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Sanna Kannisto

Born in Hämeenlinna, Finland in 1974. Lives and works in Helsinki.
E-mail: sanna(a)sannakannisto.com | www.sannakannisto.com

Studies

  • 1998–2002 MA, University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Dept. of Photography
  • 1994–1997 Turku school of Art and Communication, Dept. of Photography

Solo exhibitions (selected)

2015

  • Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland
  • Galerie La Ferronnerie, Paris, France

2013

  • Far, Fabbrica Arte Rimini, Galleria d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Rimini, Italy

2012

  • Fieldwork, Le Château d’Eau, Toulouse, France
  • Gallery Taik Persons, Berlin, Germany
  • Gallery Metronom, Modena, Italy
  • Galerie La Ferronnerie, Paris, France

2011

  • Fieldwork, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, SKMU, Kristiansand, Norway
  • Fieldwork, Aperture Gallery, New York, USA
  • Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland

2008

  • Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Contemporary Art Centre, Bignan, France
  • Le centre photographique d’Ile-de-France CPIF, together with Ilkka Halso, France
  • Galerie La Ferronnerie, Paris, France
  • Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Korjaamo Culture Factory, Gallery 1 & 2, Helsinki, Finland

2007

  • Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna, Austria

2006

  • Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, USA
  • Galerie La Ferronnerie, Paris, France
  • Yours Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
  • Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Berlin, Germany
  • Gallery F-Station, Photomonth in Krakow, Poland (catalogue)

Group exhibitions (selected)

2015

  • Fotografia Contemporanea dall’Europa nord-occidentale, Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Italy

2014

  • Collective Collection, volet 2, BBB centre d’art, Toulouse
  • Summer Selections – De Buck Gallery, New York City, New York
  • What´s Life Anyway?, Tromso Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway
  • Asombrosas afinidades, PHE2014, Fundación Antonio Saura. Casa Zavala, Cuenza, Spain
  • Nordic Light International Festival of Photography, Kristiansund, Norway
  • Photography into Art. The Hannula & Hinkka Collection, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku, Finland
  • Le bestiaire des photographes, Centre culturel Henri-Desbals, Toulouse, France

2013

  • ARTE Vidéo Night 5/ screening, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
  • Drôles d’oiseaux, Galerie La Ferronnerie, Paris, France
  • Vermessene Dinge/ Measured things, Eres Stiftung, Munich, Germany
  • Reality Bites,(2 Nov. 2012 – 14 April 2013) Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
  • Spécimens, Domaine de Chamarande, Chamarande, France
  • The Near and the Distant – Photography and Space, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany
  • Photography into Art. The Hannula & Hinkka Collection, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki

2012

  • State of the Art  – New Contemporary Photography, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany (catalogue)
  • International Photo Festival Knokke-Heist, Belgium
  • Hunters and Hunted, Insects in contemporary art, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden – Rot, Germany (catalogue)
  • Sammen/Together, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway
  • Révélations, Galerie La Ferronnerie, Paris, France
  • Äärimmäisyyksien yhteinen tekijä, WAM, Turku, Finland  (catalogue)
  • Finders Keepers, Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä, Finland (catalogue)
  • Regards photographiques finlandais sur la nature, Jumieges, Abbaye se Jumieges, France

2011

  • A Female View. Part 2-aus der Helsinki School, Foto Raum, Wien, Austria
  • Für Hund und Katz ist auch noch Platz, Art Foyer DZ Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Beautiful Vagabonds, Yancey Richarson Gallery, USA
  • Prague Biennale, The romantic construct, Czech Republic (catalogue)
  • 8th Mercosul Biennial, Essays on Geopoetics, Porto Alegre, Brazil (catalogue)

2010

  • Strange Travelers, Tanya Bonakdar gallery, curated by Mark Dion, New York, USA
  • elles@centrepompidou, women artists in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (catalogue)
  • Wald, Städtische Galerie Waldkraiburg, Waldkraiburg, Germany (catalogue)
  • Repeat All, Centro Cultural Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Speed, Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas, USA

2009

  • The Tree, Fuglsang Art Museum, Island of Lolland, Denmark
  • Variations on Transcending the Finiteness of Human Vision, Riga Art Space, Latvia
  • FotoRio –Short List/The Dream Machine, Niterói Museum of contemporary art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Repeat All, MIS – Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo, Brazil (catalogue)
  • Arctic hysteria Onscreen, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary
  • PhotoEspana, Descubrimientos PHE Madrid, Spain
  • Får ej övertäckas, Eskilstuna Art Museum, Sweden (catalogue)
  • Nature en Kit, MUDAC Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Struggle for  life, Eres Stiftung, München, Germany

2008

  • Other florae, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Video short list : Machines à rêver/ Dream machine, Passage de Retz, Paris, France (catalogue)
  • REAL, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (catalogue)
  • Observing beast, time, evolution, Kunstverein Hildesheim, Germany (catalogue)
  • Arctic hysteria Onscreen, Museum of Modern Art Moma, New York, USA
  • Cinéma et videos d’artistes, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
  • Five variations on the finiteness of human vision, Artget Gallery, Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Tapis, coussins et videos, 36th La Rochelle International Film Festival, La Rochelle, France

2007

  • Research and Invention, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (catalogue)
  • Bird Watching in Harlem, De Vishal exposition space, Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Garden Eden –The Garden in Art since 1900, Kunsthalle Emden, Germany (catalogue)
  • Self-timer, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, Romania
  • Age of the Animal, Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland (catalogue)
  • Grey matters – photography is thinking, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (catalogue)
  • Repeat All, Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Photo Finnish – The Helsinki School, Stenersen Art Museum, Norway
  • Repeat All, La Casa de la Cultura, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2006

  • Self-timer, Nikolaj Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Art, Life & Confusion, the Belgrade Biennial, Serbia (catalogue)
  • Streams of Story, Glasgow Festival of Contemporary Visual Art, Tramway Gallery, Great Britain
  • The Faraway Nearby, White Box, New York, USA
  • Focus Finland, KBB Barcelona, Spain
  • Self-timer/ Selbstauslöser, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (catalogue)
  • Presence, Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum, Turku, Finland
  • Vad är fotografi? The Helsinki School, Borås Art Museum, Sweden

Works in collections 

  • Centre Pompidou – Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France
  • Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
  • MEP, Maison européenne de la photographie, France
  • Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
  • Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland
  • Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland
  • Le Fonds national d’art contemporain (FNAC), The State Art Collection, France
  • Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, FRAC Haute-Normandie, France
  • Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, FRAC Bretagne, France
  • DZ-Bank Art Collection, Germany
  • Statoil Art Collection, Norway
  • Fondazione Fotografica, Modena, Italy
  • State Art Collection, Finland
  • Vihuri Foundation, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
  • Salo Art Museum, Finland
  • SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway
  • Le Château d’Eau, Toulouse, France
  • Domaine Départemental de Chamarande, Chamarande, France, France
  • Artothèque, Bibliothèque d’Auxerre, France
  • Société Yves Rocher, France
  • Private collections Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, USA, Austria and Switzerland

Publications (selected)

  • State of The Art Photography, Feymedia and NRW-Forum Duesseldorf, Germany 2012
  • Fieldwork, monograph, Aperture Foundation, New York, 2011
  • The Helsinki School, Vol. 4, A Female View, Hatje Cantz, Germany 2011
  • Foam Magazine #19, 2009, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Northwawe, Overview of video art in the Nordic Countries, Guerini, Milan 2009
  • Photo Art: The New World of Photography, Thames and Hudson, 2008
  • Photo Art: Photography in the 21st Century, Aperture, 2008
  • REAL, From the collecton of DZ-BanK, Städel Museum and Hatje Cantz, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Research and Invention, catalogue, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland 2007
  • Photo Art: Fotografie im 21. Jahrhundert, DuMont Literatur und Kunst Verlag, Germany 2007
  • Garden Eden, DuMont Literatur und Kunst Verlag, Germany 2007
  • The Helsinki School, Hatje Cantz, Germany 2007
  • Selbstauslöser –catalogue, Kunsthalle Fridericianum 2005
  • Framework, The finnish art review, issue 4/ Dec. 2005
  • Helsinki Photography Festival 2005, catalogue, Gallery Hippolyte, 2005
  • The Helsinki School, Hatje Cantz, Germany 2005
  • Private Collection, catalogue, Sanna Kannisto and Galerie La Ferronnerie, Helsinki, 2004

Selected grants and awards

  • 2015 State Prize for Photographic Art
  • 2015 Nomination for the Finnish Fine Arts’ Academy Prize
  • 2015 Arts Council of Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • 2012 Finnish Cultural Foundation Prize
  • 2011 Finnish Cultural Foundation, FRAME
  • 2010 Arts Council of Finland, FRAME
  • 2009 Arts Council of Finland
  • 2007 Arts Council of Finland, Ministry of Education, Oskar Öflund Foundation, FRAME,
  • Greta and William Lehtinen Foundation
  • 2006 Fine Arts Society of Finland, FRAME
  • 2005 Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Arts Council of Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • 2004 City of Paris, FRAME
  • 2003 Hasselblad Foundation, Ministry of Education, Finnish Cultural Foundation