Sanna Kannisto
Photo: Veikko Kähkönen

Sanna Kannisto’s oeuvre combines powerful personal narrative with the idea of photography as objective documentation. Her recent photographs relate to the current topic of the terrain that separates the sciences from the arts. Kannisto observes natural phenomena, but also her own individual position as an actor, experiencer or explorer in producing and interpreting the data. She has worked in rain forests and, most recently, in Finland. She investigates not just the curious species of the rainforests and the more familiar Finnish birds, but also metaphors for seeing, and the codes of scientific visualization. Kannisto’s photographs can be viewed as a performance: she creates miniature studios that function as both a laboratory and a stage for the photographic process. The images focus on plants and animals that we can rarely hope to see in their natural habitats, while the theatrical presentation distances us from the actual subject matter. 

Sanna Kannisto (b. 1974, Hämeenlinna) graduated from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki in 2002. In recent years, she has become one of the most successful young photographic artists from Finland. She has exhibited around the world, in Europe, the USA and South America, e.g.: at Le Château d’Eau, Toulouse, 2012; Aperture Gallery, New York, 2011; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2013; and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, 2013. Her work is represented in several public collections abroad, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, and in numerous collections in Finland.