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Uutta / News 2017-2018
Der lieben Mutter [volkskunst] Axel Obiger, Berlin
Viterbo - Miltä keskiaika näyttää nyt?
Porvoo Triennial, Porvoo
A Clear Day. Nääs slott, Lerum, Sweden
Hiilisatu / Coal Fairy Tale. Galleria Orton, Helsinki 2017
Teoksia myytävänä / Works available
Ultramarin. Bortom Havet / Beyond the Sea. Gocart Gallery, Visby, Sweden.
Jossain muualla / Elsewhere. Kirja / book
Jossain muualla / Elsewhere. Galleria AMA, Helsinki 2015
Piirrän kartat uudelleen / Drawing Maps Anew. 2015
Think : North
The End of The End
Northern Soul: Landscapes of Longing
Liquid Spaces. Linnagalerii, Pärnu, Estonia 2015
Environmental Art in Fall, Söndre land, Norway, 2014
Kesä / Summer 2014
Maiseman kaipuu / Longing for a Landscape. Galleria Harmaja, Oulu; P-galleria, Pori
Techno Nature. Schuebbe Projects, Düsseldorf 2013
The Arctic Circle 2013
Intersezioni / Intersections. Claudia Peill and Kaisu Koivisto. Rome, 2013
Kesä / Summer 2013
Äänekäs hiljaisuus / Loud Silence. Vaasa 2013
Äänekäs hiljaisuus / Loud Silence. Turku, 2012
Perfect Circle. 2-channel video installation, 2011
Rakennettu, unohdettu / Built, abandoned
Urban and Forest 2011-12
Kesä / Summer 2011
Tasavallan presidentin kutsunäyttely Kultarannassa 14.6.–28.8.2011 / The President of Finland’s Invitational Exhibition at Kultaranta
Toisessa valossa / In a Different Light. Forum Box, Helsinki 2011
Hurmiollisessa tilassa, tanssiteos / In an Enchanted State
Bambiesque - Monsters and Cuties
Jalostettu laji / Cultivated Species. Tampere 2010
Index 2010
Mansikkapaikka / Strawberry Patch, Turku 2010
Richtung Norden. MAERZ, Linz
Changelings, 2009-2012
mURBAN. Artborg, Sipoo 2009
Turku Biennial 2009
Vaihdokkaita. Galleria Himmelblau, Tampere 2009
Vaihdokkaita. Galleria Harmaja, Oulu 2009
Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki 2009
Työhuoneella / At the studio 2009
Observatorio / Observatory
Vaihdokkaat 2007 - 2009
Sisäkuvia / Interiors, 2007
Planet Bread, 2007
Pintapyydyksiä / Surface Traps. Galleria Heino, Helsinki 2006
Mid-Career Retrospective, New York City, 2004
New Yorkin lehmät: lajin palauttaminen / Cows in NYC: Reintroducing the Species, 2000
Rakenteita / Structures
Tilateoksia / Installations
Piirtämisestä / On Drawings
Links
Arkisto 1 / Archive 1 2006 - 2009
Arkisto 2 / Archive 2, 1993-99
Arkisto 3 / Archive 3, 2000-05
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The End of The End

Growing up in the Cold War period, The End - nuclear destruction - loomed upon the world. The missiles of the superpowers were near. Now, I walk in a lush forest which was top-secret only less than thirty years ago. The road, made of concrete slabs, leads to an abandoned missile base. Austere missile hangars. Lots of them, most of them made of similar, pre-fabricated elements. L-zones, which were storage areas for nuclear warheads. Missile launch pads with their distinctive, geometric iron parts. Missile silos, now silent, over 30 m deep into the ground.

The notion of sublime connects many of the views at the missile bases with the tradition of landscape painting or photography. The metaphorical and poetic scenes also depict estranged landscapes of the subconscious.

The picturesque scenes in the places which used to house weapons of mass destruction are fascinating for an artist interested in history. I am enchanted by the silence which is broken by a deer diving into the greenery or the distant buzz of a chain saw. Simultaneously, the idea of the destructive powers of nuclear weapons makes me wince.

I recall the social and political dimensions which the ruins represent. The current events in Europe remind me that the equilibrium of peace and war is fragile.

I have mostly focused on the Baltic countries Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Looking closer, the traces of military action can be seen everywhere. Neglected and half-destroyed Soviet monuments, left to the elements. Building complexes dating from the czarist time stand strong, the brick walls eroding. I have become aware of how blood-soaked the soil is in Eastern Europe. It has been the battleground of Germans, Soviets, Balts and Russians. And, I have gained a new perspective of my native Finland. The roots of silence and finlandization run deep.

For a more extensive selection of images see
http://kaisukoivisto.pictures.fi/kuvat/The+End+of+The+End/



















 
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