Kaisu Koivisto

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Uutta / News 2019-2020
Afrikanda - havaintoja koneista ja laiteista / - On Machines and Devices. Turun taidehalli, Turku, Finland 2019
Location/Dislocation. Between remembering and forgetting. Art Station Dubulti, Jūrmala, Latvia 2019
Topophilia. Yukon Arts Centre Art Gallery, Whitehorse, Canada 2019
Capriccio. Gallen-Kallela Museo, Espoo, Finland 2018
Nuuk, Greenland, 2018
Maisema riisinjyvässä / Landscape on a Rice Grain 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 Harmaja, Oulu 2009
Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki 2009
Työhuoneella / At the studio 2009
Observatorio / Observatory
Vaihdokkaat 2007 - 2009
Sisäkuvia / Interiors, 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
Arkisto 1 / Archive 1 2006 - 2009
Arkisto 2 / Archive 2, 1993-99
Arkisto 3 / Archive 3, 2000-05

New Yorkin lehmät: lajin palauttaminen / Cows in NYC: Reintroducing the Species, 2000

New Yorkin lehmät: lajin palauttaminen (valokuvaprojekti, 2000)
Cows in New York City: Reintroducing the Species (photo project, 2000; for a detailed description of the project scroll down)

2nd Avenue, East Harlem. NY, NY

Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush. Brooklyn, NY

On a visit to New York some years ago I explored the history of the metropolitan area. I heard that there still were cattle on Staten Island as recently as some decades ago. I was inspired to make a project about the development that has occurred; to trace if there are some signs left of the numerous farms and pastures.

In order to find the places where the farms used to be, I researched the archives of the Staten Island Institute, Staten Island Historical Society, Museum of the City of New York, The Bronx Historical Society, Long Island Division of the Queens Borough Public Library, and the Brooklyn Public Library. Old maps and photographs were a useful resource. Comparing 19th and early 20th century maps, and even older ones, with current maps showed the way that farmland has become residential areas.

East Broadway, Chinatown. NY, NY

Cows in New York City? Cows are an integral part of our lives, though we seldom think about it. Milk, cheese and meat are basic foods. Leather. A cow as an animal is also highly symbolic. In my sculpture, installations and photography I have used cow horns, bones and teeth as materials. The starting point of many of my works is the relationship between people and domestic animals in all its multi-faceted extent. In cities animals represent nature in a domesticated form.

East 9th Street, East Village. NY NY

For this project realized in 2000 I took cows back to the places that used to be farms or grazing land - in the 17th century or as recently as a few decades ago. My exhibit consists of 78.5 x 100 cm colour photos of these places. I made cows out of old blankets which I bought at thrift stores. The blankets represent home and warmth. They also bring an element of humour: black and red plaid "cow skin rugs" look comical. And, at the same time disturbing - something from a private realm brought into a public space. The herd of blanket cows is homeless and displaced in an urban environment. The surroundings are an important element in my photos, often in a state of flux.

I am fascinated by the way the suburb spreads. The expanding metropolitan area needs more and more land to meet the need for housing. All available land is taken into use - even areas which were previously considered wasteland.

Forest Avenue, Port Richmond. Staten Island, NY

Avenue D, East Village. NY, NY

Division Street, Chinatown. NY, NY


Quincy Street. Staten Island, NY


Avenue D, East Village. NY, NY


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