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.

In 1997 Kannisto started spending several months per year in field rnstations in the rainforests of Latin America, working alongside with rnbiologists. Having always been interested in biology, natural history rnand the question of how science is trying to explain the world, Sanna rnKannisto adopts methodological elements of scientific research to rnquestion its concept of how nature is approached. She amplifies her rnquery by visually trespassing traditional portraiture of nature that rnusually depicts its objects isolated on white background. Through her rnconcept of crossing both disciplines - science and art - Sanna Kannisto rnevolves a perspective that alerts to human´s sight of nature and its rncomplexity.

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Sanna Kannisto´s idea of ‘visual research´ leads her to approach the rnobserved species in a way that eliminates all attempts to create rnobjectivity. The settings for her "Field Studios" (2000-2010) do not rndevoid the subjects from a context but put them into mise en scène rnarrangements that adhere to specific references. When deciding to have rnboth in the picture - the stage as well as the staged - Kannisto rndeconstructs ironically the claim of truth that is inherent to science rnas well as to photography.

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The series "Act of Flying" (2006) shows a hummingbird with shiny, rncolourful plumage, being photographed in flight. The motion of the bird rnis captured against a white background in individual images. rnNevertheless, it is not a study of a hummingbird´s flight or movement asrn it was in Eardward Muybridge´s case in "Animal Locomotion" (1887), but rnit is a sensitive aesthetical survey of the moment that evolved through rnthe encounter of the observing artist and her object.

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Kannisto´s research of how nature is portrayed and represented in thern context of art and science results into the conclusion that "it´s more rnabout trying to research human ways of seeing and working than claiming rnto make research on nature". Continuative she explains that it is "the rnselection of viewpoint in relation to what is looked at that decides on rnthe result that is presented as truth". Particularly this notion is rnevident in Kannisto´s work "Close Observer" (2010). It reflects the rninterdependence of the observing subject and the object of observation rnand adverts with a humorous wink to the paradoxic concept of capturing rnreality.

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-Jenny Rosemarie Mannhardt