Since 1997, Finnish rising star Sanna Kannisto has spent several months per year living alongside biologists in the rainforests of Latin America. Adopting elements of her companions’ scientific methods, she developed her own form of visual research, extending her depictions of flora and fauna beyond the confines of the natural sciences. Breaking away from the conventions of nature photography, which typically presents specimens in isolation, devoid of context, Kannisto’s work addresses the acts of staging and image-making. With her gentle humor, she recognizes and utilizes the constraints of science and art alike, investigating the concept of truth in photography to challenge how we view and “know” the natural world.
Sanna Kanisto (born in Hämeenlinna, Finland, 1974) studied photography at the Turku School of Art and Communication before completing her MA in Photography at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; and the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki. Kannisto is represented by the Gallery Taik, Berlin, and Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta. She lives in Helsinki.
Edited by Denise Wolff
Essay by Steve Baker
Size: 28,5 x 29 cm, 68 colour illustrations
Publisher: Aperture, 2011