Jonna Kina works in the cross sections between image, sound and language. Her solo exhibition After Life fills Helsinki Contemporary in April. Layers of art history and the study of the frontiers between life and death though poetry, music and archeology are combined in Kina’s new works. The stories of ancient artefacts and confessional fragments lead us to the age-old questions of humanity. How do we live, what will be left of us, and who is listening? After Life is the internationally renowned artist’s debut appearance at Helsinki Contemporary.
Jonna Kina’s (b. 1984) graduated from the Finnish Academy of Arts and from Aalto University, School of Arts, department of photography. She has also studied in the School of Visual Arts, New York and in Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Kina’s works has been widely presented in numerous international exhibitions and festivals, such as Tokyo Photographic Art Museum; Berlinale Forum Expanded Cinema Program, Berlin; Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA; Galleria delle Carrozze di Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence; Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg; Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg; Moscow Biennale for Young Art.
Nordisk Panorama selected Kina’s film “Arr. for a Scene” as the “Best Nordic Short Film”. She has been also shortlisted for the VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize in Florence. Kina’s works are represented in collections of such as Musée de l’Elysée, Fundación RAC – Foundation of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki City Art Museum, Saastamoinen Foundation, City of Levallois, Sara Hildén Art Museum, France, Finnish Museum of Photography among others.