With an interview to the artist by Chiara Bardelli Nonino 21,5 x 39 cm 38 pages Softcover with flaps English / Italian Publication date: November 2017
White Spacecollects a complete selection of recent pieces from the series Local Vernacular, realized by Sanna Kannisto inside the Hankoniemi archipelago in Southern Finland between 2015 and 2017. The artist works together with scientists who perform bird ringing and consequently bird migratory research in this natural reserve. Throught the “sampling” practice, Kannisto studies objects, plants, flowers, birds cut off from their natural habitat in order to represent them within a photography studio. The white background, a common presence in Sanna Kannisto’s works, is the perfect scenario for any kind of representation and classification, fostering the direct connection with scientific documentations inside the tradition of Natural History manuals.
Sanna Kannisto (Helsinki, 1974) Lives and works in Helsinki. Her work has been shown in some of the most prestigious International artistic institutions: Fotomuseum, Winterthur; Ateneum, Helsinki; Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Aperture Gallery, New York; Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norwey; Le Château d'Eau, Toulouse; Far, Fabbrica Arte Rimini; Fondazione Fotografia, Modena; NonostanteMarras, Milan; Spazio Carbonesi, Bologna. In 2011 the Aperture Foundation of New York published Fieldwork, a monograph dedicated to Sanna Kannisto’s practice, with an essay by Steve Baker. In 2015 the artist won the Finnish State Prize for Photographic Art.