenced photographs depict internal emotional landscapes with an eerie tension, a self imposed catharsis.

 Aino Kannisto - Hotel Bogota
 Maanantai Collective – Between the Flashes of the Lighthouse

Maanantai Collective – Between the Flashes of the Lighthouse

Opening: Friday, September 12, 2014, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: September 13 – October 11, 2014

Gallery Taik Persons is highly pleased to present Maanantai Collective with its exhibition Between the Flashes of the Lighthouse in Berlin for the first time. The show displays selected works from the series Nine Nameless Mountains (2012–2013) as well as a new set of so far unexhibited works.

Maanantai Collective’s body of work is the product of creative processes pursued by "one common author and sixteen eyes”. The group of eight artists represents a young generation of Helsinki School exponents that questions and challenges the notion of authorship. It therefore comes as no surprise that individual names remain in the background of Maanantai’s public presence as a collective whole. Catalyzing the group’s initial formation in 2011 was the shared experience of a joint trip to the Lofoten Islands in Norway; its aim being "to escape North”.

Pertti Kekarainen: TILA/Spatial Changes

Exhibition: 15th March – 26th April 2014

Gallery Taik Persons is thrilled to present Pertti Kekarainen’s first solo show in Berlin: TILA/Spatial Changes.

Pertti Kekarainen’s series TILA (since 2004) has been evolving over the course of the past ten years and consists of some 130 works in total. This extensive scope conveys well the inexhaustibility of meanings that adheres to the Finnish word tila after which the series is named. In its primary sense, it describes an architectural space, a room, or an interior space inside of an object; moreover a space or distance between different objects. At the same time, tila refers to a conditional state of a phenomenon as well as certain state of mind. Its connotations reach into various life spheres of social, cultural, and political significance. Just as meanings of words are always construed anew relative to the things they signify, so do Kekarainen’s works remain in a constant state of flux. His TILA are elusive, open structures, through which the partaker may experience and make sense of his own understanding of space. Whereas the works embody formally static entities as flat, hung images, their three-dimensional depth can be perme­ated visually by the perceiver whose compositional comprehension of the images slightly rescales and refocuses with each new pictorial element that he comes across.


 Pertti Kekarainen: TILA/Spatial Changes
 The Return of the Real: Joakim Eskildsen, Olafur Eliasson & Adam Jeppesen

The Return of the Real: Joakim Eskildsen, Olafur Eliasson & Adam Jeppesen

Exhibition: 18th January – 8th March 2014

Gallery Taik Persons and Niels Borch Jensen Gallery & Editions are delighted to announce a collaborative exhibition featuring the works of three Danish artists: Joakim Eskildsen presented by Gallery Taik Persons, and Olafur Eliasson and Adam Jeppesen presented by Niels Borch Jensen.

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from Hal Foster’s book from 1996, ‘The Return of the Real’, in which Foster discusses the conceptual genealogies of the avant-garde that engage in a historical and social conversation. The notion of environment and our perceptions of it are at the core of this exhibition, explored through the sensibilities of three Nordic artists.

Niko Luoma – No Debris, No Ruin

Opening: Friday, November 1, 2013, 18.00-21.00 pm
Exhibition: November 2, 2013 to January 11, 2014

Gallery Taik Persons is highly pleased to present Niko Luoma’s solo exhibition in Berlin, Niko Luoma is concerned, ultimately, not with "what is in front of the camera”, but "what is inside of it”.

Focusing on the process as content, his works, based on a calculated, analogue technique of exposing a single negative to lines of light up to hundreds and even thousands of times, delve into the intrinsic qualities of the photographic medium itself. In their composite structure as multi- linear progressive expansions within space, Luoma’s "abstract photographs of time” can be likened to the experience of listening to a musical piece.

 Niko Luoma – No Debris, No Ruin
 Mikko Rikala | Towards Nothing

Mikko Rikala | Towards Nothing

Duration: September 20–October 26, 2013
Venue: Lindenstrasse 34, 10969 Berlin, 2nd floor

Gallery Taik Persons is highly pleased to present Mikko Rikala´s first solo exhibition in Berlin: Towards Nothing. "What are the possibilities of Man to observe and understand the world beyond the rational mind?

This is the essential question Mikko Rikala seeks to instantiate through his photographic work. Epistemological by nature, Rikala´s enquiry examines the tension between "seeing" – equitable with the realm of physics and its sizeable dimensions as a form of rational knowledge – and "perceiving" – a conscious moment of subjective experience that presents a form of potentially irrational knowledge.

The logic of the irrational is based on his assumption of their mutually inclusive relationship in that "rational experiments can result in the discovery of something irrational". Rikala´s ultimate incentive is to transcend the limitations of human reason and intellect, and in turn conceive and make graspable that what we, on this side, feel is the unthinkable, unimaginable beyond of incommensurable space.

- Shao-lan Hertel

Aixia Li | Hwanhee Kim | Ji Hyun Kwon

Exhibition: June 6–July 27, 2013
Address: Lindenstrasse 34, 10969 Berlin, 2nd floor

Gallery Taik Persons is thrilled to present a group exhibition with the young artists Aixia Li, Hwanhee Kim, and Ji Hyun Kwon, whose works present three different contemporary approaches to the cultural connotations of language and image.

 Aixia Li | Hwanhee Kim | Ji Hyun Kwon
 Nelli Palomäki at Gallery Taik Persons

Nelli Palomäki at Gallery Taik Persons

Exhibition: 27 April– 1 June, 2013
Address: Lindenstr. 34, 10969 Berlin

The two Nordic galleries, Niels Borch Jensen Gallery and Edition and Gallery Taik Persons, are thrilled to announce that they are joining forces in a shared exhibition space in Berlin.

For their opening shows during Berlin’s Gallery Weekend, Niels Borch Jensen will present print works by Tacita Dean and Olafur Eliasson while Gallery Taik Persons will show works by the Helsinki School artist Nelli Palomäki who recently showed her work in major solo exhibitions at Ordrupgaard in Denmark (alongside Mary Cassatt) and at the Finnish Museum of Photography, and whose book Breathing the Same Air just was released in February at the renowned publishing house Hatje Cantz.

Joakim Eskildsen – American Realities / Home Works

Exhibition: April 26–June 1, 2013
Address: Lindenstrasse 34, 2nd floor, 10969 Berlin


Gallery TAIK is thrilled to present a first insight to Joakim Eskildsen's most recent series American Realities (2011) and Home Works (in progress since 2005) in Berlin.
These series represent two different approaches in Eskildsen's work. While American Realities was initiated through a project with TIME Magazine and took less than a year to complete, Home Works is again one of the artist's long-term projects, like his well-known body of work The Roma Journeys.

 Joakim Eskildsen – American Realities / Home Works
 Tiina Itkonen - Ultima Thule

Tiina Itkonen - Ultima Thule

Exhibiton: 16 February - 20 April, 2013
Address: Bergstr. 22 Mitte, 10115 Berlin

Gallery TAIK is thrilled to showcase works from the Finnish photographer Tiina Itkonen for the exhibition opening on February 15, 2013.

The title of the exhibition refers to the artist´s search for her own "Ultima Thule", a term used to describe the concept of a place outside of the "borders of the known world", specifically in the Far North.

-Jenny Rosemarie Mannhardt

Elina Brotherus - Artists at Work

Exhibition: October 20–January 19, 2013
Address: Bergstr. 22, Mitte, 10115 Berlin

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present the renowned Finnish artist Elina Brotherus with a solo exhibition in Berlin in relation to the Month of Photography 2012.

The title of the exhibition Artists at Work, refers to the corresponding series (2009) from which a variety of works will be displayed. Furthermore, a selection of photographs of Brotherus’ complete works will be presented. A reception will be held with the artist on Friday October 19, 2012. The exhibition is supported with a generous grant from the Finnish Embassy in Berlin, and during the exhibition the new monograph Artist and Her Model by Elina Brotherus will be released.

 Elina Brotherus - Artists at Work
 Authentic Music from Another Planet

Authentic Music from Another Planet

Exhibition: September 7 – October 13, 2012
Address: Bergstr. 22, Mitte, 10115 Berlin

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present the Finnish artist Mikko Sinervo with his exhibition "Authentic Music from Another Planet". Sinervo´s most recently produced series "Do the Stars Look the Same the Other Side of the World?" (2011-) is being shown in Berlin for the first time.

Through the use of various photographic techniques, the artist of the Helsinki School pursues an aesthetic approach seeking to provide possible answers to matters that engrossed scientists and laymen alike. The exhibition opening takes place in presence of the artist on September 6th, 2012.

Tanja Koljonen & Jaana Maijala: Repetitive gestures

Exhibition: August 4 – September 1, 2012
Address: Bergstr. 22, Mitte, 10115 Berlin

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present the Finnish artists Tanja Koljonen and Jaana Maijala with their joint show "Repetitive gestures".

It is the first time for the two young Helsinki School artists to be exhibited in Berlin. The selection of works displayed in the exhibition is based on the artists' dealing with the notion of gestural repetition, which in both cases is formulated in a highly individual way.

 Tanja Koljonen & Jaana Maijala: Repetitive gestures
 Sanna Kannisto – Close Observer

Sanna Kannisto – Close Observer

Exhibition: April 28 – June 23, 2012
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin - Mitte

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present Helsinki School artist Sanna Kannisto with her solo exhibition Close Observer in Berlin.

In relation to Kannisto´s first major monograph "Fieldwork", published 2011 by Aperture, the exhibition gives a broad overview of her oeuvre. Selected works from her series "Close Observer" (2008-2010) and "Field Studios" (2000-2010), including many of Kannisto´s most recent photographs, are presented in addition to works from her series "Act of Flying" (2006) as well as "Private Collection" (2003-2006). The exhibition opens in presence of the artist on Friday, 27th April, 2012.

Eeva Karhu – While unseen

Duration: 9 March – 21 April, 2012
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin – Mitte

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present the first solo exhibition with the Finnish artist Eeva Karhu in Berlin. The exhibition While unseen presents works from her series Impressio – Path, in which the artist compiles a period of time by accumulating the captured light and color. Reception will be held with the artist on Thursday, March 8, 2012

Eeva Karhu´s photographs create conceptual bridges that connect one day to another by collecting her patterns of movement as she walks from her home each morning: A visual diary that layers thirty images upon one another to form one month. Their combination composes a luminescent picture that feels itself resting somewhere between the impressionist paintings of Monet and Turner.

 Eeva Karhu – While unseen
 Ida Pimenoff – A Shadow at the Edge of Every Moment of the Day

Ida Pimenoff – A Shadow at the Edge of Every Moment of the Day

Exhibition: January 27 – March 3, 2012
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin - Mitte


Gallery TAIK is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of Finnish artist Ida Pimenoff in Berlin. The exhibition A Shadow at the Edge of Every Moment of the Day presents works of the correspondent series from 2005–2011 that was recently published in Pimenoff´s first monograph by Kehrer.

The work of Ida Pimenoff is characterized by the sensitive inquiry of very personal feelings such as losing and longing. In her photographs the artist creates sublime sceneries that play with the ambiguity of emotions adhered in between imagination and reality. A dreamlike atmosphere emanates from Pimenoff´s works depicting intimate portraits, brumous landscapes and close-ups of commonplaces. These umbral silhouettes and reflections are arranged in strong contrasts of light and dark.

Saana Wang – Hujialou

Exhibition: October 22 – December 17, 2011
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Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin - Mitte

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of Finnish artist Saana Wang in Berlin. The exhibition "Hujialou" presents works of the corresponding series by the Helsinki School artist from 2008/2009.

The works of Saana Wang are a captivating combination of documentary and staged photography. In her series "Hujialou" - that refers to the same named district in the east part of Beijing - she depicts decrepit interiors that tell about past times. At the same time the artist documents the rapid changes of urban scenery when capturing the residencies that were once built for the working-class and followed the idea of conformance.

 Saana Wang – Hujialou
 Petri Summanen - Photographer´s Archives 2004-2011

Petri Summanen - Photographer´s Archives 2004-2011

Exhibition: 03 September - 15 October, 2011
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin – Mitte

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of Finnish artist Petri Summanen in Berlin. The exhibition Photographer´s Archives 2004-2011 presents a series of artworks that documents the artist´s process of giving up photography.

"One beautiful day on the other side of the world I walked to a mountain top to give up photography. The place turned out too photographic. In another country, on the edge of a jungle I found a shallow pond where I archived my camera, and took my last photograph as an evidence and as a recollection." writes Summanen in his personal statement about the series.

Marjukka Vainio – Kimono

Exhibition: July 1 – August 27, 2011
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin - Mitte

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of Finnish artist Marjukka Vainio in Berlin. The exhibition "Kimono" presents works from the series "Red" (2006-2010), "Birch" (2006-2010) as well as the still life "Zantedeschia II" (2010) by the Helsinki School artist.

The profoundly aesthetical works of Marjukka Vainio consist of the interplay between light and shadow, darkness and luminious colours. Vainio documents the world of plants not only to accentuate the beauty of their life forms but also to create a pictorial allegory for the cycles of life and death. Strongly inherent to her still lives is the idea of momentariness as it has been developed in Dutch "vanitas-stilleven" paintings since the 17th century.

 Marjukka Vainio – Kimono
 Wilma Hurskainen – No Name

Wilma Hurskainen – No Name

Exhibition: March 18–April 16, 2011
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of Finnish artist Wilma Hurskainen in Berlin. The exhibition No Name presents works from the correspondent series from 2007 by the Helsinki School artist.

The work of Wilma Hurskainen is characterized by an intense exploration of the topics childhood and memory. To a greater extent than in her previous series "Growth" (2003-05) — in which the artist reenacts the pictures from her childhood of her and her sisters, and by doing so visually depicts the passing of time to the spectator — in the photographs from the series "No Name" Hurskainen explores the truisms of childhood memories.

Pernilla Zetterman – Turn Down Center Line

Exhibition: February 4 – March 12, 2011
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present the Helsinki School artist Pernilla Zetterman in a solo exhibition from February 4 to March 12, 2011. The exhibition takes place in cooperation with the gallery Swedish Photography.

The work of Pernilla Zetterman is characterized by an intense exploration of topics such as human control, discipline and the exertion of power. The photographs of the series "Close" result from her personal experience and deal with equestrian culture and its associated cultural codes. Using close-ups Pernilla Zetterman shows the details of the bodies of horses and riding utensils. The study of conflicting emotions is the starting point as well as the central idea of the series.

 Pernilla Zetterman – Turn Down Center Line
 Niina Vatanen - Grey Diary

Niina Vatanen - Grey Diary

Exhibition: 30 October, 2010 - 22 January, 2011
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present the Helsinki School artist Niina Vatanen in a solo exhibition entitled Grey Diary.

Niina Vatanen´s Grey Diary documents a photographic search for traces, a quest for what is left of the mortal remains of someone dear to you. The result is a multifaceted, but also splintered portrait of the artist´s deceased stepfather that at the same time includes multilayered reflection on someone´s absence.

Anni Leppälä - Chapter IV

Exhibition: 10 September – 23 October 2010
Address:
Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present Finnish artist Anni Leppälä with the solo exhibition Chapter IV, presenting her latest works.

Anni Leppälä has been selected Young Artist of the Year 2010 in Finland. Leppälä (born 1981) is one of the most promising artists of the Helsinki School, whose artists in general aim to redefine the boundaries between the genres. In her oneiric still lifes, Anni Leppälä addresses the impossible wish that the photographic medium attempts to fix instants, to halt the world´s rotating in perpetual transformation.

 Anni Leppälä - Chapter IV
 Susanna Majuri - Water Ballads

Susanna Majuri - Water Ballads

Exhibition: 10 July – 28 August 2010
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Gallery TAIK proudly presents the first Berlin solo exhibition entitled Water Ballads by Finnish photographer Susanna Majuri who is one of the most well known representatives of the Helsinki School.

In Majuri's pictures, water plays a decisive role. It is motif, work material, and symbol all at once. In enigmatic scenes that recall film stills, the artist photographs strangers and sometimes herself in and by the water. Her fascination is fed first of all by the properties of water: it buoys people up; they are apparently able to float in it. Water is colorless and yet can adopt any and all colors; it can reflect light in various ways or absorb it; it can defamiliarize or distort contours.

Niko Luoma - Equations

Exhibition: 30 April – 27 June 2010
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin – Mitte

Gallery TAIK proudly presents the exhibition Equations by Finnish photographer Niko Luoma.
Selected works from his two series Cronos (2007) and Symmetrium (2009) will be shown. Luoma´s interest is to visualize time with the means of analogue photography. Therefore he "draws" with light - which fits in well with the etymology of the word photography (gr. photos light, graphein to draw).

 Niko Luoma - Equations
 The Helsinki School - Urban Space

The Helsinki School - Urban Space

Exhibition: 30 January - 25 April 2010
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin – Mitte

Gallery TAIK proudly exhibits a group show representing the Helsinki School artists Miklos Gaál, Kalle Kataila and Jyrki Parantainen.

Nelli Palomäki - Elsa and Viola

Exhibition: 31 October 2009 - 3 January 2010
Address:
Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin - Mitte

Gallery TaiK is delighted to present the solo exhibition of young Finnish photographer Nelli Palomäki, who is a member of the Helsinki School.

In her new series Elsa and Viola the artist deals with the tradition of the classic black-and-white portrait. Palomäki sees her portraits as a means of communication. She tries not to be only the person behind the camera but also to actively take part in the process of the picture making, to be present. This presence she also searches within the persons she takes pictures of. She concentrates on their gestures and the diversity of glances.The not completely controllable and independent status of the photographic portrait fascinates her the most: "In the beginning alike, but in the end completely different."

 Nelli Palomäki - Elsa and Viola
 Ville Lenkkeri - The Place of No Roads

Ville Lenkkeri - The Place of No Roads

Exhibition: 23 September – 25 October, 2009
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Gallery TaiK Berlin is delighted to announce the exhibition with Helsinki School artist Ville Lenkkeri.

Press release in German:
Die Ausstellung zeigt Aufnahmen, die der finnische Fotograf Ville Lenkkeri in der nahezu verlassenen sowjetischen Bergarbeiterstadt Pyramiden auf Spitzbergen gemacht hat. Die Inselgruppe im nördlichen Polarmeer verfügte über reiche Kohlevorkommen, so auch das bis vor einigen Jahren von Russland verwaltete Bergarbeiterstädtchen mit dem interessanten Namen „Pyramiden", das Lenkkeri nur mühevoll erreichen konnte.

Mikko Sinervo & Ea Vasko - Drawn by Light

Exhibition: 26 June - 29 August 2009
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin

The photographic emulsion, plate or paper - is an unknown quantity, whereupon one can note with light, as the painter can with his implements.
-L. Moholy-Nagy, 1928

The pioneer of the abstract colour photograms had been already occupied by the same questions, which also distinguish the works of Mikko Sinervo and Ea Vasko: Light, colour and space. Different to Moholy-Nagy, these artists approach from the representational, transferring it into a borderland to abstraction.

 Mikko Sinervo & Ea Vasko - Drawn by Light
 Hannu Karjalainen: Young Artist of the Year 2009

Hannu Karjalainen: Young Artist of the Year 2009

Exhibition: 01 Mai - 20 June, 2009
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Hannu Karjalainen has been chosen in Finland as the artist of the year 2009. His works circle between video, photography and performance. In his videos and photographs he deals with the meaning of certain colors and with aspects of the portrait.

In the exhibition Karjalainen´s latest video installation Blackpool Pleasure Beach (2009) will be presented. On a grid of 66 squares painted on the wall with 11 colors picked from low budget airline companies (e.g. Easy Jet) Karjalainen projects a seascape video shot in Blackpool, the popular tourist spot in Great Britain. The installation is a constantly changing exploration of color - how it changes our perception of what we are looking at and what connotations it can have. Furthermore Karjalainen creates a contemporary motif of transience: low budget airlines that bring tourists to the beaches and who threaten at the same time the existence of these places because of the rising sea level.

Janne Lehtinen - Sacred Bird

Exhibition: 01 February – 25 April 2009
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Gallery TaiK is proud to present the solo exhibition by Finnish photographer Janne Lehtinen who is also a representative of The Helsinki School.

The artist born 1970 in Karhula, Finland graduated in 2002 as a Master of Arts from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. His career has included a number of international solo exhibitions. Lehtinen´s work is held in several of the major international photographic collections and he is the subject of a forthcoming monograph Janne Lehtinen - Night Shift, that will be published in 2009.

 Janne Lehtinen - Sacred Bird
 Sandra Kantanen - Shadow Images

Sandra Kantanen - Shadow Images

Exhibition: 25 October - 30 November, 2008
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Die der Helsinki School zugehörige finnische Künstlerin Sandra Kantanen hat für ihre jüngsten Arbeiten überwiegend Landschaften, Stillleben und Pflanzen fotografiert. Die von Timothy Persons kuratierte Ausstellung zeigt erstmals Aufnahmen, die bei Aufenthalten der Künstlerin in China, Tibet und Japan entstanden sind.

Helsinki By Night

Exhibition: 5 April, 2008 - 11 May, 2008
Address: Bergstr. 22, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present artists from The Helsinki School with the group exhibition Helsinki By Night, presenting their latest works.

Helsinki by Night – Berlin a project by the University of Art and Design Helsinki will open three exhibitions – in collaboration with the Museum for Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki and the Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst, which every two years has approximately 50.000 visitors at the opening weekend (held in Berlin-Mitte). The exhibitons will feature Pasi Autio, Hannu Karjalainen, Juha Nenonen, and Santeri Tuori at brandatmosphere, Ola Kolehmainen at Galerie koal and Jyrki Parantainen at KFA Gallery. Along with those coordinated openings Gallery TaiK will open an exhibition featuring Tom Hunter (Helsinki School professional workshop series). Alongside there will be shown four video artists from the Helsinki School and selected videos from the Kiasma collection. Furthermore there will be a private showing of Timo Kelaranta, Ulla Jokisalo and Pentti Sammallahti.
Helsinki By Night