Kaisu Koivisto

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Installations, photography, drawing and video are integral aspects of Kaisu Koivisto's artistic practice.


The common denominator of Koivisto's works is uncomfortable matter. Materials, objects and structures carry information about the past. She contrasts the burden of materials and the pleasure of objects with the transience of materials. She photographs natural scenery blemished with signs of exploitation as well as redundant military sites where massive concrete structures crumble. Uncomfortable matter also in the meaning of matter=topic. The material world around us carries much information about history. Not in sight, not in mind is often so true.


Kaisu Koivisto (b. 1962) earned her MFA at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. She lives in Helsinki, Finland.


Koivisto´s work have been shown for instance in: Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen, Rome; Kiasma, Helsinki; Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; PS 1, New York; Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo and Pori Art Museum, Pori.



Artist statement


The relationship between natural phenomena and technologies is an ongoing subject of exploration for me. I investigate the intersections of nature and culture and the modes in which mankind harnesses and exploits - or attempts to control - natural phenomena. How do we look at animals and nature? What is nature? How is the impact of technologies visible in the environment?


My artistic practice traverses photography, drawing, video and sculptural elements. These diverse strands come together in the framework of installations. The topics and materials which I focus on are charged: materials such as recycled leather and fur, bones, horns and other organic matter bear traces of wear and tear, thus indicating the passage of time. The transience of materials is a connecting aspect of my sculptures and photographs. I am interested in an ambivalent aesthetic, the simultaneity of attractiveness and repulsiveness, the synthetic and the organic, stark geometry and the ornamental.


I am inspired by the rough wilderness of the North as well as by the signs of human activity in the environment. Thus, my work tell more about people than nature: about the commodification of nature, the production of raw materials and the allegorical aspects of natural phenomena. The roots of my work are also in the realms of zoos, wunderkammers, science fiction and domesticated animals.


My interest in cultivated and restrained nature leads me to well-known metropolises as well as areas which no longer are in focus of international geopolitical attention. Places in a dreamy state of oblivion such as former Cold War nuclear missile bases in Eastern Europe represent in my works estranged landscapes of the subconscious. Left to the elements, the massive structures of the abandoned areas gradually erode and become engulfed by vegetation.




For more information see www.kaisukoivisto.com

I work with

  • Installation
  • Metal
  • Mixed media
  • Others
  • Paper
  • Public Art
  • Video

Solo Exhibitions


2015                 Elsewhere. Galleria AMA, Helsinki

2014                 Longing for a Landscape. Galleria Harmaja, Oulu; P-galleria, Pori

2013                 Techno Nature. Schuebbe Projects, Düsseldorf

                        Loud Silence. Kuntsi Museum for Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland               

2012                 Loud Silence. Aboa Vetus& Ars Nova Museum,Turku, Finland

                        Index. Galleri Konstepidemin,Gothenburg,Sweden

2011                 In a Different Light. Forum Box, Helsinki

                        The President of Finland´s Invitational Exhibition. Kultaranta. Naantali

2010              Eye to Eye. LOOV galerii, Tartu, Estonia

                        Bambiesque. Nurmijärvi Library Gallery

2010              Strawberry Patch. Galleria Å, Turku. Galleria Pihatto, Lappeenranta

2009              Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki

                       Changelings. Galleria Harmaja, Oulu; Galleria Himmelblau, Tampere

2007               Interiors. Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Helsinki

                      Planet Bread. Almondine, Brooklyn, New York

2006             Surface Traps. Galleria Heino, Helsinki

2005              Global Nomad. Galleria Ama, Turku

    Cows in New York City:Reintroducing the Species. E.Jaske             Gallery,Sydney,   Australia

2004          Parallel  Systems. Galleria Heino, Helsinki

                    Cargo. The Finnish Paper Art Gallery, Kuusankoski

2002          The Great Meat Book. Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki

Earthbound. Galleria AMA, Turku

2001          Cows in New York City: Reintroducing the Species. Photographic Gallery                             Hippolyte, Helsinki

                  Wild. Hafnarborg Art Center, Hafnarfjördur, Iceland. Galleri                     Enkehuset,  Stockholm

2000         Wild. Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku

Cows in New York City: Reintroducing the Species. Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, New York; and Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland

1999           Inseparabile. Galleria Arco di Rab, Rome

                    Under the Skin. Studio X, Pori, Finland

                    Revier. Schuebbe Projects, Düsseldorf

Group Exhibitions


2016                 Menagerie, Galerie Toolbox, Berlin           

                        Under the Surface. House of Arts, Veszprem, Hungary

                        Objekti. Environmental art in Espoo Center, Espoo, Finland

                        Ultramarin / Bortom Havet. Gocart Gallery, Visby, Sweden

2015                 Moving Image Montage. Zeppelin, Melbourne, Australia.

                        Liquid Spaces. Linnagalerii, Pärnu, Estonia

                        Muistojen karuselli. Wanha lasitehdas, Riihimäki              

                        LANDSCAPE - METROPOLIS, G11 Galerie Former Power Station,  Berlin

                        LARU15 Human Era – Nordic Environmental Art Exhibtion Lauttasaari, Helsinki

2014                 Parallax - Geographical Resonances. Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City Duesseldorf Photo Weekend, Düsseldorf

                        Environmental Art in Fall, Söndre land, Norway

2013                 Intersezioni / Intersections Kaisu Koivisto / Claudia Peill. Museo Andersen, Rome

                        OpenART. Örebro Art Museum, Sweden

2012                 Camouflage.Visual Art and Design in Disguise. Kiasma Museum for Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

                       Reality Bites. Document in Contemporary Art. Kiasma Museum for                      Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

                        Helsinki Photography Biennal 2012: URBANITET. Finlandsinstitutet, Stockholm

2011                 An Exchange with Sol Lewitt. Mass MoCa,North Adams, Massachusetts,USA

                        Tierisch - menschlich. Kulturforum Alte Post, Neuss, Germany

2010             Kajaani Art Museum. Kajaani, Finland

                     Luvassa lämpenevää. Joensuu Art Museum. Joensuu, Finland

2009               Richtung Norden. Maerz Künstlervereinigung, Linz, Austria

Parallel Worlds – Fleeting Realities. Scala Mata Exhibition Space, Venice

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