ING Unseen Talent Award: Jaakko Kahilaniemi

by Unseen November 13 2018

Image: Tropospherical Forecast, from the series Nature Like Capital, 2018 © Jaakko Kahilaniemi 

Jaakko Kahilaniemi (b. 1989, FI)
Jaakko Kahilaniemi received his BA in Photography from Turku Arts Academy Finland in 2014 and his MA also in photography from Aalto University of Art, Design and Architecture in Helsinki Finland in 2018. He won the Majaoja/Backlight Prize -17 and was selected as one of the Lens Culture Emerging Talents in 2017. He was one of the ten finalists in Hyéres Photo Festival and also one of the ten finalists in Fotofestiwal Łódź in 2018. His work has been featured in publications such as Eikon Magazine, Greenpeace Magazine, Der Grief and HANT Magazine. He has been exhibited his work at various international galleries and institutions.

In his work, Kahilaniemi aims to understand nature and the world around him by exposing the effects of humankind on the environment. He continuously challenges himself to try and find new ways of increasing his understanding and knowledge through visual perspectives.

Artist statement
With Nature Like Capital, I set out to visualise the complex and contradictory relationship between man and nature, reflecting on the manner in which mankind is part of the natural circle of things. My work attempts to make peace between humans and nature in some way, despite my awareness of the impossibility of this task. I approach my subject with an open-minded playfulness, and my photographs often serve as evidence of the visual research I conduct. I am drawn to places where the radical interference of people or of natural forces are visible - be it a plantation of trees or the aftermath of a forest fire. I want to present my ideas with a certain directness, but always with some visual secrets that challenge the viewer to consider the broader context of my work.