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Aino Kannisto

Photographs by Aino Kannisto
Hotel Bogota, Berlin
The photographs of 2012 and 2013 have been made almost exclusively at the former Hotel Bogota in Berlin. Given its past and the particular rooms, the building appealed in a way, which also inspired Aino Kannisto, who returned there several times.

Exhibitions at Galerie m 2018 women on their own
2015-16 Aino Kannisto
2013 She and She. Seit 1997
2006 New Photographs
 
Untitled (Red Kitchen), 2004
C-Print, Diasec, 90 x 117 cm
Untitled (White Brick Wall), 1997 (2012)
Pigment Ink Print, Diasec, 65 x 65 cm
Statement
I make constructed pictures. I build fictional scenes which I record with the camera. I myself play the individuals in my pictures. However, my pictures are not self-portraits in the traditional sense. The person in the picture is a fictional narrator in the same way as there are narrators in literature. My pictures are fantasies, I represent an atmosphere or a mood through fictional scenes. Fantasy is a means to speak about emotions.

Making art is for me a reaction to being in the world. I am engaged with my artistic work as I am always a perceiving and reacting human being. I see pictures in my mind, the things I have dealt with come into my dreams and still moments. I cannot stop working as I cannot stop thinking or existing in the world.

I am influenced by the surrounding world, literature, cinema and photographs as well as by images more difficult to locate, such as memories, daydreams and nightmares. The individual pictures do not have names as I do not want to define my pictures by naming.

In photography I have always been fascinated by the physical side of the work, my own bodily presence in the pictures and a careful building of the scenery before the moment of exposure.

Making pictures is for me a way to deal with human emotions. It is also a source of immense creative energy and pleasure – a way to give meaning to life by sharing some part of the world which otherwise remains private.